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The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark
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May 07, 11

Read in May, 2011

The setting for this book is India - 1947. Martin Mitchell and his family go to India when he wins a Filbright Fellowship to study the Indian culture and how that culture is effected by the British withdrawal of power.
Martin's wife Evie finds the journal and letters of Adela Winfield and the letters of
Felicity Chadwick - living in India in 1856. Evie becomes determined to find out the whole story of Adele and Felicity. Chapters alternate between Evie's story and that of Adela and Felicity.
There is mystery, love, betrayal - all ingredients for a great read. The Sandalwood Tree is full of the history and flavor of India in 1947 and 1856.
My only criticism of this book is that the author uses many Indian terms. Sometime she defines them and sometime she does not. Usually I can pick up the meaning from the surrounding sentences. I could not do that with some of the foreign terms.
Bottom Line - a good, interesting, page turning read.
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