GIVE IN TO THE FEELING 

Sarah Zama

 
She calls it being true to herself. He calls it betrayal.
 
Chicago 1924
 
Two years ago, Susie arrived in America, leaving behind her little village in South China where spirits mingle in the mists of the rice fields and play at being human; where the expectations of a daughter are unimportant and ignored. 
After her prospective husband dies, she is taken on by his younger associate, Simon, who gives her the carefree life of the New American Woman; the freedom to dress daringly and do things once only reserved for men--drinking, smoking and dancing with strangers. It’s an exciting life and she considers the loyalty Simon demands of her a small price to pay.
 
Until she meets Blood.
 
Blood offers Susie even more. He lets her speak her mind and listen to her heart. He gives her his loyalty and asks nothing in return. Through his eyes, Susie sees the golden cage she’s trapped in. 
But Simon will never let her forget what she owes him. Even as Susie tries to deny her attraction to Blood, she understands it takes a lot more than daring looks and an attitude to be a New Woman. And while fighting off the bondage her loyalty to Simon built, she realizes that even here in Chicago, spirits can still trick you into believing they’re men.

————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

The book is not currently on Amazon but is available for Kindle via Smashwords

————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

I really thought Susie is a tough heroine. She is a woman who is determined to live comfortably. She is very loyal and dutiful to her lover, but when she meets Blood, she realizes that there is more to life than just to live comfortably. She begins to question her life and desires, and realizes that if she wants to be happy, she must make hard choices.

Lauralee Jacks
History from a woman's Perspective
A Book Blog

This is the type of story that will have you wanting to reread it just to see if you missed any of the clues! It is a quick read and will keep you turning the pages long after you should be asleep. The reader becomes hooked into the welfare of Susie and then Blood, caring about them as if they were long lost friends.

Melinda Kelly
Goodreads review

Ms Zama writes in English but she's not a native speaker, which at first put me off. However, she seems wonderfully aware of this erstwhile problem and turns it on its head to enhance the sense of otherness felt by Susie as a stranger in a strange land, just as the author herself is a stranger working in a strange language.

Jeffrey K. Walker
Goodreads review