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Summary

In this evocative tale of life in India between the wars, friendships will be tested and loyalties torn. But can love win the day?

In Scotland in the aftermath of the First World War, nurse Esmie McBride meets handsome Captain Tom Lomax at her best friend Lydia’s home. Esmie is at first concerned for Tom’s shell shock, then captivated by his charm, but it’s effervescent Lydia he marries, and the pair begin a new adventure together in India. 

When marriage to Tom’s doctor friend Harold offers Esmie the chance to work in India, the two sets of newlyweds find themselves living wildly different lives on the subcontinent. Esmie, heartbroken but resolved, is nursing at a mission hospital on the North West Frontier. Lydia, meanwhile, is the glamorous mistress of the Raj Hotel, where Tom hopes his sociable new wife will dazzle international guests. 

As Esmie struggles with her true feelings for Tom and the daily dangers of her work, Lydia realises the Raj is not the centre of high society she had dreamed of. And when crisis strikes both couples, Esmie faces a shattering choice: should she stay the constant friend she’s always been, or risk everything and follow her heart?

©2019 Janet MacLeod Trotter (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Strange phrasing from the narrator

A lovely book capturing the period and setting. The narrator has a pleasant voice BUT has a very bizarre habit of using strange phrasing, false hesitation and emphasis at the end of a perfectly ordinary sentence. - presumably to create atmosphere and pace. It is most irritating.

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I've heard good reviews about the story, however, I had to stop listening after the first chapter because the reader was so annoying.

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narrator spoils story

Good story. Unfortunately the narrator lets it down. If there are different characters in a book there should be different voices.

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  • Linda E. Wilson
  • 30-09-20

I loved this book!

If you like romance novels that take you to faraway places, you’ll love this one, the story and narration are superb.

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  • JoJo46
  • 05-07-20

A beautiful love story

I have not listened to any books about India or by this reviewer. The story was beautifully written and the performance was outstanding.

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  • Jan Smith
  • 25-05-20

easy read

narration was great. nice easy read. I really enjoyed the flow of the story. would highly recommend.

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  • Katrice Collins
  • 25-01-20

WOW!!!!!👍😃 The Emerald Affair!

Bravo 👏👏outstanding fantastic writing characters outstanding performance 👍😊 the drama OMG 😲 I didn't think I was going to like this book but damn!!! WOW!! 😊😀 I love 💘this story it's got everything in it drama, mystery, funny I recommend this book to everyone that love to read or listen too a wonderful story Janet Macleod Trotter you are a good story teller this is my first book of yours that I read it popped up on my kindle to read I'm so glad I bought the
Book Narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden WOW!! You get five 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 well done thank you Audible next please!

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  • 19-11-21

Cliche upon cliche upon cliche

I don’t think Trotter missed a single cliche in terms of plot, characters or language. No insight into the cultures of the region, not even the British raj at that time.

Elizabeth Knowelden’s reading was fair at best. She never quite seemed to find a way to distinguish some of the characters by voice. Her accents were pretty bad.

I’m not sure what I spent (too much), but I wish I hadn’t.

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  • Jane
  • 27-06-21

If you like predictable romance...

with no vulgarity, here you go. I don't mind the narrator's voices for the most part, but the lead guy sounded like he he had been smoking some really good weed. I had to up the speed to 1.25 to tolerate it. Gave up part way through and just istened to the end where, sure enough, everything worked out exactly as one could have predicted after the first chapter.

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  • Evelyn Schumacher
  • 15-05-21

Outstanding

This is a historical page turner. i could visualize every scene and character. Highly recommend!

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  • courtney
  • 05-05-21

Great Narrator!

I think the narrator really makes this book! The story is great too! Cant wait to listen to the second book!

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  • Janet Parker
  • 27-02-21

Another great Story

I loved this story and the narrator. Every book I have read by hhis author so far has been a heart warming joy. I can not express how happy all these stories have made me. I am looking forward to the next beautiful love story

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  • Katharine
  • 26-02-21

Beautifully Read

Elizabeth Knowelden takes an otherwise standard romance and turns it into something much better. This is a difficult review in that all the secondary characters are flashes of sharply drawn, complex individuals while the four main characters seem out central casting. The story is fine for a romance but considering its length I was hoping for more originality. If you are looking for something that won’t challenge you, brilliantly read this will be great.