Published by Doubleday on May 23, 2017
Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend, is back with an uproarious new novel featuring a family driven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royal fought through couture-gown sabotage, and the heir to one of Asia's greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance.
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 to their matriarch's massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park—a trophy estate on sixty-four prime acres in the heart of Singapore—Nicholas' childhood home turns into a hotbed of backbiting and intrigue. As Su Yi's 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, Jack Bing, still feels upstaged by her new stepdaughter, famous fashionista Colette Bing.
In this sweeping tale 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 that is caught on camera by the telephoto lenses of paparazzi, Kevin Kwan hilariously reveals the long-buried secrets of Asia's most privileged families and their rich people problems.
I’m back with another book review. One good thing about being stuck in quarantine times is that I now have uninterrupted time to read which is great for my book reading goals for the year.
I’m glad that I finally had a chance to finish this book, since I had started the series at the end of the year. This series was recommended to me, by my best friend who said that she has read the series multiple times last year. If you haven’t read my reviews on the other books in the series feel free to read the reviews here and here.
As you can read from the synopsis, we catch up with Nick Young and his family a few days before his grandmother Su Yi Young passes away. Luckily, his mother and Rachel convinced him to make up with his grandmother before she passed. In this book, we also see what happens to Nick Young’s family home Tyersall Park in the later chapters and what happens in the coming year.
I loved how the series came to an end and how each of the characters ended up. It seemed that nearly everyone seemed to end up with their own happy ending, which was a lovely way to end the book. I would highly recommend this series if you loved the movie and would like to follow the characters for a bit longer. I also found that I related to this book on as a person of Asian decent and I am glad that someone from that background wrote a book series that got such recognition.
I hope that you are doing well and staying safe. I hope to see you soon in another post!