Title: The Moonlight Palace
Author: Liz Rosenberg
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publish Date: October 1, 2014
Source: TLC Book Tours
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Agnes Hussein,
descendant of the last sultan of Singapore and the last surviving member
of her immediate family, has grown up among her eccentric relatives in
the crumbling Kampong Glam palace, a once-opulent relic given to her
family in exchange for handing over Singapore to the British.
Agnes is seventeen and her family has fallen into genteel poverty,
surviving on her grandfather’s pension and the meager income they
receive from a varied cast of boarders. As outside forces conspire to
steal the palace out from under them, Agnes struggles to save her family
and finds bravery, love, and loyalty in the most unexpected places. The Moonlight Palace
is a coming-of-age tale rich with historical detail and unforgettable
characters set against the backdrop of dazzling 1920s Singapore."
My Two Cents:
"The Moonlight Palace" is a historical fiction and coming-of-age story that surrounds Agnes, a seventeen year old girl who is coping with her family's slide into a lower status. Her family used to rule Singapore but that is no longer the case. It's the 1920s, when everything was changing all over the world very rapidly. Singapore was also changing quite rapidly. The story focuses on Agnes' family and I really enjoyed the quirky characters and the rich setting.
The setting of this book was great. Singapore is always a very interesting place for me to read about and the 1920s are definitely one of my favorite decades to read about so I really enjoyed these aspects of the story. Although this is not a particularly long book, the author infuses a lot of historical detail about the setting that will keep my fellow historical fiction lovers reading with vigor.
While the setting was great, the characters are really what makes up the book for me. Agnes herself is a very interesting character because she is not only growing up and coming into her own but learning to come to terms with the change in her family status. Her family is filled with some pretty eccentric characters, which made for some very great reading. All of the characters play along a backdrop of crumbly castle, which makes a fantastic setting all of the action.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and believe that those who are looking for a historical fiction book with a blood of really interesting characters will enjoy this one.
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