Shadow of the Moon
The author of THE FAR PAVILIONS returns us once again to the vast, intoxicating romance of India under the British Raj. SHADOW OF THE MOON is the story of Winter de Ballesteros, a beautiful English heiress come home to her beloved India. It is also the tale of Captain Alex Randall, her protector, who aches to possess her. Forged in the fires of a war t...more
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If Gone with the Wind was Margaret Mitchell's love letter to the old South, then Shadow of the Moon is M.M. Kaye's to historic India. Under Kaye's pen, the unfold...more
I enjoyed parts of it to a 4 star level, particularly Sabrina’s heartbreaking story, and Winter’s neglected childhood in England, her long journey back to India, her new life there with the awful Conway, and her dramatic escape as the Rebellion took savage hold.
So why only a 3 star rating? There was plenty of ‘he thought, she thought’ between our would-be-lov...more
At last reunited with M.M. Kaye's epic masterpiece, I have been spellbound and enthralled for the last week, hating every minute spent away from my book. This tale of love, courage & survival set in India during the bloodthir...more
While I spent the first half of the book having great difficulty sympathizing with the young, delusional, and allegedly enchanting protagonist, Winter, I felt compelled to keep reading for a number of reasons. Not the least of which involved a fascination with Captain Alex Randall. His stanch honor code was nearly...more
The grand account of Winter's journey to India and life there is intermingled with much discussio...more
From the very beginning this book enchanted me. It is filled with the very essence of India and its people. For years Alex was the epitome of everything that was perfect in a man- in some ways he still is. He does, at any rate, remain one of my all time favorites...more
M.M. Kaye wrote about India as if she had been there during the time of the Sepoy Rebel...more
As an aside, this bookstore is great - huge, very well organized and, best of all, a really knowledgeable owner.Highly recommended!
But back to the book. While it's obviously fits into the romance genre, the main attra...more
Winter de Ballesteros starts her trip back to India in order to marry Conway.
Winter marries Conway, unfortunately. But she saved Alex's life for an ambush.
WHAT A BOOK!! As my friend Misfit said: in the last 200 pages, just try to keep your breath. This is the third book by MM Kaye I read and I always regret when one of her book ends.
Four stars - as those who know me … I rarely give out five stars!
Many pages, but that is because the author was diligent in giving us historical details with the adventures and struggles of a very likeable couple caught in the middle of a clash between two cultures. The story takes place during the Indian Mutiny of 1857. A very knowledgeable author, M.M. Kaye was born in Simla, the summer capital of the Raj and she was the descendant of a battery commander in the siege of Delhi and the daughter...more
Kaye's characters and the...more
If you like more historical and less fiction this book is for you. It has quite a bit of political history, and towards the end graphic battles. The story takes second seat in my opinion, and not having the attention for politics or battles, I found my attention wandering...more
After “The Far Pavillions” from M. M. Kaye, I had read some of her other mystery novels primarily related to murders in African countries. I was searching for “Shadow of the Moon” for a long time but did not find it anywhere. Finally I was able to read it last year. The theme of this book and “The Far Pavillions” is similar in many aspects but it does not bind you as much as the story of Ashton and Princess Juli.
This is a story set during Indian War of Independence...more
The characters literally jump off the page, and are so realistic it's sometimes hard to believe this novel is a work of fiction. How unfair that these characters cannot come to life in human form!
The lonely, innocent Winter. The drunken, cruel, cunning Conway. The wonderful, intelligent, hard-working Alex. The naive, loyal Lo...more