The Devil Comes Courting by Courtney Milan
|Published||April 20, 2021|
The Devil Comes Courting by Courtney Milan is an adult historical romance novel, originally published on April 20, 2021. It is the third book in The Worth Saga.
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- Depiction of depression Throughout: Grayson suffers from extreme Survivor’s Guilt and convinces himself that everyone wishes that he had not survived in favor of another of his brothers. He thinks of himself as always pretending to be all right whilst feeling “off”, numb, and as if he is constantly outrunning a storm as he represses his emotions.
- Depiction of kidnapping Chapter 25, Chapter 26: Amelia discovers that Mrs. Acheson stole Amelia from her mother, who was attempting to secure medical care. Mrs. Acheson subsequently turned Amelia’s mother away and instructed others in Shanghai to do so year after year while she attempted to find Amelia. Throughout this, Mrs. Acheson told Amelia that her mother gave her up.
- Depiction of/references to racism Throughout: Amelia is perpetually the victim of racist microaggressions from her white adopted mother and has been for most of her life. She has also been forced to assimilate into British culture and made to abandon Chinese culture.
Chapter 2: Amelia and Grayson reflect that they cannot be alone together because of what would be said about “women like [her]” and “men like [him].” Mrs. Acheson tells Amelia that she would be lucky to find any husband since she is Chinese.
Chapter 3: Mrs. Flappert assumes that Grayson needs to be converted to Christianity entirely because he is Black. Mrs. Acheson refers to non-white people as “less civilized” and in need of direction. Mrs. Flappert says that she doesn’t expect intellect from Amelia.
Chapter 4: Amelia recalls people making fun of the way she spoke as a child while learning English.
Chapter 5: Mrs. Flappert is surprised that Amelia spoke English despite her having lived in an English household since she was six.
Chapter 6: Amelia overhears Mrs. Flappert being surprised and indignant because she didn’t think that she should have to consider the feelings of “a little Chinese girl.” A sailor speaks to Amelia in exaggerated pidgin.
Chapter 7: Mrs. Acheson tells Amelia that because she is Chinese she will have to settle in life.
Chapter 18: Mrs. Acheson refers to Amelia as having “gone native” because she has been using chopsticks.
Chapter 19: Grayson references having bought first class train tickets but being put in second class instead.
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- Black main character
- Chinese main character
- Gay side character
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