On Sale: April 5, 2011
Featuring: Martin Mitchell
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From incredible storyteller and nationally bestselling
author Elle Newmark comes a rich, sweeping novel that brings
to life two love stories, ninety years apart, set against
the backdrop of war-torn India.
In 1947, an American anthropologist named Martin Mitchell
wins a Fulbright Fellowship to study in India. He travels
there with his wife, Evie, and his son, determined to start
a new chapter in their lives. Upon the family’s arrival,
though, they are forced to stay in a small village due to
violence surrounding Britain’s imminent departure from
India. It is there, hidden behind a brick wall in their
colonial bungalow, that Evie discovers a packet of old
letters that tell a strange and compelling story of love and
war involving two young Englishwomen who lived in the very
same house in 1857.
Drawn to their story, Evie embarks on a mission to uncover
what the letters didn’t explain. Her search leads her
through the bazaars and temples of India as well as the
dying society of the British Raj. Along the way, a dark
secret is exposed, and this new and disturbing knowledge
creates a wedge between Evie and her husband. Bursting with
lavish detail and vivid imagery of Bombay and beyond, The
Sandalwood Tree is a powerful story about betrayal,
forgiveness, fate, and love.
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