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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.

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Published May 1st 2011 by White Fire Publishing
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SUMMARY: 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 h
Christine Lindsay has crafted an excellent story! I was swept up in the time period, the setting, the characters and in the story being played out. There were so many wonderful nuggets of truth to dig out and meditate upon throughout its' pages. I am sure these lessons and the story itself will linger upon my mind for a while.

Shadowed in Silk, has that broad, sweeping story feel from the beginning; within its' pages you are sure to encounter drama, adventure, action, romance and so much more! It
Jun 07, 2013 IrenesBookReviews rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I started reading and had to force myself to put it down to get work done. I picked it back up as soon as I could to find out how my beloved characters were handling things! Yes I fell in love with the characters rather quickly as they were written with likeable personalities and had great conversations.

I gave this book 5/5 stars. The story takes place in India and the setting is described with great detail. This is a historical novel and the history parts of the story are wri
I loved Shadowed in Silk for a few reasons. was based in India!!! I always love picking up a new book and finding myelf thrust into a brand new setting. A lot of the books I read are historical fiction based in the US or England. Reading this book was so refreshing and it was greatly detailed where the different culture was concerned. Two, I loved Abby and Geoff's journey, though it was hard for me to get through some of the beginning (mostly because of Nick, Abby's husband). It was a b ...more
Nike Chillemi
May 24, 2011 Nike Chillemi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-epic
Christine Lindsay has crafted a wonderful epic romance with tons of action that kept me turning pages. I don't usually read romance, but this was that in the classic sense of the word, and it grabbed hold of me and kept me turning pages.

What an exotic period. The novel delves into ethnic and religious prejudices, political intrigue, love/hate, gun running, and a Russian spy thrown into the mix.
Lisa Johnson
Jan 23, 2016 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing
Title: Shadowed in Silk
Author: Christine Lindsay
Pages: 276
Year: 2011
Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
My rating is 5+ stars.
There are many writers who share with readers tales of wonder, awe, heartache and hope. Some authors even include a deep thread of God, faith, hope and a host of other believing themes throughout a fictional tale. Here we are confronted with a very unique work that speaks of historical events and people along with imaginary ones with a bold theme of redemption from the first t
Dina Sleiman
May 03, 2011 Dina Sleiman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Played out against the backdrop of Ghandi's India, this novel has all the exotic elegance you would expect. The setting itself comes to life, as the author weaves a beautiful tale of romance, heartache, and intrigue.

This book spares none of the gritty details as Abby Fraser deals with an abusive and neglectful husband. Geoff Richards must watch at a distance, doing what little he can to protect Abby and her son Cam, while Geoff and Abby both struggle with feelings that can not be fulfilled. In t
Nov 03, 2011 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed 'Shadowed in Silk'! I didn't know what to expect, since this is the first book I've read by Christine Lindsay, but I'm happy to say that it was great!

'Shadowed in Silk' opened my eyes to Hinduism and their customs. I found Abby's story very sad - her father, aunt, and even her husband never seemed to love her or even care about her.

There are some twists in 'Shadowed in Silk' that I did not expect; however, I did guess some of the things that occurred!

I also very much enjoyed the
Apr 09, 2011 Catherine rated it it was amazing
I was delighted to get an advanced copy of Shadowed in Silk. I was intrigued by the setting of India, and the time period of the early 19th century. Having spent time in England, I enjoyed the realistic portrayal of the very proper British subjects, and I was moved by the accurate descriptions of the poverty and servitude suffered by the Indian people under British rule.
Shadowed in Silk is one of those delicious books that will grip you from the first page and not let go, even when you turn the
Jan 19, 2016 Debbie rated it it was ok
"Shadowed in Silk" is a historical romance novel set in 1918 in India. This novel takes the reader through an interesting bit of Indian history. The historical and setting details helped to bring the story alive in my imagination. The romance involved two people trying to do the right things but in a difficult situation.

The characters were interesting, but they weren't very complex. You could describe them in two words at the beginning, and they played that same role to the very end. This struck
Jul 15, 2016 Mark rated it it was amazing
I occasionally get emails from authors asking me to review their books. More often than not, it isn't something I am interested in. Those were my initial thoughts when this author contacted me. They look like "chick books", and I had never heard of the author. She sent me a link to read the first chapter of the third book and assured me that men like her books too, so I agreed to review the book. To my surprise, she sent me the whole trilogy. I looked at them and thought "These don't look like ...more
Nov 03, 2011 Wyndy rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. I loved to read Kim by Rudyard Kipling and this was reminiscent of that story only later in time. The story takes place in India right after WW1. Abby arrives in India on one of the troop ships with her 4 year old son to live with her husband. They were married at the beginning of the war and he was immediately posted to India. The story is about a young girl learning that the man she is married to isn't really the man she thought he was. She also finds that the Indi ...more
Jan 21, 2012 Katie rated it it was amazing
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book set in this specific time period—the British Raj. Before reading Shadowed in Silk, I knew nothing about this. That all changed once I finished this book. Christine Lindsay has written a wonderful debut—the first in a series, too, looks like! I look forward to reading and hearing more about this talented author in the future.

Cam was such a dear. Through and through. I loved seeing the affections between mother and son
Dale Harcombe
May 08, 2013 Dale Harcombe rated it really liked it
I admit to knowing little about the British Raj or even about India itself, so this novel gave a potted view of the situation and the country. I thoroughly enjoyed taking the journey with Abby and her small son Cam back to India, where she spent her earlier years. The daughter of a general, Abby is keen to get out to India after World War 1 and re-connect with her husband Nick. But it seems Nick is not at all the man she remembered from their brief time of marriage together.
I related to Abby and
Maureen Timerman
Oct 23, 2011 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-read
This is a story you never want to least when everyone is fine! What an excellent movie it would make!
Major Geoff Richards and Abby Fraser are thrown together early in this book...when Abby's husband Nick fails to meet her and his Son, when they arrive in India. Cam has never met his father, in his short 4 years, and is now delighting in the companionship of Maj Richards. When they finally arrive at their new home, Abby finds out that Nick has been on Holiday and couldn't take the time t
Janet Sketchley
Sep 08, 2014 Janet Sketchley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Shadowed in Silk is a richly evocative tale set in the closing days of British rule in India. We see the elegant lifestyles of the British officers and their wives (flirting is an unofficial sport, but don’t get caught), and the second-class treatment of the Indian nationals.

There are so many layers to this novel: romance, relationships, culture, faith, social justice, intrigue and danger. And it’s set at a point in history when Ghandi’s teaching of peaceful revolution was gaining influence but
Jennifer Taylor
Jul 20, 2011 Jennifer Taylor rated it it was amazing
Shadowed in Silk is a touching story that brings forth the realities of abuse, racial and social injustice, while weaving a tale of forbidden love that shows God's forgiving grace and healing power. It has a unique setting in the country of India where culture and class systems are very different. I enjoyed learning about these differences in a time shortly after the turn of the century as the intriguing story unfolded.

The author handles the situation of a Christian man falling in love with a m
Sep 08, 2011 Kelly rated it liked it
I am not typically a fan of christian romantic fiction, as it frequently feels that the biblical lessons are being hammered into the reader at the cost of plot development. Christina Lindsey's book was a fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, especially the well-researched description of early 1900s life in India. During British rule, on the eve of Ghandi and the people's revolt, etc. The story was very entertaining for this reason. The plot was a bit uneven--dragging at times, predictable in ...more
Nora St Laurent
Jul 08, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing
I was thrilled to get a review copy of Shadowed in Silk, Christine Lindsay’s compelling new epic novel. It reminded me of a few big screen movies like Australia, Jodie Foster in The King and I and Out of Africa. Christine has written a powerful and engaging novel that transported me to the streets of India; and mingling in it's diverse rich culture. I felt as if I had stepped off the ship with Abby and Geoff Richards and onto the dock, of Hotic India. Christine’s words paint vivid pictures that ...more
Catherine Richmond
After the Great War, Abby travels to India with her three-year-old son, eager to introduce the boy to his father and resume her brief marriage. She finds a man much different than the one she thought she married: an indebted gambler, drinker, already married to a young Indian woman. Nick admits he chose Abby for her influence as a general's daughter and her inheritance. The turmoil within her household is echoed in the tension throughout the country as the people battle the British occupiers for ...more
This is an exceptional story for a number of reasons. For one, it was bravely told. I love an author who is honest in their story-telling. The faith journey was one of my favorite aspects of this story. It wasn't forced, contrived, or in any way sappy. The author gets bonus points for that alone. Plus, this story was very well written and full of rich historical and cultural detail. But the details don't bog the story down like I've seen in a number of books lately. For me, the details enhanced ...more
Margaret Chind
You know what I love? I love that her author photo matches the book cover. That just makes me smile. That is a color that both my mother and I enjoy as well. Maybe I should go put mine on to write this review… I’ve been having a hard time reading this book as fast as I want to as my daughters are demanding attention elsewhere, but I am constantly drawn back as I want to experience what is to happen next. Right now my only qualm is that I wish I had gotten the ebook instead of the hardcopy, becau ...more
Sandra Orchard
Jul 11, 2011 Sandra Orchard rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed Shadowed in Silk about an American woman returning to post-war India (her childhood home) to reunite with the husband she’d known only a short time before he was deployed. Christine Lindsay does a wonderful job of immersing the reader in the sights, sounds and language of India in the time of British colonial rule. It took me awhile to get used to some of the unfamiliar East Indian vocabulary, but it added an authenticity that I wouldn’t have traded for a simpler read. Chris ...more
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
Nov 03, 2011 Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf) rated it really liked it
First reviewed here: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....

Shadowed in Silk is an epic tale of love lost and and love found set in exotic India during the political turmoil of the independence revolutions. Christine's writing captured the essence of India's vibrant culture and oppressive history. Her characters manoeuvre across racial and religious barriers without losing the reader along the way; instead the reader is educated about a world that for too long has been ignored in historical fic
Amber Stokes
Jan 15, 2016 Amber Stokes rated it really liked it
As the cover design suggests, this is a bold and beautifully-detailed historical novel set in a time of turmoil during the British Raj in India. Shadowed in Silk is fast-paced with plenty of intense action to hold the reader's interest. Danger and uncertainties abound within these pages!

Due to the setting, as well as the situation Abby finds herself in from the beginning, this is not a light read. It's sad and difficult to read about Abby's broken marriage and her failed attempts to fix it. This
Jul 21, 2011 Sandra rated it really liked it
Christine created well-rounded characters caught up in a turbulent time of change---the time of Ghandi and India's fight for independence. One feels Abby's fear for her son and Geoff's divided sentiments between the British military and the Indian people he loves.

I must admit that, for me, the first nearly forty pages read a bit slow as Christine introduced the setting and characters. But soon thereafter, I found myself immersed in the story---the intrigue and romance. From there, it charged ah
Donna Crow
May 16, 2011 Donna Crow rated it it was amazing
An action-packed novel of the British Raj in the 1920's

Christine Lindsay's SHADOWED IN SILK is a beautifully written book full of superb period detail to give the reader a you-are-there feeling; charcters you truly care about, including a Mother Theresa figure; and gripping events, many of them right from the pages of history.

After World War I Abby returns with her small son to the India she grew up in hoping to rebuild her life with her husband, but little of the man she married is apparent in
Lacy Williams
Dec 07, 2011 Lacy Williams rated it it was amazing
When Abby Frasier brings her young son, Cam, to Bombay, India, after years of being separated from her military husband, she is surprised and hurt to find things not as she expected. Major Geoff Richards befriended Cam on the voyage and Abby couldn’t help but notice his scars, both external and internal. But she knows a married woman—unhappy or not—should be wary of getting to close to a man other than her husband… what is God’s ultimate plan for Abby, and for Geoff?

Christine Lindsay’s well-writ
Darlene Foster
Aug 29, 2011 Darlene Foster rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful read and I couldn't put it down. In fact I forgot to get off the bus one day I was so engrossed in the story. I love stories about India and the British Raj. The well written descriptions of the time and place transported me back there. The characters were very real, with human flaws which caused bad choices at times, but strength of character won out at the end. The author knew her subject well and was compassionate about the situation. I couldn't help but wonder if the mai ...more
Jun 23, 2014 Tracy rated it it was amazing
Christine Lindsay expertly guides her readers on an adventure into historical British colonial India in Shadowed in Silk, the first absorbing instalment of her ‘Twilight of the British Raj’ series. Her prowess as an author is clearly on display as she weaves together culture, history and characters so realistic I felt like I was right there with them.

I found the characters of Shadowed in Silk drew me in and had me completely invested very quickly. Abby was beautifully portrayed. As she returns
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