I enjoyed The Teahouse Fire. The story follow Aurelia as she travels from France to New York then to Japan. Determined to make her own luck, to change her fate, she finds herself in the Shin household, one of Japan's most famous tea families. The way the family accepts her as different but not a foreigner was truly a gift to her. I love the contrast later when the Westerns come to Japan. The divide between adapting to the Western ways and keeping with tradition was fascinating to me. I really enjoyed The Teahouse Fire. I'm sad it took me so to read it.