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The House of Wives is a remarkable portrait of a most unconventional ménage-a-trois. It is a tale of rivalries and friendships, of huge fortunes and family curses; a book that has a mystery at its core: Why did Emanuel flee to England and leave his two wives behind?

Inspired by the lives of Choa-Johnston’s ancestors, The House of Wives is an unforgettable novel about the machinations of the early opium trade, and about two remarkable women determined to secure a dynasty for their children in the tumultuous British Crown Colony, where the interests of the Near East and the Far East would clash for years to come.