Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The Paper Daughters of Chinatown by Heather B. Moore

A true story of a brave woman who rescued enslaved Chinese girls from their owners by taking them into The Occidental Mission Home for Girls in San Francisco.

What Donaldina Cameron did for these young girls is amazing.
Their stories are heartbreaking.
The men who tricked them into thinking they were going to arrive in America and marry a wealthy man so they could take care of their family back home were despicable.

THE PAPER DAUGHTERS OF CHINATOWN follows one main girl, Mei Lien, from her home in China to San Francisco. Many other girls were mentioned, but Mei Lien was the focus along with Donaldina's story.

This book brought to light the horrors of what these young girls had to endure, but it also brought to light how there are wonderful people who work to stop it.

You will fall in love with these girls along with Donaldina and empathize with their plight.

Ms. Moore's writing is pull-you-in, the story line is mesmerizing, and her research is impeccable.
Historical fiction fans as well as women's fiction fans will enjoy THE PAPER DAUGHTERS OF CHINATOWN. 5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.
Advanced Praise:

“Recommend to fans of compelling, character-driven historical fiction inspired by true events, such as Lisa Wingate’s Before We Were Yours (2017). 
YAs will be drawn to the dramatic stories of the young Chinese women brought to America.” -Booklist, starred review

"Despite the disturbing subject matter, meticulously researched book is unputdownable. The book is as much a history lesson about a shameful piece of American history as it is a glimpse into the life of a heroine whose legacy lives on today. Readers will come to care about all the women featured in the
book and will marvel at the extraordinary accomplishments of a determined woman ahead of her time.Based on true events...Fascinating."-Historical Novel Society
About the Author:

HEATHER B. MOORE is a USA Today bestseller and award-winning author of more than seventy publications. She has lived on both the East and West Coasts of the United States, including Hawaii, and attended school abroad at the Cairo American College in Egypt and the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel. She loves to learn about history and is passionate about historical research.
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Publication Date: 9/1/20

ISBN: 9781629727820

Retail Price: $26.99

Page Count: 384

Historical Fiction

Cover Photos: Ildiko Neer,Elisabeth
Ansley/Trevillion Images

Cover images and backgrounds:

Book Design: © Shadow Mountain

Art Direction: Richard Erickson

Design: Sheryl Dickert Smith


  1. Wow, I had never heard of this before, what they went through must have been so awful. Glad they were rescued. This sounds fantastic, great review.

    1. Yes...I learned a lot.

      Very interesting and fascinating.

      Thanks about my review, the bookworm, and thanks for your comment.

  2. This sounds like a good one. I like that it is a historical set in San Francisco.

    1. Yes...good setting.

      It was very good.

      Thank you for your comment, vvb32.

  3. Wow, this sounds like such a compelling read, as heartbreaking as it is. Great review!

    1. Thanks about my review.

      Very compelling and interesting.

      Thanks for commenting, Laura.

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    1. Yes...gorgeous cover.

      Thanks for commenting, Carole.