Rich online People Problems outlet sale (Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy) sale

Rich online People Problems outlet sale (Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy) sale

Rich online People Problems outlet sale (Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy) sale

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians (the basis for the acclaimed major motion picture) and China Rich Girlfriend, here is the uproarious conclusion to the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy.

Book Three of the Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy


When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside—but he''s not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch’s massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park—a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore—Nicholas’s childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage.

As her relatives fight over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by her ex-husband—a man hell bent on destroying Astrid’s reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to China’s second richest man, billionaire Jack Bing, still feels second best next to her new step-daughter, famous fashionista Colette Bing.

A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a kidnapping at Hong Kong’s most elite private school to a surprise marriage proposal at an Indian palace, caught on camera by the telephoto lenses of paparazzi, Kevin Kwan''s hilarious, gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets of Asia''s most privileged families and their rich people problems.

Look for Kevin Kwan’s latest novel, Sex & Vanity!

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“Flashy, funny... Delicious, the juicy stuff of classic high-society drama...  Rich People Problems is a fun tabloid romp full of over-the-top shenanigans, like a society party brawl that ruins both a Ramon Orlina glass sculpture of the hostess’s breasts and ‘a special pig that had only eaten truffles its entire life and was flown in from Spain...’ A memorable, laugh-out-loud Asian glitz fest that’s a pure pleasure to read.”  —Steph Cha, USA Today

“I gobbled all three volumes of Kevin Kwan’s gossipy, name-droppy and wickedly funny Crazy Rich Asians trilogy as if they were popcorn. (Really fresh, still-warm popcorn, with that good European butter… but I digress.) The novels, set among three intergenerational and ultrarich Chinese families and peppered with hilarious explanatory footnotes, are set mostly in Singapore but flit easily from one glamorous world city to another… Irresistible.” – Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times

“Kevin Kwan has done it again. The mastermind behind the delicious  Crazy Rich Asians series has drawn a cult-like following with his extravagant tales of Asia’s upper echelon. He’s back at with the series’s final installment,  Rich People Problems (rest assured, it’s just as enthralling as the trilogy’s first two volumes).” – Isabel Jones, InStyle

“[A] hilarious family drama… This delightfully wicked family saga will have you laughing over your summer daiquiris at the long-buried secrets of Asia’s most privileged families and their rich people problems.”  Redbook Magazine, “20 Summer Beach Reads to Stock Up On Now”
 
“There are a lot of lines in Kevin Kwan’s forthcoming novel  Rich People Problems that will make you both roll your eyes and chuckle at the pure absurdity of the characters… Pure entertainment. Think: Bravo’s ‘Housewives’ but with a lot more money and, as a result, a lot more drama.”  —Taylor Bryant, Nylon

“Thank god for Kwan... In  Rich People Problems—Kwan’s third installment in his  Crazy Rich Asians series—even more insane family hijinks unfold when greed and jealousy get fortune-hungry schemers up in a wild tizzy. Catch up on the whole saga before the film’s release.” – W Magazine

About the Author

Kevin Kwan is the author of the international bestsellers  Crazy Rich Asians, soon to be a major motion picture, and  China Rich Girlfriend. Born in Singapore, he has called New York’s West Village home since 1995. For the latest news and information, please visit:

www.kevinkwanbooks.com

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CHAPTER ONE

Davos, Switzerland

Edison Cheng stared up at the soaring honeycomb-structured ceiling in the vast white auditorium, feeling on top of the world. I’m here. I’m finally here! After years of Olympic-level networking, Eddie had at long last made it—he had been invited to attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Strictly by invitation only, this prestigious event was the most elite schmoozefest on the planet.

Every January, the world’s most important heads of state, politicians, philanthropists, CEOs, tech leaders, thought leaders, social activists, social entrepreneurs, and, of course, movie stars would descend upon this secluded ski resort high in the Swiss Alps in their private jets, check in to their luxurious hotels, put on their $5,000 ski jackets and ski boots, and engage in meaningful dialogues about such urgent issues as global warming and rising inequality.

And now Eddie was part of this ultraexclusive club. As the recently appointed senior executive vice chairman of Private Banking (Global) for the Liechtenburg Group, he now found himself standing in the middle of the futuristic auditorium at the Congress Centre, breathing in the rarefied air and catching slivers of his own reflection in the thin chrome leg of an auditorium chair. He was wearing his new bespoke Sartoria Ripense suit, which had been outfitted with an inner lining of ten-ply cashmere so that he never had to wear a ski jacket over it. His new Corthay squirrel suede chukkas had special rubber soles, so he would never slip on the slick Alpine streets. On his wrist was his newest horological acquisition—a rose gold A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange “Pour le Mérite,” peeking out the precise amount from his sleeve cuff so other watchophiles would see what he was wearing. But most important of all was what he wore over this sartorial splendor—a black lanyard at the end of which was attached a white plastic badge with his name printed in the middle: Edison Cheng.

Eddie fondled the slick plastic badge as if it were a jewel-encrusted amulet, personally bestowed on him by the God of Davos. This badge distinguished him from all the pee-ons at the conference. He wasn’t some PR hack, journalist, or one of the common attendees. This white plastic badge with the blue line at the bottom meant that he was an official delegate.

Eddie glanced around the room at all the clusters of people in hushed conversations, trying to see which dictator, despot, or director he could recognize and connect with. Out of the corner of his eye, he spotted a tall Chinese man wearing a bright orange ski parka peeking in through the auditorium’s side door, seemingly a little lost. Wait a minute, I know that guy. Isn’t that Charlie Wu?

“Oy—Charlie!” Eddie yelled, a little too loudly, as he rushed over toward Charlie. Wait till he sees my official delegate badge!

Charlie beamed at him in recognition. “Eddie Cheng! Did you just get in from Hong Kong?”

“I came from Milan, actually. I was at the men’s fall fashion shows—front-row seat at Etro.”

“Wow. I guess being one of Hong Kong Tattle’s Best Dressed Men is serious work, isn’t it?” Charlie quipped.

“Actually, I made it into the Best Dressed Hall of Fame last year,” Eddie replied earnestly. He gave Charlie a quick once-over, noticing that he was wearing khaki pants with cargo pockets and a navy blue pullover under his bright orange parka. What a pity—he used to be so fashionable when he was younger, and now he’s dressed like every other tech-geek nobody. “Where’s your badge, Charlie?” Eddie asked, flashing his own proudly.

“Oh yes, we’re supposed to wear them at all times, aren’t we? Thanks for reminding me—it’s somewhere buried in my messenger bag.” Charlie dug around for a few seconds before fishing out his badge, and Eddie glanced at it, his curiosity morphing into shocked dismay. Charlie was holding an all-white badge affixed with a shiny holographic sticker. Fucky fuck, this was the most coveted badge! The one they only gave to world leaders! The only other person he had seen so far wearing that badge was Bill Clinton! How the fuck did Charlie get one? All he did was run Asia’s biggest tech company!

Trying to mask his envy, Eddie blurted, “Hey, are you attending my panel—Apocalypse Asia: How to Secure Your Assets When the China Bubble Really Bursts?”

“I’m actually on my way to give a talk to IGWEL. What time do you go on?”

“Two o’clock. What’s your talk about?” Eddie asked, thinking that he could somehow tag along with Charlie.

“I don’t have anything prepared, really. I think Angela Merkel and some of the Scandinavians just wanted to pick my brain.”

Just then, Charlie’s executive assistant, Alice, walked up to join them.

“Alice, look who I found! I knew we’d bump into someone from back home sooner or later,” Charlie said.

“Mr. Cheng, so nice to see you here. Charlie—could I have a quick word?”

“Sure.”

Alice glanced at Eddie, who looked only too eager for her to continue while he was standing right there. “Er . . . would you mind coming with me for a moment?” she said diplomatically, guiding Charlie into a side reception room furnished with several lounge chairs and glass-cube coffee tables.

“What’s up? Are you still trying to recover from sitting at the same breakfast table with Pharrell?” Charlie teased.

Alice smiled tensely. “There’s been a developing situation all morning, and we didn’t want to disturb you until we knew more.”

“Well, spit it out.”

Alice took a deep breath before beginning. “I just got the latest update from our head of security in Hong Kong. I don’t quite know how to tell you this, but Chloe and Delphine are missing.”

“What do you mean missing?” Charlie was stunned—his daughters were under round-the-clock surveillance, and their pickups and drop-offs were handled with military precision by his SAS-trained security team. Missing was not a variable in their lives.

“Team Chungking was scheduled to pick them up outside Diocesan at 3:50 p.m., but the girls couldn’t be located at the school.”

“Couldn’t be located . . .” Charlie mumbled in shock.

Alice continued, “Chloe didn’t respond to any of her texts, and Delphine never showed up for choir at two. They thought maybe she sneaked off with her classmate Kathryn Chan to that frozen yogurt shop like she did last time, but then Kathryn turned up at choir practice and Delphine didn’t.”

“Did either of them activate their panic codes?” Charlie asked, trying to remain calm.

“No, they didn’t. Their phones both appear to have been deactivated, so we can’t trace them. Team 2046 has already spoken with Commander Kwok—the Hong Kong police have been placed on high alert. We also have four of our own teams searching everywhere for them, and the school is now reviewing all their security-camera footage with Mr. Tin.”

“I’m assuming someone’s talked to their mother?” Charlie’s wife—from whom he was estranged—lived in their house on The Peak, and the children spent every other week with her.

“Isabel can’t be reached. She told the housekeeper that she was meeting her mother for lunch at the Kowloon Cricket Club, but her mother reports that they haven’t spoken all week.”

Just then, the cell phone rang again and Alice quickly answered. She listened in silence, nodding her head every now and then. Charlie looked at her pensively. This couldn’t be happening. This couldn’t be happening. Ten years ago his brother Rob had been kidnapped by the Eleven Finger Triad. It was like déjà vu all over again.

“Okay. Tor jeh, tor jeh,” Alice said, hanging up. Looking at Charlie, she reported, “That was the leader of Team Angels. They now think that Isabel might have left the country. They spoke to the upstairs maid, and Isabel’s passport is missing. But for some reason she didn’t take any suitcases.”

“Isn’t she in the middle of some new treatment?”

“Yes, but apparently she didn’t show up at her psychiatrist appointment this week.”

Charlie let out a deep sigh. This wasn’t a good sign.

CHAPTER TWO

fullerton hotel, singapore

Every month, Rosalind Fung, the property heiress, hosted a Christian Fellowship Banquet for three hundred of her closest girlfriends in the opulent ballroom of the Fullerton Hotel. An invitation to this occasion was highly coveted by a certain segment of Singapore society regardless of their religious affiliation as it was a seal of approval from the old guard (there wasn’t a single Chindo or Mainlander in sight), and also because the food was heavenly—Rosalind brought in her personal chefs, who took over the hotel’s kitchens for one day and prepared an enormous buffet feast consisting of the most mouthwatering Singaporean dishes. Most important—this biblical bacchanal was completely free of charge thanks to Rosalind’s generosity, although guests were asked to contribute something to the offering basket immediately following the closing prayer.

Having strategically chosen a table closest to the buffet area, Daisy Foo sighed as she watched Araminta Lee standing in line at the noodle station dishing out some mee siam. “Aiyah—that Araminta! Bein kar ani laau!”

“She doesn’t look old. She just doesn’t have any makeup on, that’s all. Those supermodel types look like nothing on earth without makeup,” Nadine Shaw said as she tucked into her steaming bowl of mee rebus noodles.

Dousing her mee goreng with more chili oil, Eleanor Young commented, “It has nothing to do with that. I used to see her swim at the Churchill Club, and even when she was coming out of the pool dripping wet, she looked beautiful without a stitch of makeup on. Her face has just taken a turn, that’s all. She has one of those faces that I always knew would age badly. What is she . . . twenty-seven, twenty-eight now? It’s all over for her, lah.”

At that moment, Lorena Lim and Carol Tai arrived at the table with plates piled dangerously high with food. “Wait, wait . . . who’s aging badly?” Lorena inquired eagerly.

“Araminta Lee. Over at that table with all the Khoo women. Doesn’t she look haggard?” Nadine said.

“Alamak, bite your tongue, Nadine! Didn’t you know she just had a miscarriage?” Carol whispered.

The ladies all stared at Carol, mouths agape. “Again? Are you joking? Who told you, lah?” Daisy demanded, still chewing on her mee pok.

“Who else? Kitty, lor. Kitty and Araminta are the best of friends now, and ever since this latest miscarriage, she’s been spending a lot of time at Kitty’s house playing with Gisele. She’s completely heartbroken.”

“How often do you see Kitty and Gisele?” Lorena asked, marveling that Carol could be so forgiving of her ex-daughter-in-law—the same woman who had cheated on her son, Bernard, with a man Kitty met at the funeral of Carol’s late husband and who subsequently dragged Bernard through a particularly acrimonious divorce and custody battle. (Of course, it didn’t hurt that Carol abhorred her son’s new lifestyle of yoga and “that ridiculous Jurassic diet,” both of which she considered to be satanic.)

“I go over to Kitty’s at least once a week, and Gisele comes to church with me every Sunday,” Carol proudly reported.

“Is it healthy for Araminta to be playing with your granddaughter when she just lost her own baby?” Nadine wondered out loud.

“Aiyah, I’m sure old Mrs. Khoo must be giving Araminta soooo much pressure to produce a grandson! It’s been five years since she married Colin! My Nicky and Rachel have been married for two years now, and they still won’t give me a grandchild!” Eleanor complained.

“But Araminta is still young. She has plenty of time, lah,” Nadine argued.

“With all of Dorothy Khoo’s side disinherited, Puan’s side good-for-nothings, and Nigel Khoo running off and marrying that Russian cabaret singer, who is obviously too old to seh kiah, Colin and Araminta are the last hope to carry on the Khoo name,” Daisy commented. Having been born a Wong, of the tin-mining Wongs, Daisy had an encyclopedic knowledge of Singapore’s social history.

The ladies all shook their heads, casting pitiful glances at Araminta, who to anyone else but these women’s hypercritical eyes looked perfectly gorgeous and lovely in her yellow striped minidress from Jacquemus.

“Well, Eleanor, your niece Astrid just arrived. There’s one girl who never seems to age,” Carol observed.

All the women turned to look as Astrid descended the sweeping curved staircase with her mother, Felicity Leong; the society queen Mrs. Lee Yong Chien; and another elderly lady decked out in a cobalt blue sequined hijab.

“Who is that Malay woman wearing that ginormous ruby choker? If that center stone looks as big as it does from here, it must be the size of a lychee up close!” Lorena exclaimed. Having been married into the L’Orient Jewelry family for more than three decades, she definitely knew her rocks.

“Oh that’s the Dowager Sultana of Perawak. She’s staying with the Leongs, of course,” Eleanor reported.

“Alamak, having royalty as houseguests is such a nuisance!” Daisy complained.

Lorena, like most of the other women in the ballroom, scrutinized Astrid from head to toe as she walked to her table wearing what appeared to be a crisp men’s button-down shirt tucked into exquisitely cut navy-and-white gingham cigarette trousers. “It’s true, Astrid actually looks younger and younger every time I see her. Isn’t she in her late thirties by now? She looks like an MGS girl coming off the school bus! I bet you she must be sneaking off somewhere and getting things done.”

“I can tell you she hasn’t had a thing done. She’s not the type,” Eleanor said.

“It’s how she puts it all together. The other girls her age are dressed up like Christmas trees but just look at Astrid . . . hair in a sleek ponytail, ballet flats, not a drop of jewelry except that cross . . . is it turquoise? And that outfit! She looks like Audrey Hepburn on the way to a screen test,” Daisy said approvingly as she fished around in her new Céline handbag for a toothpick. “Blah-dee-hell! See what my snobby daughter-in-law forces me to carry? She gave me this fancy handbag for my birthday because she’s embarrassed of being seen next to me when I’m carrying my no-name purse, but I can’t ever find anything in here! It’s so damn deep, and there are so many damn pockets!”

“Daisy, will you please stop swearing? We are in the Lord’s presence tonight, you know,” Carol admonished.

As if on cue, the Christian Fellowship Banquet’s hostess, Rosalind Fung, got up from her table and walked onto the stage. A short, plumpish woman in her mid-sixties with a frizzy spiral perm, Rosalind was dressed in what seemed to be the regulation uniform of every middle-aged old-money Singaporean heiress—a sleeveless floral blouse, probably purchased from the clearance rack at John Little, taupe elastic-waist pants, and orthopedic open-toe sandals. She smiled happily from the podium at her gathered friends.

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J. Ellinger-Hunt
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Odd Character Changes But Still Ok
Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2018
I was definitely into book one. While I’m not drawn to this genre normally, I needed some light summer reading. Well, I kinda of fell in love with Nick and Rachel and their perspective of the story. I was saddened when Rachel lost a large part of the limelight in book two.... See more
I was definitely into book one. While I’m not drawn to this genre normally, I needed some light summer reading. Well, I kinda of fell in love with Nick and Rachel and their perspective of the story. I was saddened when Rachel lost a large part of the limelight in book two. But to almost completely disappear in book three was just weird. The author can write. There’s no doubting that. I’m just unsure of his reasoning behind having so many characters throughout the series and then taking the main character out of the equation in book 2/3- very odd. It reminded me of a film where the original lead wouldn’t sign up for the sequel. Book three could’ve been a lot better. Definitely a let down for me.
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Greg Polansky
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A Good Conclusion
Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2017
In the concluding book of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, the center of attention actually falls on Shang Su Yi, the matriarch of the Young-Leong-Cheng families. She has fallen ill and with her death approaching, her entire family returns to Singapore. At the start of the... See more
In the concluding book of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, the center of attention actually falls on Shang Su Yi, the matriarch of the Young-Leong-Cheng families. She has fallen ill and with her death approaching, her entire family returns to Singapore. At the start of the book, Nicholas Young is still estranged from his grandmother and with him apparently no longer the heir to the Tyersall estate, other parts of the extended family begin to jockey for position so they can inherit the most fabulous estate in Singapore.

The story focuses on the trials and tribulations Astrid Leong is going through as she attempts to divorce her husband Michael while keeping alive her new relationship with Charlie Wu. It also focuses on Nicholas as he wonders what he should do now that his Grandmother has fallen ill. And we get a lot of attention paid to the Shangs, some attention on Rachel''s brother, a good deal of attention on Kitty Pong and Oliver and almost no attention on Rachel. It seems Rachel''s story was mostly done so we don''t focus on her too much. That''s a pity because she was an amazing artistic creation and I would have loved to see more about her. And that''s why this book only merits four stars. All in all, it''s a good conclusion that could have been better.

For me, the best part of the book were Su Yi''s WWII flashbacks. If Kwan doesn''t want to continue this story then I hope he would write a story about Su Yi. She has always been amazing and now she sounds even more intriguing.
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Mariann
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Read them in order
Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2017
I bought the entire trilogy at once. I so enjoyed the first book that I immediately went on to the second, only to realize near the end, that I was reading the 3rd book. Even so, I was able to understand everything. However, when finished with the 3rd, I delved into the... See more
I bought the entire trilogy at once. I so enjoyed the first book that I immediately went on to the second, only to realize near the end, that I was reading the 3rd book. Even so, I was able to understand everything. However, when finished with the 3rd, I delved into the second, and had many aha moments, so this is why this happened and so forth. I loved this trilogy and recommend reading it in the correct order. All of the top reviews say everything I believe. I will go a step further. If you are not into big spending and consider it obnoxious, then this series is not for you. I thoroughly ENJOY all the brand names and exciting places. I am now passing the trilogy on to my best friend. I''m sure she will love it as much as I did. It may bot be a pulitzer prize winner but it is definitely entertaining. Oh yes, and I DID skim the final book again to clarify some of the finer points.
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Ash
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OK, not as good as the first two books
Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2018
The first two books were great. This book made the characters one liked in the original two seem like complete flakes. "Sorry kid your mom just died, but dad needs to fly all over the planet looking for the girlfriend who is avoiding him". "I need to vacation for weeks, but... See more
The first two books were great. This book made the characters one liked in the original two seem like complete flakes. "Sorry kid your mom just died, but dad needs to fly all over the planet looking for the girlfriend who is avoiding him". "I need to vacation for weeks, but I''m a good mother because I Facetime my kid once a day". It''s one thing when the characters we all love to hate behaved this way, but when it was a character a reader had respected? Not so much. Author did not seem to know how to wrap up the book so it ended oddly. This book was the land of stupid, contrived decisions.
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kayni
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All good things must come to an end...
Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2018
This is the last of the trilogy and quite frankly, it makes me sad that there will no longer be another installment of Crazy Rich Asians. It is a fun and easy read and widely entertaining. It puts the reader into a fairy tale world of money and power, a world I shall... See more
This is the last of the trilogy and quite frankly, it makes me sad that there will no longer be another installment of Crazy Rich Asians. It is a fun and easy read and widely entertaining. It puts the reader into a fairy tale world of money and power, a world I shall never see (nor do I want to), and highlights the family members'' struggles, from trying to lead a normal life to attaining more wealth and power. This last book dwells more into Astrid''s struggles to fit in, Nick''s internal struggles with his family and we also learn about the matriarch Su Yi''s past. It ties up some loose ends and is a great conclusion to the series.
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Just_A_Girl17
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All these books are fluff, this the least believable of the lot
Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2020
I’ve never read this series because I didn’t have time and now with the quarantine, my furlough not being lifted yet for a return to work...I decided better late than never & ordered all 3 books. I liked the 1st two books, Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich... See more
I’ve never read this series because I didn’t have time and now with the quarantine, my furlough not being lifted yet for a return to work...I decided better late than never & ordered all 3 books.

I liked the 1st two books, Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend, but I wasn’t very fond of Rich People Problems. I’ll explain...

FULL DISCLOSURE:
I actually hated the character of Rachel. I mean absolutely...the entire time she’s feeling judged by these people, Nick’s family, who she thinks are looking down on her and judging her. People who have led a completely different life than she did. And they were...but she did the same thing. She judged them, mocked them and saw them as ridiculous. She’s just as guilty of walking into that family with preconceived judgements & ideas about them as they were of her.

Just in case you haven’t read this: SPOILERS!

This book turned me off for a few reasons:
The handling of 2 characters, Kitty & Colette.

Due to events in book 2, China Rich Girlfriend, Colette is very much viewed as the villain and Kitty as the poor sainted & put upon female. I do not understand this for several reasons and didn’t see Colette as the baddie. Yes, even though I hated Rachel’s character and didn’t want to see her poisoned and die, I think characters in the book were too quick to condemn Colette. Was she spoiled? Yes. Outrageous? Yes. Evil? NO.

In the book we are told that her PA, Roxanne stated that as her PA, she took care of problems for Colette, she was a fixer & dealt with situations for Colette. It was Roxanne who admittedly left Colette’s phone to record what was being said after they “left” the dinner with Carlton’s parents. Colette got upset over what they heard in the recording because she was in love with Carlton, saying she wanted Rachel to leave China and wished she had never come there. She was worried about what the effect of actions spoken by his parents would have on him considering the emotional state he was in after the London car crash. Then there’s the fact that Roxanne admitted that the poisoning was her idea only, Colette didn’t ask her to do this and Roxanne wasn’t an idiot, she was educated, more so than Colette who I doubt would think of using a sophisticated poison like this in the first place. Colette was beautiful, trendy, stylish, rich and annoying...but she wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. If Colette were the mastermind behind the poisoning, does anyone really believe that Roxanne would “fall on her sword” to protect her? Roxanne wasn’t some lowly, underpaid and worked to death PA! She made $650,000 a year (plus other perks, per book 2) working as Colette’s PA! Think about it...this is attempted murder & the justice system in China is vastly different than the 1 in the US. There is little chance that Roxanne would get a lower charge of manslaughter...UNLESS she said she was told to do so by her boss (Colette) and was in fear of losing her job. She didn’t say that. She never implicated Colette one bit.

You might say that Colette “paid her off” to take the fall, to which I would say...WITH WHAT? At this point, Colette had been cut off from her father monetarily, he had frozen her accounts leaving Roxanne to pay the bill for the dinner that put all the plans in motion. Even if Colette offered her a large sum of money for poisoning Rachel, what good would that money do as she sits in prison for the rest of her life because she took sole responsibility for the poisoning? IMO, Roxanne took responsibility because she was responsible. I imagine it’s very easy to tell police that you were paid/forced/threatened into committing a crime, that you had an accomplice when you’re looking down the barrel of life in prison or worse. One might claim loyalty & do something terrible for another but once you’re in jail, facing punishment for something that wasn’t your own idea or that you were pushed into doing, that person tends to come to the realization that it’s not right to bear the burden of the crime alone. Roxanne never did this, even after knowing Colette fired her for it. If Colette has been in cahoots with Roxanne, asking her to poison Rachel to scare her into leaving, doesn’t anyone think that Roxanne would’ve come clean to police once Colette fires her, in effect cutting all ties and support after so many years? You can be the most loyal friend (or PA) but once you feel your “partner in crime” has turned their back on you, the truth comes out with a vengeance so you won’t suffer alone. So no, I don’t think Colette came up with the idea and I thought it sucked that she was reviled for it. Colette was a spoiled girl, one who likely had little parental influence, was raised by staff and left to her own devices.

Now about Kitty, a woman who was at the end, viewed much more favorably than Colette for reasons I don’t understand. Kitty was the true gold digger. She starts out engaged to Alistair, only breaking the engagement when she’s told by Oliver on the dance floor that Alistair’s parents are not as rich as she thinks, they’re cheap & the father very traditional...meaning that all his money will go to the eldest son and Alistair is the 2nd son and has no great expectation of inheriting much wealth. Oliver it’s her on the trail of Bernard Tai, the only very vulgar & partying son of Dato Tai that same night. Kitty ends up breaking the engagement with Alistair and runs off to marry Bernard, because he’s RICH. Their marriage is short-lived. By the start of book 2, you hear that Kitty is buying artwork for 190 million & everyone is speculating that she and Bernard are borrowing all the money they’re spending in anticipation of Bernard’s inheritance and future control of his fathers company. If only...

Kitty buys a traditional (& expensive) Black and White House, paying double the asking price. Little did anyone know that she wasn’t borrowing the money, she wasn’t getting it from Bernard either, she was receiving it by being the mistress to one Jack Bing, Colette Bing’s father. This caused Colette’s parents to divorce & I imagine Colette wasn’t pleased by this. NO ONE would be. Colette was still young, in her early 20’s & her parents divorcing must’ve hurt. I cannot imagine anyone in her situation who would throw out the welcome mat for a stepmother who gained her position by being the other woman, who got where she was by purposefully sleeping with a man & breaking up his marriage/family. Just because Colette & her family were rich doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings.

Somehow, Kitty is never made to feel badly for doing this, no she luxuriates in her new position, throwing tantrums because her stepdaughter, the daughter of the woman that Kitty pushed out, won’t “honor her” & show deference. Can you blame Colette? I wouldn’t defer to a woman who did this to my mother, especially when it’s 100% clear that Kitty did it for access to Jack Bing’s fortune. It’s not enough that Colette disappears from her fathers life, Kitty WANTS Colette present, bowing & scraping to her. Even when Kitty discovers she’s getting married to an Englishman, one not in her circle, she becomes angry over the wedding dress because she can’t have it or one made like it & proceeds to destroy it! WTF?!?! Later, she is enraged because Jack set up a trust for Colette as a term of his divorce to provide for her. She wanted him to never do anything for Colette again & have only her mother care for her. She’s angry when Jack won’t set up a trust for Gisele, who is NOT his daughter but Bernards from her 1st marriage & who will inherit a fortune from the Tai family.

I have no doubt Colette enjoyed the digs she made at Kitty, like overtaking her for the cover of the magazine Tattle. In the grand scheme of things, I feel like this is the LEAST Kitty deserved, after breaking up her parents marriage so she could gain a high dollar position. I don’t think having a dress designed that Kitty couldn’t replicate or buy & taking the slot of a magazine cover away really compare in severity to splitting up your parents marriage. Perspective people! And Colette getting mad at Rachel for not speaking to Carlton for her after the poisoning & being so ugly...what did anyone expect from a girl who has been given everything her entire life & suddenly it’s taken away? A tantrum. She loved Carlton & rich or not, it hurt when she lost him over something she didn’t do. Colette was a lot of things, poisoner not among them.

Was it mean to bring up the wreck where Carlton killed someone in front of Scherezade (Not sure of spelling...) & her parents at dinner? Yes. But I imagine she still felt slighted by him for believing she asked Roxanne to poison his sister.

After everything Kitty has done, being an actual home-wrecking, gold digger & taking the slightest action from a stepdaughter that she only wants around to make her suffer, Kitty is still seen sympathetically & as virtuous.

WHAT?

I realize that Kwan can write his characters however he likes but I didn’t buy into Colette being a villain. A completely spoiled brat who covertly does small things to usurp her stepmother in society? Yes, she’s guilty on all counts. Otherwise, I didn’t believe in the idea that Colette was the baddie of the series. Now Kitty? I believed she was, while being written in a way to make her a heroine. When Colette went to her father to beg his forgiveness & ask him to buy her Tyersall Park, no doubt she knew this would drive Kitty crazy. But who could blame her? Kitty broke up her parents marriage.

This leads to a screaming match with Jack Bing where he tells Kitty that Colette begged his forgiveness, he was proud of her wanting to do good in the world & that Kitty should not “try to make him choose between you & my daughter, because you will lose. I only have 1 daughter & I can always get another wife”. And it’s true, as she knows, seeing as he had a wife when she came into the picture, but somehow it’s “poor Kitty”. No matter what Colettes motives are, this statement from Jack is the most loving & appropriately parental thing he has said about HIS DAUGHTER during the entire series. Of course Kitty is angry that he said it & to not to try to make him choose. In Kitty’s mind, Jack should choose & he should choose Kitty over Colette.

In my mind, even when Colette had been “disgraced” by something her PA did & was only in the background, living & doing environmental things, tossing out little social digs at the woman who broke up her parents, it seemed like small potatoes to me compared to what happened to her & her mother. It wasn’t enough that Kitty caused her parents divorce, that Colette lost her home To Kitty, she would’ve preferred Colette homeless. Kitty only wanted Colette around bending the knee in subservience which would''ve been excruciating given the circumstances. Not only that, Kitty is mad she’s marrying a titled Englishman, gets angry thinking about her “future beautiful mixed-race children” & destroys her wedding dress.

In the end, we’re expected to celebrate with Kitty as she gleefully relates that Colette had an accident, wearing the dress originally meant for her wedding that Kitty tried to destroy, which was repaired & that apparently she was electrocuted by lighting equipment & is damaged for life because of it. And of...everyone laughs and laughs...

There were awful, horrid people in this book, Kitty being chief among them, the rest of them lived in & claimed ownership of Tyersall Park. If Kwan wants us to believe in the villains he writes, a little less plausible deniability is in order. And maybe don’t set up one of the stories heroines to be an over-the-top former porn star who really is a gold digger who maintains her lifestyle by sleeping her way to the top.

It’s just not believable.

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The Cashmere Bookworm
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After reading the last in the trilogy, Kwan doesn''t disappoint. He gives the happy ending everyone has wanted, albeit not without the usual Kwanesque snark. Kwan''s writing reads like an immersion course into a very tiny sliver of Asian society, complete with footnotes. Call... See more
After reading the last in the trilogy, Kwan doesn''t disappoint. He gives the happy ending everyone has wanted, albeit not without the usual Kwanesque snark. Kwan''s writing reads like an immersion course into a very tiny sliver of Asian society, complete with footnotes. Call it concierge writing -Kwan always makes sure the reader understands the subleties behind what he''s writing.
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