by Valerie Fitzgerald
Publisher: Bantam Books
Book Club Edition
A magnificent love story unfolds against a backdrop of exotic splendor and stirring deeds as young Englishwoman Laura Hewitt journeys to the East -- and to the fabled fiefdom of the Zemindar, Guardian of the Earth.
He is Oliver Erskine, hereditary ruler of his private kingdom, commander of his own native army -- and brother of the man she loves.
Subject of Britain's Queen, but also a son of India, he walks the tightrope between treason to the Crown and betrayal of his own beloved land.
Challenging Laura to discover "the real India," he guides her through a world both beautiful and dangerous, lit with splendor and torn by despair.
Laura is alternately bewitched and repelled by Oliver's world -- and by the Zemindar himself: arrogant and demanding, lustful and compassionate, tender and persuasive. He infuriates her, invades her soul -- and claims her as his own. Then, as a tidal of rebellion engulfs even the enchanted reaches of Oliver's estate, Laura is forced to confront her own divided loyalties, her own mutinous heart.
Not since The Far Pavilions has a novel so captured the essence of the fabulous East; not since Gone with the Wind has there been a love story so intense and so memorable.
Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover. Pages are tanned and darkening from age. Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper. Dust cover and flaps are tanned from age. Dust cover shows a bit of edge wear and tear and creasing.
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