FICTION, HISTORICAL, ROMANCE
The setting for the first half of the book is India during the Great Uprising of 1857. Emma is the victim of a tragic shipwreck and she is the lone survivor, on her way to meet her future husband. She discovers her betrothed is not what she thought, a shallow and thoughtless man, who eventually betrays her. She also suffers under the strict more and values held by the British in India at the time. Then she meets Julian, a titled hero and of part Indian heritage and it is to him that she turns. Years later, in a cold and rainfilled London both of them have to face the consequences.
Despite the rather "chic-lit" cover, this book takes the reader right into life in India under British Rule. Sapnagar Fort, the fictional fort in the novel, is based on real forts in Jodhpur, Jaipur, and Udaipur. I am gobsmacked that on the author's own website she laments that when she took her manuscript to publishes she felt that "Indian settings are a hard sell" - from what I read I just cannot believe this, she just takes the reader into a long ago and exotic world. Can't rate this highly enough if you want a bit of romance and a great, brought-to-life setting! - Jenna Williams -