Monday, March 21, 2011

The Sandalwood Tree

I have found another new-to-me author and I am thinking this is another one to add to my - Keep an Eye On List!! Elle Newmark's latest title is The Sandalwood Tree. It is set in modern day India and keeps track of a family that moved their for a job, but it is tied into the lives of two girls from 90 years before that lived in that same house in India - it all intertwines to create quite a powerful story. The characters are strong, the plot line is not one that you can see coming (THANK YOU Newmark!!!) and the history is vivid. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

Here is what the publisher says of the book:

From incredible storyteller and nationally bestselling author Elle Newmark comes a rich, sweeping novel that brings to life two love stories, ninety years apart, set against the backdrop of war-torn India.

In 1947, an American anthropologist named Martin Mitchell wins a Fulbright Fellowship to study in India. He travels there with his wife, Evie, and his son, determined to start a new chapter in their lives. Upon the family’s arrival, though, they are forced to stay in a small village due to violence surrounding Britain’s imminent departure from India. It is there, hidden behind a brick wall in their colonial bungalow, that Evie discovers a packet of old letters that tell a strange and compelling story of love and war involving two young Englishwomen who lived in the very same house in 1857.

Drawn to their story, Evie embarks on a mission to uncover what the letters didn’t explain. Her search leads her through the bazaars and temples of India as well as the dying society of the British Raj. Along the way, a dark secret is exposed, and this new and disturbing knowledge creates a wedge between Evie and her husband. Bursting with lavish detail and vivid imagery of Bombay and beyond, The Sandalwood Tree is a powerful story about betrayal, forgiveness, fate, and love.
This is a great historical fiction read - it kept me moving and wondering how the two stories were going to join. The book is soon-to-be-released - watch for it!
*I was sent a copy for review by the publisher.

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