ABOUT THE BOOK
The exotic splendors of India are legendary, and the colorful sights of her new home in Calcutta immediately captivate eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Poulter. Whereas many of her fellow British expatriates despise the culture they see as barbaric, Helen sees excitement int he unusual locale. it is in this vibrant, bustling city that she finds a kindred soul in Captain Michael Rhodes, an Englishman whose lifelong love of India runs deep. Their friendship quickly grows, yet despite their undeniable connection, she could never think of Captain Rhodes as more than a dear friend.
Her love, in truth, has been captured by dashing British Lieutenant Arthur Bancroft. This handsome soldier represents the embodiment of all she's dreamed of in a husband. Preoccupied by her growing affections, Helen never dreams that beneath the glamor of the city, hostilities are reaching a boiling point. When battle ultimately threatens both of the men in her life, she must make a choice: pursue the man who symbolizes her British past, or let herself love a man who promises an unknown future in the land she loves. But amid the casualties of war, will her declaration of love come too late?
Jennifer Moore has done it again, creating characters that I fell in love with immediately. I also thoroughly enjoy the fact that this book connects to several of her others. It's fun to run into familiar characters again. I found Helen to be a delightful character with her sweetness of spirit but low self esteem. I loved the way Captain Rhodes treats her and the way their friendship forms. The details about India and life there during this period of time were enjoyable as well. Certainly very different than the life Helen lived in England, yet she doesn't let the differences stop her from appreciating the beauty she sees around her. But it doesn't take long before she starts to realize that this land has plenty of flaws as well and she struggles to come to grips with some of the traditions she sees/hears about. In addition, her crush on the lieutenant versus her friendship with the captain must be faced as well. Once again, Moore has created a compelling, wonderful story of love and life.
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