|Shadowed in Silk|
WhiteFire Publishing, 2011
Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
I found Shadowed in Silk to be a fascinating and extremely compelling story that had me engrossed right from the onset and throughout this captivating tale until the very end! Set in India during a time of great political unrest during the British Raj (rule), this story is written with such realism you’ll experience first-hand the tension, vulnerability, and danger as the British attempt to suppress the growing tide of insurgence from the natives of India. The treatment of the Indian people from the British will cause you to balk as you observe them being dealt with immense disdain and condescension.
However, despite the drama that unfolds in this outstanding novel, you’ll also be swept away to a culture that’s exotic, colorful, and fascinating. A place that’s teeming with people everywhere you turn with a kaleidoscope of color from the women’s silk saris, skirts and hair ornaments. You’ll imagine yourself hearing the thousands of voices assailing you during the day; the screeching of the colorful parrots; and through the night, the howling jackals and chirping crickets. The smells from the frequent clouds of dust and spices will simultaneously invade your senses.
After a whirlwind courtship, Abby had married army man Nick Fraser after only knowing him for a few weeks. Nick was about to shipped to India to rejoin his regiment there and therefore convinced Abby he wanted to make her his wife right away. After four years of barely hearing from him and with the war ending that Nick was fighting in, Abby has decided to join him in India. Their three year old son Cam whom Nick has never met is with her. Abby feels a little jittery about seeing him and being his wife again but is not prepared for him to not be there waiting at the quayside for them. After four long years of not being together, what could possibly keep Nick from being there to welcome his wife and son?
When Abby finally meets up with him, will she be swept off her feet again by this handsome Lieutenant or will she discover there’s another whole side to this man that she didn’t know?
Major Geoff Richards along with his troops that had survived the war returns home to India on the same ship that Abby and Cam had arrived on. During the voyage, Geoff who is a widower and young Cam develop a special friendship. When Geoff sees Cam and his mother alone and waiting on the pier, he helps them to get to their new home in the British civil lines, a cordoned-off part of the British empire in India. Strong and commanding yet thoughtful and quiet, Geoff himself has been scarred by the war and suffers from a hand tremor and large scar near his temple. It is easy to be drawn to this hero but you feel for his helplessness not only where Abby is concerned but also the injustice against the Indians.
After Geoff had settled back into duty, he needs to discover the Russian spy in their midst before it is too late. He knows this spy is endeavoring to cause unrest among the Indian natives and is involved in selling weapons. Abby and Cam become caught up in in this alarming situation and so with lives being in jeopardy and tensions all around escalating to boiling point, can Abby remain safe and shadowed in silk?
Christine Lindsay’s story is one of the those rare and beautiful gems that provokes such beautiful deep imagery while also gifting the reader with perfectly layered characters and a stirring and mesmerizing story that is almost impossible to put down. It was through these rich characters that the issues of love, loss, abuse, and varying levels of faith in God, are explored and thoughtfully embraced. I highly recommend this exciting and exceptional historical fiction ‘Shadowed in Silk’ to all readers!
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