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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (748 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Indu Sundaresan Narrator: Sneha Matha Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From internationally bestselling author Indu Sundaresan comes a heartrending tale of tragic love and clashing cultures in World War II India.

In 1942, Sam Hawthorne, a young US Army captain, arrives in a tiny princely state in western India. He carries combat wounds and several secrets, one of which is the real reason behind his visit: to find his brother Mike, an idealistic American soldier who disappeared after joining the local struggle for independence from the British. But Sam’s mission is soon threatened when he falls in love with Mila, daughter of the local political agent.

Betrothed to the local prince, Mila draws Sam into a doomed affair that places them both in the path of dynastic intrigue, racial prejudice, and the explosive circumstances of a country torn between imperialism and nationalism.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There’s no question that Sundaresan is a gifted storyteller with an obvious passion for history.”

    USA Today

  • “Sundaresan unfolds her bittersweet story in flashbacks that are full of sharply drawn details and adroit dialogue. It’s a riveting read.”

    Seattle Times

  • “The reader is drawn into the political unrest of the anti-British movement and confronted by the bitter racial prejudices in India at this time. Story narrator Sneha Methan provides just the right dialect to distinguish each character…The captivating story presents…a narrative propelled by mystery and suspense that is sure to interest both teens and adults.”


  • “Sundaresan renders Rudrakot vividly and the sympathetic (if doomed) characters generate enough friction to keep the pot boiling.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Sundaresan writes in the great tradition of the Indian epic, an art she carries forward with grace and brilliance.”

    Library Journal

  • “Sundaresan’s descriptive writing style makes for a colorful, engrossing read, and while the story does hop between time periods and locations, the reader is never lost along the way. Similar in story line to Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook, this book is recommended for all libraries.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Teresa | 2/17/2014

    " Really did like this book, I am on my next one about India we shall see "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Virginia | 2/17/2014

    " I am not usually that fond of novels unless they are tied more closely to real events than this one. Further, the author makes strange word choices. I didn't realize until the end that there is a glossary of terms...would have been nice to know that when hit with all the unfamiliar Indian words. I almost put it aside but then did get caught up in the story and it was good enough entertainment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shaunie | 2/13/2014

    " A love story of an American soldier who falls in love with an Indian girl. The story is a little slow and I felt that it failed to really climax. The author tends to gloss over characters' emotions. The descriptions, however, are captivating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ania | 2/8/2014

    " I could never really get into this book. I have read a few other books by this author, and her style of writing this book was so different. Something about it didn't really flow well. The story was just ok. I wouldn't recommend it. "

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