using standard courier delivery
by history comes this breathtaking story of star-crossed lovers against the
backdrop of colourful nineteenth century India...
cross-cultural relationship is refreshing, and its peek into sites around
Lahore is delightful."
- Kirkus Reviews
A different world awaits Catherine Rose, an Englishwoman who
travels with her mother from England to India. While her father, stationed at
the Punjab University, is their direction, destiny intervenes and crosses her
path with the educated and kind Kharak. A recently qualified engineer from
Lahore who works for the Indian railways, he is as taken with the feminine,
unreserved Englishwoman as she is with him. Aghast at the blossoming
friendship, her father, incited by Ivan, a colonial engineer, arranges to keep
Catherine and Kharak from falling in love. Arranging matters, he gets Kharak
sent to work in another British colony, never to see or speak to his daughter
again. In the last few moments he has, Kharak manages to leave two notes for
Flouting her father's orders, Catherine flees in secret and
follows her heart, away from Lahore to Mombasa. But little does she know that
Ivan, as Kharak's supervisor, will be there - nor that he is now her pursuer.
With everything to lose, hope is all that Catherine can cling to, hope that
love will win the day and she and Kharak will finally be together.
Inspired by history and written with first-hand knowledge of
the locations, this achingly moving historical romance crosses continents from
England to India and East Africa during a fascinating part of history. The plot
is woven between lush descriptions to create a compelling story of forbidden
love and an uncertain ending that will linger long after the last page.
Mandz Singh has been a world cup soccer analyst for a radio station, resided on three continents, lived in a gold rush town, travelled across Australia, and stood in the elephant visiting caves of Mount Elgon. This debut novel was written during commuting hours on trains to London from Berkshire, where he now lives.