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To celebrate the publication of Julia Gregson’s highly anticipated new book, Monsoon Summer, Gransnet has teamed up with Orion to give away 10 signed copies of the book, plus one lucky winner will also receive an afternoon tea hamper worth £100 and a signed copy of Monsoon Summer.*
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A compelling story of love, adventure, and the secrets that follow us, wherever we go…
Oxfordshire, 1947. Exhausted by the war and nursing a tragic secret, Kit Smallwood flees to Wickam Farm to recuperate. There she throws herself into helping Daisy set up a charity sending midwives to India.
Daisy's plan is fraught with danger. With newly-acquired Independence, many of India's people furiously resent the English for withdrawing so quickly, blaming them for the riots that left millions dead. When Kit meets Anto, a handsome, complicated but charming trainee doctor nearing the end of his English education, she falls utterly in love.
Anto makes her laugh and marriage should be the easiest thing in the world. But when he informs his family that he is shortly to return home with an English bride, his parents are appalled. Despite being Anglo-Indian herself, Kit's own mother is equally horrified. She has spent most of her life trying to erase a painful past and losing her daughter to an Indian man is her worst fear realised.
As they journey to a new life in India, Kit begins to realize the seriousness of what she has undertaken. Thrown into the heart of a traditional Indian family in a rapidly changing world, Kit has much to learn about the nature of home and the depth of her love for Anto.
"I adored this wonderful story… Astonishingly good" - Dinah Jefferies, author of The Tea Planter's Wife
"Exotic, decadent, dangerous and terrific storytelling" - Woman & Home
"Heartbreaking poignant love story set in post-war India" - Heat Magazine
"A sweeping romance between a young Indian doctor and a British midwife" - Good Housekeeping Magazine
Julia Gregson's novel East of the Sun was chosen for the Richard and Judy TV Book Club and became a Sunday Times bestseller in the UK. Previously a journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Times, Good Housekeeping, and Rolling Stone in the USA, Julia is married and lives in Monmouth. Follow her on Twitter @juliagregson.
Monsoon Summer is published by Orion and is available online and from all good booksellers.
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