I'm off to Atlanta today for my younger sisters college graduation. For a nine hour plane ride there are a few things that are a must have for me: lots of snacks (Cheetos preferably), Tylenol PM (so that I'm sedated enough to not be nervous) and books to keep me company during the few hours that I am actually awake. I'm only taking two books for this flight since I hope to sleep through most of it.
The Tailor's Daughter by Janice Graham
Growing up in Victorian England, where her father owns a tailoring shop on fashionable Savile Row, Veda Grenfell and her family have always assumed she would one day make a suitable match. But when a fever leaves her deaf at the age of sixteen, Veda resolves to prove her worth in a realm that is usually off limits to respectable women. Dressing in gentlemen’s clothes, Veda reinvents herself as a tailor to London’s smart young set. Her beauty and spirit attract unexpected suitors, including a young viscount---but when passion turns to betrayal, Veda embarks on a treacherous journey that will lead her into a world of deception and murder.
So far I am finding this story interesting. The historical accuracy seems to be dead on, and though told in first person from Veda's POV, all of the characters are stunningly portrayed. But there are some sections that drag a little, and from time to time a sentence will strike me as something coming straight out of a medical book, not from Veda's thoughts and musings. It is jarring but most of the story flows naturally so I can overlook that. I hope to finish it on the flight.
The Temple Dancer by John Speed
When Maya, a graceful, young temple dancer with a mysterious past, is sold into slavery, she enters a world of intrigue, violence, and forbidden love. Bought by a Portuguese trader and sold as a concubine to the dissolute vizier of Bijapur, she embarks on a treacherous journey.
In a caravan led by the dangerous settlement man Da Gama, she travels by elephant on the hostile road to Bijapur, joined by Geraldo, a Portuguese adventurer, and Pathan, a handsome prince who carries a dark secret. Together with Lucinda, a beautiful, spoiled young Goan heiress, and the manipulative eunuch Slipper, they climb the windswept mountain road through the Western Ghats.
When their caravan is attacked by bandits, the travelers’ lives are turned upside down. In the aftermath, Maya and Lucinda suddenly find themselves stranded in a strange, exotic world, a world filled with passion, romance, and deception, pure love and lurking evil, where nothing is as it seems and the two women are faced with great temptation as well as heart-wrenching decisions that will affect the rest of their lives.
I've only read the first few pages of The Temple Dancer, so I don't have much to comment on here other than I'm looking forward to reading a story set in this time period and setting.
I'll be back next week with reviews. And I'm off!