Historian Fiction fans will love this one!
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The British aristocracy is an inflexible judge. And for Amala, a lovely young Indian woman, that judgment is most keenly felt. Raised from a child by the wealthy Hepworth family following the murder of her parents, Amala grew up alongside the Hepworth’s own daughter, Katarina, and was loved as both sister and daughter. The family is part of the charmed circle of the upper class, but Amala’s place in society is tenuous. As an Indian woman, her life is marked by a sense of otherness and voices of prejudice. So when she embarks upon a sweet acquaintance with Henry Breckenridge, a white Englishman, Amala is both elated and terrified. She knows first-hand the opposition that an interracial couple would face, and courtship with Henry could destroy his standing in society.
Determined to spare the reputations of both Henry and her sister Katarina, Amala flees England with the hope that an extended trip will allow her time to heal her broken heart. But she never imagined the repercussions of that decision, and the heartbreak awaiting her. For when she returns to England, she finds those she holds dear facing unparalleled devastation. And now it is her love that holds the key to healing a broken family . . .
Be prepared for an emotional “roller-coaster ride” with the very well-written account of early British prejudice. It is a enthralling tale of the very gradual change of attitude of a few British upper class individuals towards those of other nationalities who “doesn’t fit” in the standard decorum of society. It effectively emphasizes the naiveté of some who, with good intentions, wee still blind to the negative attitudes.
Amala, was raised British by a very wealthy family, who loved her as they loved their own daughter. They never tolerated anyone in their home who made any snide remarks or negative references to their Indian “daughter”…Little did they realize what she endured at social events as she matured. It all came to a “crux” when at a marriageable age, she could no longer face her choices.
This is a poignant tale of a family’s struggle and loss as their “tight-knit” family began to “fall apart”. Would they ever be able to be united again?
This book is not for the emotionally weak. Be sure to keep a box of tissue close by.
The book is attractively covered with an eye-catching, picturesque cover. The tile is very fitting. The characters fell totally alive and the back ground scenes are easily visualized.