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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Kilingiri’ will appeal to readers who enjoy sagas with elements of romance, mystery and drama, loss and gain, religion and redemption played out in exotic locations over a timespan of thirty years. It addresses the issues of celibacy within the Catholic church, the heartbreak of rejection and separation, the difficulties of raising a child as a single parent, the effects ...more
Paperback, 2, 272 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Libertine Press (first published October 7th 2012)
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May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful painting of a book, its exotic location magnificently woven such that you can feel yourself right there with Nina as she moves through the ups and downs of her life. Right from the beginning I was hooked into wanting to know where we were leading. Nina's story may be universal but that is precisely what makes it so appealing in so far as the reader can readily identify with her dilemmas and reactions - and agree or disagree with her decisions, which draws you further into the ...more
Cherese A. Vines
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romance, saga, travel
Recommended to Cherese by: Kitty Bullard

By Janna Gray

At first I had a hard time getting into Kilingiri. There was a lot of description and very little dialog in the first chapter. Nina Maitland is very pregnant in Srinagar India. The author describes it beautifully and I could almost feel and smell the scene. However, it opens with a very long explanation of why Nina is unmarried, pregnant and alone on a houseboat. It just seemed a lot of back story so soon in the book. But the plot comes back to the present afterward and
Mar 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Janna Gray really knows how to spin a wonderful tale. Her writing is elegant and beautiful. Not only is her description of India and eventually Ireland enchanting, but the places become so important to the story that its like its own character. Once you are drawn in by the beauty of the background the story falls into place. We first meet Nina who is an unwed mother during a time that free love is popular but unwed pregnancy is still very taboo. While Nina struggles to overcome the pain of her ...more
Kashmir, Thailand, Ireland, France.

On a positive note, I loved the cover and some of the settings, especially in Kashmir, were wonderful. Unfortunately there wasn't much else about this book that impressed me. I am baffled by the number of five star reviews - in my opinion, this was not a well written book. There were three main reasons why I struggled with this read. Firstly the number of colloquialisms and slang words used - 'snot-rags', 'sprog', 'naff', 'attack of the wobblies', which may
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was granted this book to read by GMTA Publishing [Imprint: Libertine Press] Via Net Galley. I was very pleased to be able to get this, read and review it.

I found it very hard work at the start as it had a lot of detail in the first half of the book, it was essential though as it had to explain why Nina was living in a houseboat and pregnant. It took off in the second half of the book and I enjoyed every moment of it.

Its around when being pregnant, unmarried is so frowned upon that she is very
It's hard to express what I didn't like about this book, exactly, except that it felt like the narrative just went from tragedy to tragedy without enough emotional impact of each. It has what I call Party of Five syndrome - too many bad things happening to one family making the whole unbelievable. I did enjoy all the exotic settings.
Wendy Addiscott
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The descriptions of the areas the book is set in immediately transports you there. Thus you are able to ride the ups and downs of life with the characters.
Once started it is impossible to put down and is one of the best books I have read this year
Sue Brattle
A book that started well, with a taut storyline, then turned into a 'book by committee'. I felt the author was taking too much advice from others and leaving in too much detail. Far too long, and far too neat an ending. I only finished it because I am slightly OCD about leaving a book unread.
Dean Brown
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesome read and beautifully written from start to finish...Couldn't put it down!
Judy Lam
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love it.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, I did not like the book as I wondered why Nina was so stupid, but then looking back I realized that some girls could be as clueless as boys. Nina really thought she loved her fiance and she was excited to tell him about their baby that grew inside of her, only he chose his family's wealth over her then left her to fend for herself! At first, I wondered why Father Michael spent so much time with Nina as her daughter had died. This book has a strange title, but I did enjoy Nina's ...more
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This author is an excellent storyteller. She introduces many interesting situations and characters throughout her book. However, I would have liked to see some situations more developed. For example After Josh is born we don't meet him again until high school. Also, I didn't get an understanding of all of the struggles Nina must have experienced prenatally especially the last several months before the birth of Maya.
Sep 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A relatively good read. Nice descriptions of India/Indian life and how conservative Indian and British colonial thinking was. The shame of a pregnancy out of wedlock and later the treatment by the 'Catholic church' of a priest who 'changes' his mind. But, I agree with others too much tragedy for one family. Also, I felt after the
Initial setting in India the narrative jumped too fast and become less realistic.
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I was born in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and educated at convent schools in Kodaikanal, South India and Derbyshire, UK before training to become a teacher in London. My husband and I lived and worked in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Thailand and are currently in Dubai, UAE. I’ve always loved writing – I had to really, as at boarding school I was expected to write home every week (the letters were edited for ...more
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