3 October 2011

Book Review Shadowed in Silk by Christine Lindsay

Book Description:
She was invisible to those who should have loved her.

After the Great War, Abby Fraser returns to India, where her husband is stationed with the British army. She has longed to go home to the land of glittering palaces and veiled women . . . but Nick has become a cruel stranger and a cruel father to their three-year old son. It will take more than her American pluck to survive.

Major Geoff Richards, broken over the loss of so many of his men in the trenches of France, returns to his cavalry post in Amritsar. His faith does little to help him understand the ruthlessness of his British peers toward the Indian people he loves. Nor does it explain how he is to protect Abby Fraser and her child from the husband who mistreats them.

Amid political unrest, inhospitable deserts, and Russian spies, tensions rise in India as the people cry for the freedom espoused by Gandhi. Caught between their own ideals and duty, Geoff and Abby stumble into sinister secrets . . . secrets that will thrust them out of the shadows and straight into the fire of revolution.

Book Review:
This is Christine's Debut book and is set in India just after WW1. First of this book is not a light book as it deals with a lot of issues from this time but it is a not only a well written book its also very informative of the time. Christine incorporates real people and real events into this story and it gives an insight into what was happening amongst the Indian people, British People and the nearby neighbours. On thing I learnt more about was the caste system. I know there was a bit of a caste system but didn't know how intrenched it was and still is. The caste system is more intrenched than many other places. I felt for Abby in this book she has longed to come back home to India with her husband but she finds things are not what she thought. Geoff is still dealing with the death of his wife and feels drawn to help protect Abby. Add a Russian spy and you have an explosive story. I enjoyed this book even looked up India from the 1920's as it was an even bigger country then to see where some of the places were. It also made me want to know more. I am glad I read this book as I feel I know more about those times in India now and enjoyed the different setting.


Christine Lindsay said...

Thank you Jenny for your wonderful review. I'm so glad you liked Shadowed in Silk. Love the phrase---add a Russian spy and it's an Explosive story.

Blessings on you.

And I hope that others who read Shadowed in Silk will enjoy it's many layered story in an exotic land and people with complex issues who only want a happy ending.

Anne Payne said...

I've seen this one around the blogosphere and hope to get my hands on a copy soon! Great review, Jenny!

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