A story is like a tree, which begins from a tiny seedling. As the tree grows, it adds leaves and branches. Its roots crawl deeper and wider. So does this story.


The seedling of our story began in China during the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century. The fall of the Qing Dynasty led to seismic changes during those one hundred years. China saw a mass exodus of its people fleeing their war-torn homeland in search of safer havens elsewhere.


To stay one step ahead of impending danger, a prominent family in Canton, the Yius, were forced to leave their palatial home and embarked on a life-changing journey. As begrudging participants in this dreadful chapter of human history, the characters in the story had to overcome unimaginable hardships and found hope through steadfast friendship and enduring love. In the face of great adversity, they encountered the connection between faith and the miraculous. Life’s ups and downs had drawn them closer to their own understanding of humanity.

Shimmering Across Time

More than an epic novel, Shimmering Across Time is a time machine that takes the readers to faraway places and to a period when the world was in utter turmoil. Experience the joy and sorrow of desperate people trying to keep one foot ahead of the ravages of war in the beautiful yet chaotic Southeast Asia.


While our story is fictional, the author endeavors to adhere to the historical accuracy of the notable figures and events that shaped the history of China and Southeast Asia. This enthralling novel will appeal to readers who enjoy historical fictions. For those who have an interest in China, Vietnam, and Laos, they will appreciate having Shimmering Across Time as a special collection to their library. For those who have immigrated to another country and experienced the challenges of starting a new life in a foreign land, they will resonate with the characters in the story.