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I loved this book from start to finish. I don't know what made me choose it but I'm so glad I did. I discovered that the area the story is set is the same as where I lived on a tea plantation called Seaforth Estate. The Western Ghats are so familiar to me. Beautifully written.
A wonderfully descriptive setting with identifiable characters to both abhor and adore. From the handsome but emotionally flawed leading man and his overbearing mother, to the dashing hero who stole her heart.
What a beautiful romance story. I can’t stop reading from morning till midnight 1 am. I am still thinking about the story till now. Well writing and like real story. Worth to read. More than 5 stars if I can rate!
Clare Flynn has a rare gift to immerse the reader in a character who has a story to tell that makes for compulsive reading. Her descriptions of colonial life are surely a true reflection of how the British behaved in foreign climes, causing the reader to cringe with embarrassment. She weaves a compelling story of a fascinating woman caught up in a loveless marriage. Her story is littered with the most wonderful descriptions of Malaya and the extraordinary people who made their lives under the mantle of an occupying force. Our heroine is real and is incredibly sensitive, surviving through extraordinary times until she finds a forbidden love. This is a joyous story, full of pain and wonder.
Often heart-rending, this novel spans most of Ginny Dunbar's challenging life, and some of the most significant years of British colonial history. It's a beautifully written story that takes in love, disappointment, betrayal, displacement, loss, and some spectacular countryside which Flynn evokes so well. Although painful to read at times, I couldn't put the book down.The setting may be India and England, but for me the novel recalls 'The Bridges of Madison County' and even 'Dr Zhivago', and I wouldn't be surprised if Hollywood came calling. Why only four stars? That's because some of Flynn's other novels are even better.
What an excellent writer Ms. Flynn is. I was spellbound by the moment the flowers of the title were revealed and the deep significance of that scene. Taut emotions run through the book, but they are never sentimental or melodramatic. The characters are so deftly drawn you feel sympathy for even the most unsympathetic. Highly recommended.