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MONSOON SUMMER
Bibliophile price: £3.00
Oxfordshire 1947. Kit Smallwood, hiding a painful secret, and exhausted from nursing soldiers during WWII, escapes to Wickam Farm where her friend is setting up a charity sending midwives to the Moonstone Home in South India. Kit meets Anto, an Indian doctor finishing his medical training at Oxford. Their attraction is immediate and all-consuming, but Kit's mother stands in their way. She is harbouring secrets of her own, and Anto is everything she does not want for her daughter. Deeply in love, Kit and Anto secretly marry and set off for south India, but Kit's life does not turn out as she imagined. Anto's family is no more accepting of her than her mother was of Anto. As a newly independent India is home to riots that leave millions dead, and a deep-rooted suspicion of the English begins to grow out of control, Kit and Anto will discover the limits and depths of their devotion. Based on true accounts of European midwives in India here is a powerful story of secrets, the nature of home, the comforts and frustrations of family and how far we go to be with those we love. 373pp in glamorous hardback.

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