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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,072 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elle Newmark Narrator: Justine Eyre Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1947 American historian and World War II veteran 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 with other places come 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 and the dying society of the British Raj. Along the way, Martin’s dark secret is exposed, unleashing a new wedge between the couple. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Elle Newark beautifully captures the sights, smells and sounds of India on the cusp of change, all the while spinning a richly layered tale.”

    Cathy Buchanan, New York Times bestselling author of The Day the Falls Stood Still

  • “Newmark escalates tension subtly, weaving two intricate stories together and building a narrative that I could not put down. The characters linger long after the final page.”

    Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestseeling author of The Lace Reader

  • “Newmark’s The Sandalwood Tree is a finely nuanced tale of the enchantment of India for three women—a century apart—caught in the midst of two struggles for independence from the British Raj. The research is meticulous, the details exquisite, the story one of love, betrayal…and love again. The Sandalwood Tree is a heart-warming, enlightening, and mesmerizing read.”

    Indu Sundaresan, author of The Twentieth Wife

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Janet | 2/12/2014

    " About halfway through, I thought, "this book is full of unhappy people". But it was interesting enough to read through to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Liz | 1/20/2014

    " This was an interesting read about a couple and their son that head to India for his doctorate work, right at the time of Partition. She find some old letters and journals which lead her on a search to learn more, so it jumps back in time to the 1850's. I liked it, but the author could have left out some of the weird stuff that didn't really add to the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dayne | 1/14/2014

    " Parallel stories about 1947 and 1857 in India. Very interesting time in Indian history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Autumn | 1/2/2014

    " The story is fabulous and compelling, it is full of themes but never felt like too much. I like the characters as well as the author's voice. Sometimes I felt events and conversations were too predictable and/or dramatic and the author repeated ideas or thoughts sometimes which was unnecessary-that's my only complaint. "

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