Autumn 1928. Three young women are on their way to India, each with a new life in mind. Rose, a beautiful but naive bride-to-be, is anxious about leaving her family and marrying a man she hardly knows. Victoria, her bridesmaid couldn't be happier to get away from her overbearing mother, and is determined to find herself a husband. And Viva, their inexperienced chaperone, is in search of the India of her childhood, ghosts from the past and freedom. Each of them has their own reason for leaving their homeland but the hopes and secrets they carry can do little to prepare them for what lies ahead in India...
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©2008 Julia Gregson (P)2008 WF Howes Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jane on 16-01-13

East of the sun

I loved this book, found it a varied listen, covering the subject of India from an empire point of view, would love to listen to similar titles. Wonderful story, love the connection to India under the Raj

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1 out of 5 stars
By Deborah on 24-07-14


What would have made East of the Sun better?

Less over description and uncalled for sentimental nouns

What will your next listen be?


Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Tania Rodrigues?

She was the only good thing about this audiobook

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?


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1 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 24-05-16

Indian history takes a back seat to 3 young women

Imagine being stuck on a bus with three young women talking loudly behind you. Worse, what they are going on about is really vapid and dull to everyone else but them. That's what's listening to this book was like.

This is the kind of book written for a certain type of woman who wants a swoony romance in an exotic local, but not to many facts to trouble her mind. Since Victoria Holt is no longer alive, a facsimile of a carbon copy will have to do.

Why did I choose this book? Good question. I liked the cover and I am interested in the time period regarding India and it's break from the long stifling colonization by the English. Well the cover is lovely but that's about it.

I'm also in the bad habit of almost always finishing a book I start. The story's one saving grace is that I didn't have to concentrate to hard so I could zone out and not worry about missing anything.

Hey this is not the first 'bad' book I have listened to and it won't be the last, I just have have to try harder to limit the damage.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Cate P on 06-11-09

Plotty, but good.

This work relies on plot rather than character development. The prose style isn't anything to write home about but doesn't get in the way. Some aspects of the plot are too coincidental to be believed but all in all it was good entertainment. You won't be deeply moved or have any life changing experiences, but it is a good car trip book. Light reading/listening.

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