Guest Post: My Very Own Mr. Darcy, Except Talkative And Half Chinese | Speaking of China

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  1. Grace Buchele Mineta
    Grace Buchele Mineta November 7, 2014 at 8:52 am | | Reply

    Oh wow. I got goosebumps reading this. This is an excellent story. I am totally buying the book!
    Thanks 🙂

  2. Lina
    Lina November 7, 2014 at 8:55 am | | Reply

    I guess that’s my next book to read! 🙂

  3. Susan Blumberg-Kason
    Susan Blumberg-Kason November 7, 2014 at 9:29 am | | Reply

    I love this post! Congratulations, Shannon! I read a review copy and was mesmerized from the beginning. It’s special for so many reasons, but one thing that stands out is that the story starts with the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is my favorite holiday. It was also the time of year when I first moved to Hong Kong, so I guess that’s part of the reason it resonates with me. I so wish I could be at the Lit Fest this weekend, but look forward to seeing photos and reading all about it.

  4. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
    Constance - Foreign Sanctuary November 7, 2014 at 9:31 am | | Reply

    Wow!! What a great story!! Look forward to reading the book. And congrats on having your thoughts/blurb published on the postcard, Jocelyn!

  5. David
    David November 7, 2014 at 12:06 pm | | Reply

    You may be pleased to know that there is your namesake in Colgate and she is pretty famous as well….

  6. Monica
    Monica November 7, 2014 at 4:39 pm | | Reply

    Ah the suspense! Sounds like an interesting read so far! And free shipping all around Asia is just what I like to hear 🙂 It might be my first non-Kindle purchase in a while.

  7. Sarah
    Sarah November 7, 2014 at 5:53 pm | | Reply

    Ah very exciting, can’t wait to find out what happens next. Firmly on the to read list!

  8. R Zhao
    R Zhao November 7, 2014 at 8:57 pm | | Reply

    Wow, Shannon. Just a little taste of your story and I already am totally swept up in it. I can imagine how you must have felt, there watching the fire dragon, separated from your love in a foreign city.

    I’d love to buy this book directly from the publisher but I’m not seeing it on their we page. When will it be available from Blacksmith Books?

  9. PaolaC
    PaolaC November 8, 2014 at 1:07 am | | Reply

    Great chapter! so much I resonate with… and beautifully written. Shannon’s ability to show her vulnerability when faced with… life! will surely deeply touch anybody who has had similar experiences.

    I could not find the book on the British or German Amazon sites… will the book be available in Europe?

  10. Dan
    Dan November 8, 2014 at 1:25 am | | Reply

    A beautiful story. It shows various facets of the cross-cultural relationships when two people from different continents met by chance and fell in love. I don’t anticipate similar barriers comparing to a typical paring when one side is a complete outsider of the other to begin with. But I imagine an interesting story about personal growth and love is in the works.

    I like how the story is told. If the author can be such a good communicator, it should be a real asset in the relationship. The biggest challenge of her relationship is where to settle down with the other person. If both parties have greater mobility, the relationship can work out much easier.

  11. Laura Besley
    Laura Besley November 8, 2014 at 8:43 am | | Reply

    Can’t wait to read the rest of the book! 🙂

  12. chinaelevatorstories
    chinaelevatorstories November 8, 2014 at 3:32 pm | | Reply

    I got completely drawn into the story when reading the excerpt. Another book for my list.

  13. Siyac
    Siyac November 11, 2014 at 6:51 am | | Reply

    According to Shannon’s description of her husband’s physical features in her book : “He looks more like his English father, so he can easily pass for a Westerner…..”

    “He’s a native English speaker, and we share a common cultural language: American….”

    It seems to me that Ben is in fact a Westerner, a white person if you want,
    just happen to be able to speak Chinese.

    This relationship may not be considered as AMWF relationship….

  14. David
    David November 11, 2014 at 8:03 am | | Reply

    This relationship may not be considered as AMWF relationship…….unless of course they end up having Asian looking children.

  15. David
    David November 11, 2014 at 8:05 am | | Reply

    @Siyac…the Brits are brilliant at figuring it out…however, it may make their life easy in the US should they decide to come to the US…especially in the US South as long as they keep their mouth shut.

  16. Siyac
    Siyac November 12, 2014 at 2:13 am | | Reply

    Another thought:

    Suppose an infertile Chinese family living in a Western country haa adopted a white orphan and raise him as a Chinese.
    When he becomes an adult he met a white girl and they fell in love.

    Does this count as AMWF relationship ?


  17. David
    David November 13, 2014 at 2:59 am | | Reply

    @Sylvac..doubtful…however, a white Turkish woman professor visiting UMISS from Oregon State U with a dark skinned husband was chased and nearly beaten up by whites on the day Obama was re-elected two years ago…rioters mistook them for an interracial couple. Then there was an odd case of a near black Indian doctor in southern virginia with a near white Indian wife who was actually beaten up back in 2002, because the locals mistook him for dating a white woman. Then there is even more interesting case of an Indian couple..the guy is light skinned and the woman dark skinned who went to raise money for their church back in India in a church in TN which triggered “brother” Donny Reagan’s now infamous rant against interracial couples and babies.

  18. Sveta
    Sveta December 8, 2014 at 2:39 pm | | Reply

    Beautiful story, umm where are pictures of the husband?

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