Peony in Love by Lisa See

Peony in Love

Lisa See

fiction historical emotional informative reflective slow-paced

284 pages


"I finally understand what the poets have written. In spring, moved to passion; in autumn only regret." For young Peony, betrothed to a suitor she has never met, these lyrics from The Peony Pavilion mirror her own longings. In the garden of the Ch...
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emotional 85%
reflective 71%
sad 71%
dark 42%
challenging 28%
hopeful 28%
tense 28%
adventurous 14%
informative 14%
mysterious 14%


slow 57%
fast 28%
medium 14%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 80% | Plot: 20%

Strong character development?

Yes: 71% | It's complicated: 28%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 33% | No: 33% | Yes: 33%

Diverse cast of characters?

It's complicated: 50% | Yes: 33% | No: 16%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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