3 out of 5 stars to lisa sees peony in love a historical fiction book released in 2007 by random house set in 17th century china why this book i found it sitting on a bookshelf in my condos laundry room i read the jacket description which sounded like a beautiful tale of love emotions and a little bit of history. This review is from peony in love a novel paperback i love lisa sees books and was anxious to read this earlier one from 2008 its set in 17th century china and starts out as a 15 year old girl named peony is preparing for her arranged marriage. Peony in love by lisa see is an epic story which seeks to weave together the lives and souls of three young women during the transition from the ming dynasty to the qing dynasty peony in love is a historical novel in that the characters are based on real people and loosly on real events. Peony in love is the fifth of lisa sees novels her previous novel snow flower and the secret fan and peony in love emphasize the difficulty 19th and 17th century chinese women had in achieving freedom and identity in a society that was both male dominated and rigid in its gender expectations. Immersed in the richness and magic of the chinese vision of the afterlife transcending even death peony in love explores beautifully the many manifestations of love ultimately lisa sees new novel addresses universal themes the bonds of friendship the power of words and the age old desire of women to be heard peony in love
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