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East of the Sun by Julia Gregson
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Jul 12, 09

Read in July, 2009

What a treat to read this book on the beach! I highly recommend you grab this book, your towel and a comfy beach chair and enjoy! Don't forget your sunscreen, because you will lose all track of time in the sun as you savor this story. It unfolds like the best BBC production. It captured my imagination because of its characters, its location (India) and it's plot. Loved it and highly recommend it!

From Publishers Weekly
British author Gregson bows in America with her fast-paced second novel, an absorbing international period drama concerning three young Englishwomen and a troubled boy journeying to India in the late 1920s. The eldest at 25, Viva Holloway is an orphan hoping to retrieve her lost parents' personal effects; she's paying her way by chaperoning three younger travelers. Rose Wetherby is going to India to be married; Victoria Tor Sowerby is Rose's bridesmaid; and 16-year-old Guy Glover is returning home after getting expelled from school for stealing. Throughout, narrative shifts reveal the travelers' perspectives and fears: Viva is haunted by a childhood and family she barely remembers; Rose is growing increasingly nervous about how little she knows of her fiancé; and Tor is eager, after a disappointing deb season in London, to find a husband of her own and avoid returning to England. Guy's strange behavior makes it clear he's unstable, and before long, he's assaulted a member of a powerful Indian family, setting off a frightening chain of events for both himself and Viva. Gregson's rich imagery, strong characters and gripping plot make this a resonant page-turner. (June)
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