By Liz Rosenberg

Agnes Hussein, descendant of the final sultan of Singapore and the final surviving member of her instant relations, has grown up between her eccentric family members within the crumbling Kampong Glam palace, a once-opulent relic given to her kinfolk in trade for turning in Singapore to the British.

Now Agnes is seventeen and her family members has fallen into genteel poverty, surviving on her grandfather’s pension and the meager source of revenue they obtain from a diverse forged of boarders. As outdoors forces conspire to thieve the palace out from lower than them, Agnes struggles to save lots of her relatives and reveals bravery, love, and loyalty within the such a lot unforeseen locations. The Moonlight Palace is a coming-of-age story wealthy with old aspect and unforgettable characters set opposed to the backdrop of superb Nineteen Twenties Singapore.

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Lord bless the viscount. He really was a god. "Oh, bad luck, Harold," Nicola said with a kind smile. " An expression grew across the Milksop's ferretlike face that Nicola didn't recognize. That was because it was the first time she'd ever seen that particular emotion on her cousin's face. It turned out to be determination. She ought to have known what his next question would be, but still, when it actually came, she was surprised. " Harold asked in a deceptively light tone. She couldn't believe it.

Nicola wanted to know, as she reached for the bonnet her maid held. " "Perfectly rich people, you mean," Phillip said. " Lady Sheridan looked to be at the end of her patience with her children. "It is uncouth to comment upon the financial status of others. " "And really, Phil," Eleanor said scornfully. "The idea of Nicky choosing to stay with the Bartholomews over us simply because they happen to have more money than we do is positively ridiculous. How could you think something so wicked, and of our Nicky?

Lady Farelly, who had come along for the ride most reluctantly, as she disliked missing luncheon, and besides, had a dressmaker's appointment later in the day, looked about without enthusiasm. To her, London began and ended with Mayfair, and anything outside of it was simply tiresome. "I hope, Jarvis," she said to her husband, "that wherever we're going, there aren't going to be monkeys. " Lord Farelly laughed heartily, and assured his wife she had nothing to fear. And then the carriage pulled to a halt beside a large crowd all clustered around something in the square that Nicola couldn't see.

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