The Blurb (via Amazon)
In the dying days of the Raj, Anglo-Indian schoolgirl Adela Robson dreams of a glamorous career on the stage. When she sneaks away from school in the back of handsome Sam Jackman’s car, she knows a new life awaits—but it is not the one she imagined.
In Simla, the summer seat of the Raj government, Adela throws herself into all the dazzling entertainments 1930s Indian society can offer a beautiful debutante. But just as her ambitions seem on the cusp of becoming reality, she meets a charming but spoilt prince, setting in motion a devastating chain of events.
The outbreak of the Second World War finds Adela back in England—a country she cannot remember—without hope or love, and hiding a shameful secret. Only exceptional courage and endurance can pull her through these dark times and carry her back to the homeland of her heart.
This is the third book in the Indian Tea series. I’d read and really enjoyed the first two a while ago and was delighted to discover that this one had also been written.
Gripped throughout by the wonderfully descriptive narrative and the evocative setting of the book in India during the dying days of the Raj, I read it quite quickly, always eager to find out what happened next.
We first meet Adela Robinson as a high spirited young Anglo-Indian schoolgirl who when bullied by one particular stuck up girl about her parentage decides to run away from the school and return to her parents tea plantation in Assam. She enlists the help of Sam Jackman, an endearing Jack of all trades sort of character who appears on and off throughout the novel.
The story progresses throughout the early years of Adela’s life both in India and back in Newcastle around the outbreak of the Second World War. Interesting times in our not so distant past and a rich historical backdrop to this very well written, entertaining series.
I did wonder how the author knew so much about that particular time period in India and was able to describe it so vividly, but from reading the author information I see that she has diaries and letters belonging to her grandparents, who married in Lahore and lived and worked in the Punjab for nearly thirty years. Janet Macloud Trotter has also travelled in India herself.
Good stuff and I look forward to more from this author.