Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review.
Things begin to change when Bernice buys an old, black-lacquer makeup case in an antique shop. The case once belonged to Blissful Night, the most famous and powerful concubine in Hong Kong. According to legend, Blissful Night could give a man more pleasure in one night than he would have experienced in an entire lifetime.
Inside the makeup case, Bernice discovers a forgotten jar of face powder, the secret to Blissful Night’s success. Thinking the face powder is an herbal concoction that will beautify her skin, Bernice begins to use it, only to find that the powder causes her to see visions of other people’s sex lives.
Bernice is horrified to discover that the only way she can rid herself of the visions is to blurt out sexual advice. Soon the entire town is in an uproar. But it isn’t until Bernice learns more about Blissful Night’s past that she knows what she must do.
The Concubine’s Gift is a delightfully sexy novel in which Bernice Babbitt is drawn into a seductive world she never knew existed. A provocative and entertaining Pandora’s Box of a tale!
Review: A novel that explores sexuality and the contrast between being afraid of sex and embracing it.
Valentine, Nevada is a contrast between the sexually strait laced and those who embrace sex. Prostitution is legal in Nevada in some counties, but it's still crazy to imagine living in a small, probably rural, town with a brothel in it. The history of the town is fascinating along with the reaction of the citizens. It brings people together and drives them apart in the same stroke. My favorite character was Trinket. She was a wonderfully over the top character.
As you learn more of Blissful Night's story, you cannot help but feel sorry for her. She never truly got what she wanted and her face powder did make her truly happy. It was both a blessing and a curse, which is what Bernice discovers as well. Though this story contains a lot of sexually explicit situations, I don't consider it erotica. This story does a very good job of showing the range of human sexuality and how sex is not something to be afraid of, but is something that should be embraced. I'm glad Bernice got her happy ending and I must imagine it would fun to listen to her show.