A special thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This beautifully written story is set in early 20th century Shanghai. Our main character, Jialing, is a Eurasian bond servant who has been abandoned by her mother and is at the mercy of the new tenants of Dragon Springs Road. Jailing is thought to be the daughter of a prostitute and faces many hardships because of her social standing and mixed race.
A spirit fox helps guide Jailing and watch over her. throughout the years. With Fox's guidance, she attends school, receives an education, and befriends one of the headmistresses that tries to help her lot in life. Jailing's road is bumpy and long—she is faced with many challenges, hardships, love, and loss.
Overall, this is an intriguing story that was thoughtful and well-researched.