Like Chinese silk, The Red Thread is, by turns, gentle and strong, exploring a love that breaks through the divide of race and culture, a love that is both deeply physical and a marriage of souls. Set against the backdrop of 1830s Singapore where piracy, crime, triads and tigers are commonplace, this sexy Regency-style romance (Vol.1 in "The Straits Quartet") follows the struggle of two lovers: Zhen, once the loweliest of Chinese coolies and triad member, later chosen to marry into a Peranakan family of Baba Chinese merchants; and Charlotte, an 18-year-old Scots girl and sister of Singapore's Head of Police. Two cultures bound together by the invisible threads of fate yet separated by cultural diversity.
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1830s Singapore provides the fascinating setting for The Red Thread—the first book of the four-volume Straits Quartet. Equal parts steamy romance, riveting crime fiction and period drama, the novel follow wide-eyed, adventurous Charlotte as she leaves Scotland for Singapore’s kaleidoscopic swirl of colors, cultures and languages. It’s a scandalous, juicy page-turner from start to finish.