Monday, July 25, 2011
About the book:
She was invisible to those who should have loved her.
After the Great War, Abby Fraser returns to India with her small son, 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. 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. But 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.
This is an exceptional story for a number of reasons. For one, it was bravely told. I love an author who is honest in their story-telling. The faith journey was one of my favorite aspects of this story. It wasn't forced, contrived, or in any way sappy. The author gets bonus points for that alone. Plus, this story was very well written and full of rich historical and cultural detail. But the details don't bog the story down like I've seen in a number of books lately. For me, the details enhanced the richness of the setting. This time period was one that few novels cover, including history set in that part of the world, so I learned quite a bit on top of everything else.
Shadowed in Silk sort of reminded me of a Christian version of The English Patient. (Christian because it was clean and nothing immoral happened between characters, but with similar dynamics.) But this story was unique in it's own right. I learned quite a bit about Ghandi and how he influenced the people of India after the Great War. I also empathized with Indian countrymen who were subjected to similar domination as the Jewish people experienced during the time Rome ruled their nation.
Besides this novel being full of rich historical detail, it also had great pacing and plenty of mystery and intrigue to keep a person reading. The romance in the story was like the icing on the proverbial cake. Though in this story it was even more intriguing for a number of reasons I won't go into in this review. I'd hate to spoil some of the surprises for readers. To find out the details about this complex, yet fascinating culture, you'll have to read the book for yourself.
Shadowed in Silk has a lot to offer...exceptional writing, rich detail, heart-pounding action, and breath-stealing romance. This novel not only had it all, but the story was done right. And you might even shed a tear or two as you enjoy this heart-warming tale of intrigue, faith, and second chances. I absolutely loved it.
Shadowed in Silk was published by WhiteFire Publishing and will release in paperback in Sept. 2011.
at 10:55 PM Posted by Michelle Sutton