Friday, November 18, 2011

Shadowed in Silk by Christine Lindsay

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.



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The Review:
My Ranking: 8 out of 10
Ages 15 & up


I had been looking forward to this novel’s release since the first time I saw it on my author friend, Roseanna’s, blog. As soon as it arrived in the mail, I picked it up and started reading. I was immediately captured by Lindsay’s excellent writing style and intriguing storyline.

The writing style was smooth and easy to read, I liked this book a lot because while it had a sweet love story in it, it also filled with amazing historical detail and set in such a unique place -- India. It was

All of the characters were well fleshed out and fun to get to know. I enjoyed learning about Abby and her life, and also found myself sympathizing with her and all she had to endure. Geoff was also quite charming and easy to like. The side characters were neat and made a great addition.

The only problem I really had with this book was that Geoff and Abby started having feelings for each other while Abby was still Nick's wife. But, it was obvious that Geoff didn't like it and abstained from tempting situations as much as possible, which I did admire.

Sensuality:


There is mention of a group that was "raped, raided, and killed." No further descriptions were given.


There is a girl under Nick's employment that is suspected of sleeping with him. It also mentions that Abby thinks that "The girl's sensuality was unnerving" by simply the way she walked by her. 


Nick commits adultery, yet there are no scenes where this happens, it is simply found out. 


Abby longs for her husband and wonders why he isn't joining her at night, or treating her how a husband should. 


Violence:

There is minor violence in this book, but nothing very graphic or disturbing. 



All around, I really liked this book and learning so much about history in it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good historical fiction with a sweet love story thrown in. :)

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