Need help remembering an old book.
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My fiancÚ has been trying to remember the first erotic novel she ever read back when she was a teenager. The basic plot is as follows: An American ship captain sails to the orient and falls in love with whom he believes is a common woman. Turns out she is the emperors daughter. Her father finds out, when she becomes pregnant, about her love affair and orders her death. Her caretaker, herself a mistress of the emperor sacrifices herself so the princess can have her baby. She dies during child birth and the captain eventually sails back home. The baby grows up in a convent and eventually decides to seem out her father. She ends up meeting him by falling in love with a mate on his ship. She believes the book had the word Jade in it but could be wrong. Also, the princess would refer to the American ship captain as "big cat". Any help you all could provide would be awesome. Thanks.