Sold into servitude at age of four by her own mother and treated harshly by fellow bondmaids, Han forms a bond with Wu, who is the grandson of a head housemaid. Their friendship becomes doomed love when Wu moves to the United States, and Han find herself stuck with jealous bondmaids and Wu's relatives in Singapore. Both face additional trials until Han's death. The book ends when Wu and Han's son enters the household.
- Lim, Catherine. "THE BONDMAID by Catherine Lim Kirkus Book Reviews". Kirkusreviews.com. Retrieved 2012-05-01.
- "The Bondmaid". The New York Times.