Shanghai Love is a gripping novel about the unlikely love story that develops between a Chinese herbalist and Jewish refugee in Shanghai during World War II. Peilin, trained in traditional healing by her Grandpa Du, struggles with duty to her ghost husband’s family. Henri, a medical doctor flees Hitler’s Germany to one of the few places that would welcome him without a visa: China. This is a classic story of love’s triumph over adversity.
Peilin is betrothed to Kwan Yao, the only son of a wealthy pearl farmer. However months before their wedding, Yao is killed by the Japanese in the Nanjing Massacre. The Kwans insist on proceeding with the wedding and the beautiful Peilin is married to a ghost husband. When an uncle passes away, Peilin is sent to Shanghai to manage the Kwan family herbal shop. Meanwhile in Berlin, Henri graduates from medical school just as Hitler rises to power and unleashes prejudice and violence against the Jewish population. He flees to Shanghai where he’s befriended by Ping, a young disfigured rickshaw driver. Ping introduces Henri to his sister Peilin. Through her kindness, Henri becomes fascinated with Chinese herbs as well as the exotic culture surrounding him.