Monday, July 25, 2011

August's Group Read is...

The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark! We had a tie and using this one appears to be the winner! We will be discussing the book in August every Friday.  Anyone is free to join us and I really hope that you do.  We had a ton of people show interest in July and then I think Lisa and I were the only ones who read the book, which is a shame because it was a good one! If you would like to write a guest post for one of the Friday's let me know!

Here is our discussion schedule:

Discussion 1 Chapters 1 -10 – August 5th

Discussion 2 – Chapter 11-20 August 12th

Discussion 3 – Chapter 21 – Chapter 32 August 19th

Discussion 4 – Chapter 33 – the end August 26th

About: A sweeping novel that brings to life two love stories, ninety years apart, set against the rich backdrop of war-torn India.

In 1947, American historian and veteran of WWII, Martin Mitchell, wins a Fulbright Fellowship to document the end of British rule in India. His wife, Evie, convinces him to take her and their young son along, hoping a shared adventure will mend their marriage, which has been strained by war.
But other places, other wars. Martin and Evie find themselves stranded in a colonial bungalow in the Himalayas due to violence surrounding the partition of India between Hindus and Muslims. In that house, hidden behind a brick wall, Evie discovers a packet of old letters, which tell a strange and compelling story of love and war involving two young Englishwomen who lived in the same house in 1857.

Drawn to their story, Evie embarks on a mission to piece together her Victorian mystery. Her search leads her through the bazaars and temples of India as well as the dying society of the British Raj. Along the way, Martin’s dark secret is exposed, unleashing a new wedge between Evie and him. As India struggles toward Independence, Evie struggles to save her marriage, pursuing her Victorian ghosts for answers.

Bursting with lavish detail and vivid imagery of Calcutta and beyond, The Sandalwood Tree is a powerful story about betrayal, forgiveness, fate, and love.

Hope you join us! Let me know in the comments if you plan to read along!

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