The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark- 268 pages
In 1947, an American anthropologist named Martin Mitchell wins a Fulbright Fellowship to study in India. He travels there with his wife, Evie, and his son, determined to start a new chapter in their lives. Upon the family’s arrival, though, they are forced to stay in a small village due to violence surrounding Britain’s imminent departure from India. It is there, hidden behind a brick wall in their colonial bungalow, that Evie discovers a packet of old letters that tell a strange and compelling story of love and war involving two young Englishwomen who lived in the very same house in 1857.
Drawn to their story, Evie embarks on a mission to uncover what the letters didn’t explain. Her search leads her through the bazaars and temples of India as well as the dying society of the British Raj. Along the way, a dark secret is exposed, and this new and disturbing knowledge creates a wedge between Evie and her husband. Bursting with lavish detail and vivid imagery of Bombay and beyond, The Sandalwood Tree is a powerful story about betrayal, forgiveness, fate, and love.
My review: 4 stars
I loved this book. Great historical references and good love stories that endure within friendships, marriages and children. Expat couple living in India move int0 the same home that two women had lived in 100 years earlier. Each of the twosomes have engaging stories and interesting relationships with one another. This book proves the fact that a hand written letter can stand the test of time and change lives long after the letter is written. Look forward to reading more from this author.
Tags: Friendship, Historical Fiction, 2011, Indian
Labels: 2011, Friendship, Historical Fiction, Indian