"Beautiful and brave and bittersweet--a moving story of how love in all its forms binds us together and endures, in spite of everything."-- Susanna Kearsley , New York Times bestselling author of The Firebird and The Winter Sea
A breathtaking story of forbidden love and devastating consequences...Read more...
"Beautiful and brave and bittersweet--a moving story of how love in all its forms binds us together and endures, in spite of everything."--Susanna Kearsley, New York Times bestselling author of The Firebird and The Winter Sea
A breathtaking story of forbidden love and devastating consequences...
The moment Sophie steps onto India's burning soil, she realizes her return was inevitable. But this is not the India she fell in love with ten years before in a maharaja's palace. This is not the India that ripped her heart out as Partition tore the country in two. That India, a place of tigers, scorpions, and shimmering beauty, is long gone.
Drawing on her own family's heritage, acclaimed novelist Alison McQueen beautifully portrays the heart of a woman who must confront her past in order to fight for her future. Under the Jeweled Sky deftly explores the loss of innocence, the urgent connection in our stars, and how we'll go to find our hearts.
"Bursting with the evocative glow of long-forgotten India...lures you into a beautiful story of scandal, hope, and the kind of love that marks us forever."--Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of The Kitchen House
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-11-04
- Reviewer: Staff
McQueen (The Secret Children) takes readers on an emotional coming-of-age journey in her latest novel. In 1947, Dr. Shofield moves his 18-year-old daughter Sophie and bitter wife Veronica from their London home to India, where he has accepted a position as a Maharaja’s doctor. With nothing to do but explore the palatial grounds, Sophie meets Jag, the son of a palace servant, who shows her hidden passageways, while over time carving a path straight to her heart. In Romeo and Juliet fashion, the two have explicitly been told they aren’t to socialize, much less fall in love. But something binds them deeper than their parents’ strict orders, even after Jag is sent away. Years later, Sophie returns to India with her British husband and finds that as much as she tried to quell them over the years, the memories of her first love—and the painful secret they share—have never truly left her. McQueen expertly captures the innocence and passion of young love—and how it can so quickly turn into something tragic when politics and the realities of adulthood get in the way. This historical page-turner deals out hope and heartbreak in turn, hurtling the reader toward its devastating denouement. Agent; Grainne Fox, Fletcher & Co. (Jan.)