This book was first published in 1949 and resurrected by Persephone books. Yay! It really is a little gem and I'm so glad its back in circulation.
In a nutshell, 14 year old Teresa is dragged off to
India by her father so that his exwife can't have her ( though if the
truth be known, neither of them want her anyway). At its crux, this is a
story of a dysfunctional family and at times no character is very
likeable, although we can understand why they act the way they do.
cant say the novel is a cheerful one but its not a depressing read
either. (for those who need a HEA you can rest assured that it does end
with hope). Its largely character driven rather than plot driven and in
this case India itself is one of the characters. I would call it slice
The author was so observant of personality, foibles,
mannerisms, culture and scenery (see my updates for examples of this)
that I'm left feeling satisfied and slightly awed.
Why not 5 stars?
would have liked just a little more sunshine in this child's life.
Still, it's a story that stays with you long after the final pages are
turned and so, for its masterful storytelling alone, I feel that it
deserves at least 4 stars.
PROFANITY: Very mild
MY RATING: G