The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas is intrigue and history tangled to present a very interesting read.
From the publisher: "It is 1941 and World War II has engulfed the globe. Newlywed Nerys Watkins
leaves rural Wales for the first time in her life, to accompany her husband on a
missionary posting to India. When her husband leaves her in the exotic lakeside
city of Srinagar to take on a more dangerous mission, Nerys discovers a new
world. Here, in the heart of romantic Kashmir, the colonists dance, flirt, and
gossip as if there is no war. Nerys becomes caught up in a dangerous liaison,
and by the time she is reunited with her husband, she is a different
woman. Years later, when Mair Ellis clears out her dead father's house,
she finds an exquisite shawl. Wrapped in its folds is a lock of child's hair.
Tracing her grandparents' roots back to Kashmir, Mair embarks on a quest that
will change her life forever . . . ."
The clash of two cultures and the liberating role of women during war time adds to the fascination of this mystery. Bringing the present day generation into the mix encourages the readers to pursue the next development in the story.
Posted for reader Mary S.