loved it

Thanks Helen: I have just finished this gripping book. I have lain in bed, hours after my husband was asleep, just to get to the next part of the story. There was the odd Indian word I did not understand at first but it made no difference to my enjoyment of the book. It was sad to finish it. I look forward to reading more from the author.

Thanks to ‘Wee Bird’: I really enjoyed the way the author creates a family history and makes it so interesting and so riveting to read! It was a surprising ‘page turner’ which appealed to me because the characters were so well written and so absorbing, to such an extent that I became very curious about their lives, worries, traditions, hopes and fears. I learned so much about the ‘culture’ of the time too, but in such a way that it was seemingly an accidental part of the overall story. I really recommend this book!

Thanks to PR: A lovely book, based on fact, and a most enjoyable read. It describes the intertwining of the lives of the characters and the hardships they had to endure. It told me a lot about the history of India prior to Partition and gave much insight into arranged marriages and the love you had to close your eyes to. Where you did what was expected of you for the sake of the family, rather than being allowed to follow your own heart – which left me feeling quite sad. It also shows how sadly value-less a girl-child was.

A book to recommend. I applaud the author.

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Thank You, scafftag, for this – A journey through life

This is romance in its true, original meaning – a life story, a love story, an intertwining of characters and places and history. It’s well-written (always a plus in my book, I like writers who can write in decent English), expressive, and emotive; you care about the fate of the people in its pages. Deserves to be a runaway bestseller.

Thank You, M.M for this – A wonderful story I could not put down

In many ways this is also a love story, yet – for someone like me who does not like romantic tales, it was unusual.

It was very instructive in terms of how much I learned about the history of India and the Punjab, but at the same time, it was like living someone else’s story and wanting to see how it would end.

I was completely absorbed by it , to the point that I had to take some time off on the Monday to finish it. I have read a lot of books and novels in my life, and often I feel they’re not good enough to keep me reading, that I ‘guess’ what the writer is trying to do.

This was a complete surprise, and I just let the story take me to new places.

When I finished it I realised I was a bit sad because it was over. The last time I have felt like this was when I read The Great Gatsby.

Although it is not poetic in its language, it nevertheless has a few poetic moments that I have underlined. I ended up getting another copy as a gift to my sister as I feel it has to be shared.

Absorbing and enjoyable

Part biography – of a family and of a nation – part love story, part mystery – told through the tales of women. The crafted and deceptively gentle narrative draws you into the (sometimes brutal to our modern eyes) story of Takri and the women around her, and holds you entwined to the final page. The ideas and images will linger long after the much enjoyed reading of the actual book.

Thank You, Jen – fellow member of Arrochar Book Group 🙂