by Lynsey on Sep 1, 2011 at 12:10 pm
BOOK 1: THE SANDALWOOD TREE by Elle Newmark
So many Reading Challengeers began their challenge with Elle Newmark’s The Sandalwood Tree and there have been many fabulous reviews. For a selection see below!
About the book
It is 1947 and Evie and Martin Mitchell have just arrived in the Indian village of Masoorla with their five-year-old son. But cracks soon appear in their marriage as Evie struggles to adapt to her new life and Martin grapples with unbearable wartime memories.
When Evie finds a packet of damaged letters concealed deep in the brickwork of their rented bungalow, she finds herself drawn to another world, a hundred years earlier, and to the extraordinary friendship of two very different young women.
And as Evie’s fascination with her Victorian friends deepens, she unearths powerful secrets. But at what cost to her present, already fragile existence?
What did you think? The News of the World said of this book ‘Elle Newmark tells a powerful tale of romance and mystery’ but did you agree?
Helen Skinner said: ‘Reading The Sandalwood Tree is an excellent way to learn about India’s history and culture and Elle Newmark makes everything easy to understand. But it’s also a great story with a beautiful setting, fascinating plot and complex characters who grow and change over the course of the novel.’
Vilija said: ‘I ended up LOVING this book’
Christy wrote: ‘The themes I got from the blurb appealed to me instantly when I first found this book: India, history, tumultuous love… and it does not disappoint!’
Yvann gave it a 9 out of 10 and said: ‘I adored this. It seemed to be just the right mix of exotic lands, adventure, mystery and family life/romance/interpersonal conflict to tick all my boxes.’
We would’ve of loved to have posted all the reviews but there were too many! Keep an eye out for your review in the upcoming posts.
Next, Book 2: BLACK SWAN RISING by Lee Carroll