The Great Rebellion of 1857 was a remarkably bloody business. At a time when Britain’s imperial influence in India was sparking brutal clashes on both sides, no one could have expected Rena, an Indian woman, to marry a British officer—nor do they understand her decision to follow her mother-in-law to England after her husband’s tragic death.
Once the two widows are in Abbotsville, the stern yet compassionate Lord Barric attempts to help them despite his better judgment. Soon he is torn between the demands of reputation and his increasing desire to capture Rena’s heart for his own.
A retelling of the biblical story of Ruth, native Indian Rena follows her mother-in-law Nell to Britain after both of their husbands die.
There were parts of this book that I really liked and parts that really frustrated me. There was a lot of thinking and observing, so I didn’t feel like Rena and Lord Barric really had a chance to connect in a meaningful way. I tend to prefer stories for more action and less reflection.
I also prefer stories with lots of conflicts. There’s essentially one conflict in this story — Rena’s an Indian woman in England, where she’s rejected and insulted. She has to find a way to survive and provide for her mother-in-law in the process.
Overall, it was a sweet story. I just would have preferred to see more of the relationship develop between Rena and Lord Barric.
Rated PG for thematic references/situations. Get your copy here!