From the author of To Capture What We Cannot Keep, Beatrice Colin's new work is a novel set on a remote Scottish estate, about the heiress and the mysterious woman from India who shows up on her doorstep.
Balmarra itself is another character in the story, filled with family treasures and portraits, with a spectacular glass house on the grounds containing rare plant specimens from all over the world. Offer this to fans of historical fiction, women’s stories, and Scotland.
Colin’s lovely storytelling conveys the stark reality of women’s lives in the post-Victorian era. While vastly different in personality and temperament, Antonia and Cicely are similarly pigeonholed into roles not of their choosing, but the result of decisions made by the men in their lives. For fans of historical and women’s fiction.
... alluring ... Colin’s lyrical depictions of early-20th-century India and Scotland provide an immersive view of the characters’ experiences, particularly in Cicely’s view of damp, dank Glasgow after arriving from India, and family secrets add to the intrigue over the inheritance of Balmarra. Colin’s final work is a fine achievement.