Autumn 1928. The Kaisar-i-Hind is en route to Bombay. In Cabin D38, Viva Holloway, an inexperienced chaperone, is beginning to feel as though she's made a mistake. Her advert in The Lady has resulted in three unsettling young charges to be escorted to India. Rose, a beautiful, dangerously naive English girl, is about to be married to the cavalry ...
Autumn 1928. The Kaisar-i-Hind is en route to Bombay. In Cabin D38, Viva Holloway, an inexperienced chaperone, is beginning to feel as though she's made a mistake. Her advert in The Lady has resulted in three unsettling young charges to be escorted to India. Rose, a beautiful, dangerously naive English girl, is about to be married to the cavalry officer she has met a handful of times. Victoria, her bridesmaid, is determined to lose her virginity en route before finding a husband of her own. And overshadowing all three, the dangerously malevolent presence of Guy Glover. But nothing frightens Viva as much as her real reasons for the voyage: firstly to lead an independent life, husband-less life as a writer, and secondly, to confront her own explosive past. Three potential Memsahibs with a multitude of reasons for leaving their homeland - but the cargo of hopes and secrets they carry can do little to prepare them for what lies ahead in India. From the parties of the wealthy Bombay socialites, to the ragged orphans on Tamarind Stree, EAST OF THE SUN is an utterly engaging novel that will captivate readers everywhere.
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I enjoyed reading it. I loved the setting and although I didn't immediately love any of the characters, I did grow to like them more and more as the book progressed. I take it back ? I love our nerdy knight in armor who shows up toward the end. I read it quickly, but when it was done it was done. Nothing stuck to my ribs.
Jul 12, 2009
Despite many mediocre reviews on this book I found myself quite liking it. In fact, I discovered I was making time just to get back to reading it. Was the writing fantastic? Probably not but it was enough for me to hang in there and I love to read about this era, loved the setting, and grew fond of the characters. I found the story of the three women trying to find security/stability/purpose endearing and once again I realize how lucky women are today and what few choices/rights we've had historically--forget the glass ceiling, there wasn't even a ceiling to aspire to, that is if you were lucky enough to even get in the door. While I would definitely put this in the category of "chick lit" I think it might be on a little bit different level. I recommend it as a good summer, vacation, or beach read.
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