Set in the last days of the Raj, a love story for India, for a lost world and an ill-fated love. London, 1957. In a bid to erase her past, Sophie Schofield accepts a proposal from ambitious British diplomat Lucien Grainger.
When he is posted to New Delhi, into the glittering circle of ex-pat society, old wounds begin to break open as Sophie is confronted with the memory of her first, forbidden love and its devastating consequences.
This is not the India she fell in love with ten years before in a maharajah's palace, the India that ripped out her heart as Partition tore the country in two. And so begins the unravelling of an ill-fated marriage, setting in motion a catastrophic chain of events that will bring her face to face with a past she has tried so desperately to forget and a future she must fight for.
This is a tender story of love, loss of innocence and the aftermath of a terrible decision no one knew how to avoid.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 30/01/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781409135524
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Review by TheLostEntwife
I've noticed there are two distinct types of books about India that come across my reading desk. The first is those books that showcase the lives of the privileged; the people who are without caste, who don't struggle against poverty and the other injustices meted out by a flawed system. The second are books that really dive deep into the lives of the underprivileged. Those books tend to either produce an underdog who rises above or serve their purpose by educating the reader about a life that, quite frankly, 99.9% of those lucky enough to be reading the book, will probably never have to experience. Under the Jewelled Sky by Alison McQueen is one of the books that fits the first category.Read the rest of this review at The Lost Entwife on April 12, 2014.