Judith Michael's trademark storytelling verve has won this husband-and-wife team an audience of millions. Their tenth novel, A Certain Smile , is a bittersweet story of a perfect but impossible love.
Miranda Graham, a clothing designer and the widowed mother of two teenagers, travels to China to work with the factories that will produce her designs. At first overwhelmed by the chaotic foreignness of China, she soon discovers what she never expected or would have believed possible: a passionate, all-consuming love. Yuan Li, son of a Chinese mother and an American soldier, survived Cultural Revolution and now owns a successful construction company. Li and Miranda spend every available moment together, until an intrusive Chinese government, corrupt businessmen, and Li's wildly ambitious son test their love in the complex crucible of politics, and family loyalties.