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Cochin Fall (The Colonials) Kindle Edition
From award-winning author, Liz Harris, comes a captivating story of love and betrayal set in Cochin, South India, in the days of the British Raj.
British Cochin, 1934
Returning to her home among the palm trees that line the coast of Cochin, South India, after six years at school in England, Clara Saunders is thrilled to learn that the future mapped out for her by her trader father is the one she would have chosen herself.
It’s a future that will unite her with her childhood sweetheart, George Goddard, the son of a neighbouring trader. It will also cement her friendship with George’s vivacious sister, Lizzie, and bring even closer together the two successful trading companies.
Trader Lewis Mackenzie, an employee of Clara’s father, is both ruthless and ambitious. Keen on seeing an expansion of Saunders & Co, and frustrated by the complacency shown by Henry Saunders, he determines to take matters into his own hands.
One simple misunderstanding gives rise to further misunderstandings, and in the face of potential disaster, the happiness of several people hangs in the balance.
Cochin Fall, an unforgettably powerful story of love and betrayal, is perfect for readers of Santa Montefiore, Ann Bennet, Dinah Jefferies, Kristin Hannah, Fiona Valpy and Rosie Thomas.
What readers are saying about Darjeeling Inheritance by Liz Harris, the first standalone novel in The Colonials.
Liz Harris has successfully transported me to 1930s India in her five-star novel set on a tea plantation in Darjeeling! I’ve read books set in colonial India before, but Harris has a superb gift in making life during the British Raj come to life…This is a fabulous novel that needs to top your list. (Goodreads review)
Darjeeling Inheritance is an entertaining, well-written historical romance, well-rooted in its geographic setting… Recommended for readers who want a well-constructed story set outside Europe or North America. Helen Hollick (Amazon Vine Voice)
An enjoyable read, full of romance, and with enough treachery and intrigue to keep interest throughout. (Historical Novel Society Review)
The dialogue captures the essence of the characters and the vivid description of the landscape foreshadows dangers lurking in the lush landscape. The depth of the story rises above most romances because it pulls no punches. Linnia Tanner (Goodreads review)
It is essentially a love story, but with secrets and betrayals, set in the Darjeeling area of India. The time period of the 1930s is vividly recreated by the author, along with rich descriptions of the tea estates for which the area is famous. T.F. White (Amazon review)
I absolutely loved it and whole heartedly recommend it. Sara (Amazon review)
About the Author
- ASIN : B09KY2TZ4Y
- Publisher : Heywood Press (February 1, 2022)
- Publication date : February 1, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 837 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 374 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1913687120
- Best Sellers Rank: #360,648 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Everything that happens is well sign-posted in advance. Everything is very obvious. Good looking young bucks, and conniving lower-class employees compete with solid but dependable gentleman for the hand of young Clara, back from school in England and ready to be married off for the most commercial advantage.
There are tons of these books set in the Himalaya and I had to keep reminding myself that this one was set in Kerala. Unfortunately, the lack of depth or insight about Kerala suggested that the setting was probably derived from a half-hour travel documentary. It's all Chinese fishing nets and rice barges. Local people are barely there in this story unless you want a tireless brown fellow with a string tied to his toe to pull the punka are a liveried footman to serve a Gimlet.
Clara Saunders returns from school in England, a young woman, very beautiful and intelligent, aged circa eighteen, full of excitement to be back in India with her successful trader family, hoping now to become engaged to George Goddard, her childhood sweetheart. He is from another spice trading family, The Goddards, thus uniting the two families as Clara will ,in time ,inherit her family’s business. Clara is befriended by Lizzie, George’s sister, also returned from school in England. This is an era when the daughters of the Raj were chaperoned and marriages were arranged by families, as, indeed poor Lizzie’s is to be and to a man whom she has never met.
Lizzie falls for ambitious , handsome but edgy Lewis very early in the novel and she tries to manipulate Clara into arranging meetings between herself and the object of her desire. Unfortunately for her Lewis has other somewhat devious plans. Lewis works for Saunders and Company, for Clara’s family. No spoilers but it’s obvious early on he is not the charming man Lizzie thinks he is.
This is one of the best plotted intricate novels I have read this year so far. It is also a story full of gorgeous atmospheric descriptions of Cochin and it contains intriguing characterisation. The personalities vividly leap from its pages and I appreciated that they are characters who change as the narrative proceeds towards its surprising conclusion. Naturally, I loved Clara and felt empathy for Lizzie. Cochin Fall is an excellently researched novel that grips a reader from its first chapter until the delightfully satisfying ending with lots of jeopardy in between. I leave you with a teaser- ‘you say you love me, but does a man who truly loves a woman believe the worst of that woman without question. And does a man in love bring disgrace to not only the woman he loves , but to her family too?’
This, after all, is the Raj and the novel is true to its mores. Highly recommended.
Cochin Fall is an evocative reminder of what it feels like to be eighteen again and deeply, madly, passionately in love. Clara and her childhood friend, George, pledged to marry when they were only eleven and twelve years old, before they were sent to England to be schooled. When they finally meet again in Cochin seven years later, they discover their feelings for each other have only grown stronger. Their two families, both traders with successful businesses, are delighted that they will be united by the young couples’ marriage. Clara’s parents insist that they must wait for six months to ensure that they have time to get to know each other before they marry.
Clara’s friend, Lizzie, is George’s sister and her parents intend her to make an advantageous marriage to a man she hasn’t yet met. Lizzie, however, has different ideas and becomes infatuated by handsome, raffish Lewis Mackenzie, employed by Clara’s father. She knows such an alliance will not please her parents.
The author perfectly captured the restrictive social norms for young women at this time. Clara and Lizzie are bound together by their desperate scheming to escape their chaperones and spend time alone with the objects of their passion. Ultimately, this has dramatic repercussions not only for the two girls but for their families, too.
Cochin Fall is an enjoyable love story is with a surprising twist at the end, set against a fascinating and exotic historical setting.
The book is the perfect antidote to celebrity culture and its raucous peroxide blondes with black eyebrows.