That is...until tragedy strikes. Both her parents die at a very close interval, and Kianna is the only one left to pick up the pieces. Her financial stash has to go for other purposes, because it is now up to her to ensure that her parents get a decent funeral. Gone is her dream along with the loss of two people, who counted so much in her life. Left with nothing to go on, Kianna slowly dies inside, as she must face everyday life with courage and tenacity.
It then so happens that Kianna’s path crosses that of Dao, a high-powered music executive. He is looking for a personal assistant, and Kianna would fit the bill perfectly. Dao is also intrigued by the woman Kianna is hiding behind her professional demeanour, and he decides to get to know her better, because something about her tugs at his heartstrings.
Then tragedy strikes again. Dao’s father becomes sick, and the dutiful son rushes back to the older man’s side, Kianna in tow, as he needs his PA with him. But what Kianna hadn’t counted on was the fact that Dao’s family lives in China, and that she would be getting to take the trip of her lifetime when accompanying her boss. What does it matter that she isn’t a tourist – she’ll be going to China, her feet landing on that fabled land.
But what does finding a lost dream come-to-life really mean? Kianna admits she had lived for this trip, but actually taking it was in the realm of ‘one day’, not in the active present. Barriers begin tumbling down along this journey, and she is forced to admit to her attraction to Dao – actually, the mutual attraction between them.
Love was never easy, and even more so, when one treads upon different lines drawn in the sand by different and differing cultures. Can Kianna and Dao get past these lines and find a happily-ever-after?
The premise of this book intrigued me, as did the unusual multicultural and multiracial mix Ms. Tracey pinned down for her characters. Kianna is African-American, Dao is Chinese...not the usual interracial mix found in stories.
I must admit that the author managed to weave the two cultures in a fine manner in the story. The world of China is painted in glorious strokes, and the customs, traditions and cultural aspects were very reminiscent of authors such as Amy Tan.
Both Kianna and Dao are likeable characters, and their conflicts and issues were well depicted. The agony experienced by Kianna at her parents’ death is poignant and catchy in the sense that it throws the reader into her world and her psyche with a bang.
This was an enjoyable book, especially the way Ms. Tracey paints the world of China and Chinese culture.