exotic splendors of India are legendary, and the colorful sights of her
new home in Calcutta immediately captivate eighteen-year-old Lady Helen
Poulter. Whereas many of her fellow British expatriates despise the
culture they see as barbaric, Helen sees excitement in the unusual
locale. It is in this vibrant, bustling city that she finds a kindred
soul in Captain Michael Rhodes, an Englishman whose lifelong love of
India runs deep. Their friendship quickly grows, yet despite their
undeniable connection, she could never think of Captain Rhodes as more
than a dear friend.
Her love, in truth, has been captured by
dashing British Lieutenant Arthur Bancroft. This handsome soldier
represents the embodiment of all she's dreamed of in a husband.
Preoccupied by her growing affections, Helen never dreams that beneath
the glamor of the city, hostilities are reaching a boiling point. When
battle ultimately threatens both of the men in her life, she must make a
choice: pursue the man who symbolizes her British past, or let herself
love a man who promises an unknown future in the land she loves. But
amid the casualties of war, will her declaration of love come too late?
"Lady Helen Poulter stood on the deck of the ship, her gloved fingers tapping on the railing, playing invisible keys in a melody only she could hear."
So now I want to go to India and eat exotic food and have a pet monkey. Thanks a lot Ms. Moore!
story is about Lady Helen finding herself or her "song" and finding
romance in India. She is kind and smart and funny and I immediately
started rooting for her to find her way. She is traveling there with her
mother and stepfather and finds everything in her travels wonderful and
adventurous, unlike many of the British women who live in India.
character has depth, including Badmash, the monkey. The two men vying
for Lady Helen's attention are distinct in their own personalities.
Captain Rhodes and Lieutenant Ashcroft kept the tension going throughout
I recommend this story to anyone who likes Regency Romance!
V: a few scary moments in the jungle
Thanks to netgalley for the advanced read in exchange for an honest review.