Monsoon Summer

Monsoon Summer

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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By the award-winning author of East of the Sun, an epic love story moving from England to India, about the forbidden love between a young Indian doctor and an English midwife.Oxfordshire, 1947. Kit Smallwood, hiding a painful secret and exhausted from nursing soldiers during the Second World War, escapes to Wickam Farm where her friend is setting up a charity sending midwives to the Moonstone Home in South India. Then Kit meets Anto, an Indian doctor finishing his medical training at Oxford. But Kit's light skinned mother is in fact Anglo-Indian with secrets of her own, and Anto is everything she does not want for her daughter. Despite the threat of estrangement, Kit is excited for the future, hungry for adventure, and deeply in love. She and Anto secretly marry and set off for South India-where Kit plans to run the maternity hospital she's helped from afar. But Kit's life in India does not turn out as she imagined. Anto's large, traditional family wanted him to marry an Indian bride and find it hard to accept Kit. Their relationship under immense strain, Kit's job is also fraught with tension as they both face a newly independent India, where riots have left millions dead and there is deep-rooted suspicion of the English. In a rapidly changing world, Kit's naiveté is to land her in a frightening and dangerous situation... Based on true accounts of European midwives in India, Monsoon Summer is a powerful story of secrets, the nature of home, the comforts and frustrations of family, and how far we'll go to be with those we love.
Publisher: 2016.
ISBN: 9781476725307
Branch Call Number: eBook Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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SquamishLibraryStaff Feb 21, 2017

A cross between Downton Abbey and Indian Summers. Set in post WWII, the book is about an English nurse who marries an Indian doctor, and the cultural clashes they face as they try to make their home in India. This was a great read and I learned a lot about midwives in India.

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Jan 08, 2017

Excellent, could not put it down.

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