I have a really good book to share with you tonight called Under The Jeweled Sky written by Alison McQueen.
A breathtaking story of forbidden love and devastating consequences...
The moment Sophie steps onto India's burning soil, she realizes her return was inevitable. But this is not the India she fell in love with ten years before in a maharaja's palace. This is not the India that ripped her heart out as Partition tore the country in two. That India, a place of tigers, scorpions, and shimmering beauty, is long gone.
Drawing on her own family's heritage, acclaimed novelist Alison McQueen beautifully portrays the heart of a woman who must confront her past in order to fight for her future. Under the Jeweled Sky deftly explores the loss of innocence, the urgent connection in our stars, and how we'll go to find our hearts.Wow, this story was definitely sad and very hard to forget about. Sophie's father was sent to India and he took his family with him. His wife, Veronica, Sophie's mother was an awful person. She didn't like anyone or anything. She was a miserable person and she made everyone else miserable.
Finally, her father had had enough and what he did next was something that would haunt him the rest of his life but at last he was free of Veronica and all of her miserable things.
Sophie's life is ruined and she is just as miserable. She married a man that is not good for her. What he does next will tear Sophie apart but at the same time free her to go forward on a journey that will ultimately bring her great joy.
This was a tender book with awful sadness but in the end it all comes full circle. It's still not the ideal life, but it is more than Sophie can dare hope for. This story will stay with you for quite awhile. It's worth reading and I hope that you will read it.
About the Author:
Born to an Indian mother and an English jazz musician father, Alison McQueen grew up in London. After a convent education, Alison worked in advertising for 25 years before retiring to write full time.
In 2006 she was selected from an impressive long list to join The Writer’s Circle, a group of 8 top writers to be groomed by the UK film industry as the new generation of British screenwriters. She has written seven novels, including Under the Jeweled Sky and The Secret Children, which was inspired by her life.
Connect with Alison on her website
Praise for Under the Jeweled Sky
“Bursting with the evocative glow of long-forgotten India, Under the Jeweled Sky lures you into a beautiful story of scandal, hope, and the kind of love that marks us forever. An unforgettable, irresistible tale that wraps around your heart and won’t let go.”- Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of The Kitchen House
“Beautiful and brave and bittersweet -- a moving story of how love in all its forms binds us together and endures, in spite of everything.” - Susanna Kearsley, New York Times bestselling author of The Firebird and The Winter Sea
“McQueen has a fine sense of place and character… A richly imagined story of love, politics and fate.” - Kirkus
“An emotional coming-of-age journey...McQueen expertly captures the innocence and passion of young love—and how it can so quickly turn into something tragic when politics and the realities of adulthood get in the way. This historical page-turner deals out hope and heartbreak in turn, hurtling the reader toward its devastating denouement.” – Publishers Weekly
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.