by Sally Suen Publish: Apr 18, 2019Historical RomanceHistorical FictionWomen's Fiction
Growing up with loneliness in British Hong Kong with her father drifting away, Lili has tasted the powerful love that gives her a purpose in life. Upon returning to her birthplace where she lost her mother to an earthquake and her beloved grandmother to illness, Lili falls in love with Sean Shaw at first sight. Yet another earthquake separates her from Sean. Lili has to learn to endure losses in her life until she finds strength and love again.
Crystal Cove is a multicultural historical fiction that brings the culture of rural China, British Hong Kong and Los Angeles all together through love. With a poetic writing style and detailed character illustrations, debut author Sally Suen brings readers to travel with Lili Ling and watch her grow to a strong woman overcoming life challenges and feels the joy in finding love and her lost family.
Crystal Cove is a passionate and insightful story that leaves readers with the memorable impression that across vast oceans and enduring over time, love will always find a way. While travelling on her journey, readers find themselves deeply engrossed and fascinated by the cultural differences she encounters, whether they are humorous or filled with conflict.
BIOGRAPHY I was born in the beautiful Nine Gorge World Heritage site in Sichuan, China. It was wilderness back then with muddy roads. And hills and mountains were covered with trees. People lived in houses built with thatched roofs. But people were simple, honest, kind, and innocent. I lived in a house with everything in one room for a few years of my childhood. We had to take a short walk outside the house to go to the bathroom. I slept in a bed with only a wooden board and cotton pad on it. When I woke up one day, I was brought to a flashy world where streets were illuminated by the neon lights that blanketed both sides, and concrete tall buildings were like forests. People spoke languages that I had never heard before. Yes, I was born in poor and primitive China before the reform when many still had no shoes to wear, but grew up in another world that was rich and flourishing, a world we called Hong Kong, the last colony of the United Kingdom.
I grew up feeling so lost. I often hid myself in an imaginary world with fairy tales and love stories as an escape. As a lonely and silly girl struggling to find herself, I believed in finding love under the beautiful oak tree, or by the beach, or in the flower market, or riding on a train. Since then, I have always dreamed of writing a love story myself. When I went to Los Angeles after graduating college in Canada, I fell in love with its palm trees, sunshine, and mesmerizing beaches. I found out quickly that the state beach Crystal Cove is my go to place and it gave me so much inspiration for writing Crystal Cove. But life often intervenes. We are not always in an environment that supports us to chase that dream. Besides supporting my family and working, I finally found a window to breathe my own air a few years ago. So I wrote Crystal Cove. I’m hoping to reach out to those who are still looking for themselves and tell them love is so hopeful no matter how lost you feel. If you desire, you’ll always find a path that leads to your dream.
Besides writing, Sally Suen also uses her professional license to help people achieve their goals of wellness. She currently lives on the East Coast with her family.
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