CLOUD MOUNTAIN by Amiee E. Liu, 1997. I like to read an occasional Asian love story or family drama. This writer is new to me, and I’m enjoying her work. Aimee E. Liu wrote this story of star crossed lovers based on her own grandparents lives.
This story takes place in Los Angeles. It starts out in 1941 when Hope Leon receives letter from war torn China written by her Chinese husband and father of her children whom she passionately loves. She has not seen Liang for 35 years. In 1906 Hope Newfield was a teacher of foreign students and Liang Po-Yu was her handsome student who was a scholar- revolutionary when they met and fell hopelessly in love. Bigotry, personal tragedy, the revolution and divided loyalties tested their love over and over again. The fact that it’s based on real people I find the book very interesting and thankfully well written.