A fabulous tale of star crossed lovers in 19C India
The story begins in Calcutta in 1848 as Olivia O’Rourke arrives from California to spend time with her mother’s sister, Lady Bridget Templewood. Used to the freer life she shared with her father, Olivia chafes under the rigid morals of British Society, but then she accidentally meets a man reviled by her family, Jai Ravenstone. Jai is a Eurasian with a mysterious past who against all odds built up a successful shipping empire.
Despite her family’s hatred of Jai and his attempts at destroying her uncle’s competing shipping business, Olivia cannot overcome her overwhelming attraction to Jai and sees him at every opportunity, even though Jai himself warns her of the dangers of involvement with him. Just when it seems Olivia and Jai may be able to surmount the problems of his past and find love, Jai’s obsession with destroying the Templeton’s takes him on a path that utterly destroys Olivia’s love for him and sends her on a path of building her own business ventures to enact her revenge against Jai.
This was a wonderful tale of love and revenge that will have you reading well into the wee hours of the morning, by page 250 or so I literally didn’t come up for air until I finished it. There are many twists and turns and quite shocking surprises that will have you guessing and turning the pages until the very end. It’s not quite up to the standards of The Far Pavilions, but for those seeking a well spun yarn set in 19C India during the British Raj this is one worth checking out. Five Stars.