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In A Far Country

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A hugely absorbing, satisfying read, beautifully crafted but thrillingly told, in the style of THE FAR PAVILIONS 'I belonged to India, and it to me...' Bombay, 1880. In the cool of the day, standing by the sea, a woman remembers a journey. From a humble medical mission outside Lahore to the winding alleys and colourful bazaars of Peshawar; from respectable missionary's dau...more
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Linda Holeman really deserves to be better known. Her books seem to be difficult to find outside the UK and Canada which is sad because she's such a good writer. Last year I read The Moonlit Cage and enjoyed it so much I couldn't wait to read another of her historical fiction novels. In a Far Country is part of a trilogy with The Linnet Bird and The Moonlit Cage, but they are all stand-alone books and can be read in any order.

In a Far Country is set in British-ruled India in the late 19th centur...more
Mar 16, 2011 Katrina rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I've loved Linda Holeman's writing since I first picked up The Linnet Bird at the local half price bookstore when I was in college. Her books are so rich with action, mystery, romance and cultural diversity. It's sometimes hard to believe she is from Canada and not India, Afghanistan or some other far off country. The reader can easily get lost in a world that is vastly unlike anything they have ever known.

The vivid, colourful and natural way Linda Holeman writes leaves the reader engrossed in h...more
"Another completely engrossing and very well written novel from Linda Holeman. She has become one of my most favorite authors. With wonderful, fully developed characters and absorbing storyline, the book is set in India in the late 1800's. Ms. Holeman completely emerses the reader in the sights, sounds and smells of the country. Every book written by Ms. Holeman is an adventure, and I'm always sad when I've come to the end of the journey. I can't wait to read her latest, "The Saffron Gate". Very...more
In a Far Country

By Linda Holeman

McArthur & Co., 500 pages, $25

Following the release of two bestselling historical novels, Winnipeg author Linda Holeman returns with another thick tome filled with secrets, tragedy and strong women who just can't seem to get a break.

Holeman calls this the last of the three books in her loosely tied "India Trilogy."

The previous title in the series, The Linnet Bird, published in 2004, starts in the early 1800s in Liverpool and chronicles the life of a prostitute...more
As the daughter of poor medical missionaries in India, Pri Fincastle's life is far from glamorous or easy. There's much to do and she spends her time tending the gardens, learning the languages of the area and helping her parents look after the needs of the villagers who come to the mission for medical relief. There is little occasion for fun or frivolity in her austere upbringing.

As well, the atmosphere at the mission is not a happy one and there is much about her family's strange situation she...more
This book was recommended to me by a friend, and I am so glad I read it! I don't know a lot about Indian culture, so that by itself made this book really interesting to me.

The first 300 pages or so are just introducing the story. Normally, I can't stand that, but the story was so engaging, I couldn't put it down.

Pree was a really interesting heroine. The things she does, whether they be right or wrong, totally make sense with her personality. Sometimes, I felt like screaming at the book, "Nooo...more
Anne Jordan
PAGE TURNER>>>>I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN..... and when i wasn't reading it i wanted to finish wh atever i was doing to get back to the novel.5 stars
Kerry Hennigan
This is a pretty dramatic tale - the life of a young woman born in India under British colonial rule. Pree is the daughter of English missionaries who falls on hard time when disaster strikes the family. Her dearest friend is a young man named Kai who is involved in insurgent activities against British rule. But Kai deserts Pree who must resort to desperate means to make a new life for herself. While the premise sounds like the novel is a pot-boiler of epic proportions, this is a book you can ha...more
Jo at Jaffareadstoo
From the opening paragraph this books just draws you into a journey bringing the sights, smells and horrors of 19th century India vividly to life. Linda Holeman is a master story teller weaving an intricate tale from stunning backgrounds. She has written several other books, some for young adults, but it is her adult fiction that grips me, and keeps me waiting eagerly for her next offering. If you haven't yet discovered her writing ,you are in for a treat....She doesn't pull any punches and her...more
great the history told in a fascinating manner. I will look for more of her books..
I loved reading In A Far Country by Linda Holeman. I would like to read more of her books.
I really enjoyed this book, and Linda Holeman has a way of drawing her reader into the setting of her novel and into her character's mind. Her descriptions of her main character's surroundings makes you envision the setting and the first person narrative is written thoughtfully, which gives great depth to Pree(the main character) and her emotions. She is a great storyteller that weaves a slow tale at first, which then takes on a dramatic intensity. Overall, a great read from an author who is alw...more
Michelle Millson
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♥ Marlene♥
Ah I am sad it is finished.
This book started a bit slow, but then it really started to gain pace and I enjoyed it.
I was a bit annoyed by her constantly following Kai.
One thing I am very curious about, what kind of genre the books of Lina Holeman are? Are they historical Fiction? or are they more romance books?
I want to know cause I like these kind of books a lot. Cannot wait for her next book,which has the working title of Majorelle Blue. Great canadian author.
I sort of enjoyed two other books by this author. But this one was just a romance, and I don't like romance books. If you like romance, you would probably enjoy it. I kept wondering why I was finishing it -- well, it's because I most always finish books that I start. Unfortunately, I own one more book by this author, and I will have to read it just because I have to read books that I own. I hope it is better than this one.
Christine Sinclair
Jane Eyre goes to India? This novel is part romance, part gothic, part historical, hard to pinpoint by genre, but very readable. Unputdownable is a coined word, but this book is! Pree Fincastle's life is part The Secret Garden, part Jane Eyre, part Gone With the Wind, part The African Queen. Even though the writing is sometimes less than perfect, the book soars above it. GREAT story!
Linda Holeman is one of my favorite authors. I have read every one of her books I can get my hands on. Her novels are fine pieces of art painted with the vivid colors of the East, wonderful historical details, deftly drawn characters and riveting storylines. Absolutely loved, loved, loved this novel!!
Jane Glen
Holeman writes unusual books. Just when I think I know where it is going, it takes another turn. Definitely a powerful author, who has the ability to draw you wholly into another country and culture. I look forward to reading more of her books.
I really enjoyed this book and loved the never ending twists and turns of the plot. Although set in India don't expect some deep and thought provoking commentary on the Raj - it's not. Instead enjoy it as a tale of a young woman's coming of age.
Jude Grebeldinger
Made me a bit nauseous. Couldn't get past page 194. Although I enjoyed reading other books about India, somehow this one never reached past the basic level of the crude living into heart warming humanness.
Gail Derby
I would recommend all of Linda Holeman's book and I've read most of them. Not a bad one in the lot. Maybe I'm a tad biased, she's from my home town (Winnipeg, Canada) :).
A great read - a little slow at first, but then it was wonderful! Not quite as good as "The Moonlit Cage", but a very good read.
Loved it! Linda Holeman is an excellent author. Very "adult" books though.
Kailey Poborsa
It was a good story, the ending wasn't what I thought it would be.
Laura V
I enjoyed this book, not suspecting what was around the corner
Couldn't finish.
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Linda Holeman is the author of thirteen books of fiction. Her work includes two adult collections of literary short stories, Flying to Yellow and Devil’s Darning Needle, as well as the historic novels The Linnet Bird, The Moonlit Cage, In a Far Country, The Saffron Gate, and The Lost Souls of Angelkov. Her young adult body of work consists of a collection of short stories, Saying Good-Bye, which w...more
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