Peggie meets and falls in love with Ajit and head off to India for a life together. I didn't realise how much of this novel was drawn from autobiographical elements until after I had read the book which made the interesting bits of the story set in India make more sense. The author has great sympathy for the characters and it was a nice read.
This book was a chore. The storyline was not gripping in the slightest, and although Forrester showed real empathy with the characters, I struggled to feel it myself. I kept at it thinking that the last book I read was so epic I was simply suffering from its hangover, which was denying me the pleasure of submerging myself into the world of the next story. In fairness there were parts of the book that were juicy enough to grab my attention, for example, when Angela divulged secrets about Barney, [...]
This time the story is about English girl who meets and marries an Indian in 1950s. She goes off to live with him in India and , of course, there is a huge culture shock. As always, Helen Forrester has a great empathy with her characters and a happy ending eventually in the midst of racism, caste system in operation, Muslim-Hindu clashes and poverty.
I read Helen's 4 autobiographical books and loved them. This is a fictional story, but I believe she did marry an Indian man and was very happy, so in my mind, this is the rest of her story. I enjoyed this and came away with a new appreciation for my kitchen appliances!
This is a work of fiction but Helen Forrester did pretty much what Peggie did. She was brought up in England met her husband, a student there, married him moved to India and was not welcomed at her in-laws home right away. She lived in India for quite a long time and learn to cope with the heat, and bugs, the different people, different beliefs, the different food. It was quite an eye opener and a quick read. She takes you through her every day life a white woman i. A strange land. Helen Forrest [...]