Monday, 23 June 2014

Book Review: Shadowed in Silk by Christine Lindsay

Shadowed in Silk

By Christine Lindsay 

Publisher’s Synopsis 
She was invisible to those who should have loved her. After the Great War, Abby Fraser returns to India, where her husband is stationed with the British army. She has longed to go home to the land of glittering palaces and veiled women . . . but Nick has become a cruel stranger and a cruel father to their three-year old son. It will take more than her American pluck to survive.   
Major Geoff Richards, broken over the loss of so many of his men in the trenches of France, returns to his cavalry post in Amritsar. His faith does little to help him understand the ruthlessness of his British peers toward the Indian people he loves. Nor does it explain how he is to protect Abby Fraser and her child from the husband who mistreats them.

Amid political unrest, inhospitable deserts, and Russian spies, tensions rise in India as the people cry for the freedom espoused by Gandhi. Caught between their own ideals and duty, Geoff and Abby stumble into sinister secrets . . . secrets that will thrust them out of the shadows and straight into the fire of revolution. 

What I thought: 
Christine Lindsay expertly guides her readers on an adventure into historical British colonial India in Shadowed in Silk, the first absorbing instalment of her ‘Twilight of the British Raj’ series.  Her prowess as an author is clearly on display as she weaves together culture, history and characters so realistic I felt like I was right there with them.  

I found the characters of Shadowed in Silk drew me in and had me completely invested very quickly.  Abby was beautifully portrayed.  As she returns to the land of her heart and eagerly anticipates reunion with her husband her confusion and disappointment is palpable.  It is in these early pages that Nick’s true self begins to be revealed and the distasteful man he truly is becomes more obvious as time goes by.  Lindsay develops the tension between the two and Abby’s bewilderment at her unexpected circumstances and I found myself willing Abby to take a stand.  I fell in love with Eshana (Abby’s nanny) for her faith-filled wisdom, and Geoff (Abby’s travel escort and newfound friend) for his chivalrous loyalty.  Each of these characters adds depth to the story that weave together to make Shadowed in Silk the brilliant story that it is.

Against the exotic location of historical India the plot for Shadowed in Silk is engaging and weaves together threads of political history, personal challenges for each of the characters and ominous secrets that could easily see any one of the characters in mortal danger.  Desperate to find out who the gun smuggler was, and who the Englishman imposter might be I was reluctant to put this book down until I finally learnt all the answers. 

Shadowed in Silk is the perfect blend of mystery, history and gentle romance.  As well as these pivotal elements the faith story of the characters reminded me that God’s grace flows in our lives no matter how terrifying the circumstances might appear.  When we trust our circumstances and our future to His almighty and loving hands we can be assured of God’s promise to care for all our needs, big and small.

I can’t wait to delve into the second installment, Captured by Moonlight as this enthralling series continues.

With thanks to Christine Lindsay for my review copy.
This review is entirely my own opinion.  I have not been paid for this review, nor have my opinions been coerced in any way. 

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