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Author: Valerie Fitzgerald
A magnificent love story unfolds against a backdrop of exotic spendor 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...  more »
ISBN: 416438
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 763
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Publisher: Bantam Books
Book Type: Hardcover
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I loved this book! I'd not known about it and it was mentioned as an 'all time classic' on the PBS Historical Fiction forum, so I ordered it. Very similar to MM Kaye's 'The Far Pavilions', only better, I think. Less romance, more history and reality. It focuses on the year, 1857, during which the Sepoy Rebellion took place in India and one Englishwoman's struggle not just to survive it, but to learn to love India despite her survival experience. It doesn't hurt that she's fallen for a native-born Englishman who is very much of the country, who provides the strong counterpoint to the traditional English colonization viewpoint. Long but very very worth it!