A story of three young women who leave England as part of the "fishing fleet" going to India to find husbands. There is no single strong plot line, but several tales of women that weave together in the heat of Bombay. Their down-to-earth tales, all in different circumstances, describe with detail life in England and India at the decline of the Raj and the beginning of the Ghandi era. Lots of good character development and realistic description of daily life in both settings, rich and poor. I really enjoyed watching the characters play out their lives. A very satisfying tale, marred only by the story of a disturbed young man, Guy Glover. Although it added an element of danger, it seemed a little too on the fringe. But a great read nonetheless.
A story of India during the 1920s when the British ruled but the "home rule" movement was gaining ground. The story is told through the perspectives of three British women all in India for varying reasons. The story was reasonably interesting. However, one part - centered around the characters on a young man - did not really fit with the rest of the book. Still not clear on what, if anything, that added to the story.
The book was also rather long. I think the same story could have been told in a more concise manner.
Really liked this book! Great descriptive writing of what it must have been like during this time in India. I can imagine this one will be on my top 10 reads for 2010!