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To All Appearances a Lady (1989)

by Marilyn Bowering

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There's a tinge of chicklit about this creatively plotted book that employs the conceit of a boat voyage circumnavigating Vancouver Island and a ghost to tell its tale. There's a small dollop of the dreamy romance scene, but not as much as made it hard for this reviewer to finish, say, Diana Gabaldon's romance-infused series (instead, read Jack Whyte, fellers). That notwithstanding, a wonderful historical novel in a region of the world not over-displayed in fiction. ( )
  Muzzorola | Jun 29, 2010 |
Canadian novel that takes place in Victoria, BC from 1888 to the present. Interestingly, it gives historical tidbits about Victoria--such as a leper colony on D'Arcy Island; the Chinese immigration in the late 1800's and opium factories in Victoria itself, approximately where City Hall is now. ( )
  corgidog2 | Mar 27, 2006 |
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I found myself rereading sentences, passages, whole pages, slowly consuming the words and the gorgeous details... Delicious.
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Bowering synthesizes time past, time present, and time-in-coincidence to create a boundless time and a boundless work of art.
added by GYKM | editThe Times Colonist
...[venturing] into the underworld of opium-trading on 19th century Vancouver Island...[t]his spiritual journey is full of fascinating historical detail.
added by GYKM | editThe Globe and Mail

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With the death of his stepmother, Lam Fan, Robert Lam is finally relieved of all family ties, free to cast off and leave behind memories of a painful past. Guided by the ghostly presence of his stepmother, Robert's sea voyage along the coast of Vancouver Island becomes a harrowing journey across the South China Seas to the perilous underworld of British Columbia's opium trade. For Robert this return to the past is an opportunity to solve the riddle of his own identity. Who was his father? What caused his mother's early death?
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