A romantic, heart-wrenching tale of love against the odds from the Number One Sunday Timesbestselling author
1930, Rajputana, India. Since her husband’s death, 28-year-old photojournalist Eliza’s only companion has been her camera. When the British Government send her to an Indian princely state to photograph the royal family, she’s determined to make a name for herself.
But when Eliza arrives at the palace she meets Jay, the Prince’s handsome, brooding brother. While Eliza awakens Jay to the poverty of his people, he awakens her to the injustices of British rule. Soon Jay and Eliza find they have more in common than they think. But their families – and society – think otherwise. Eventually they will have to make a choice between doing what’s expected, or following their hearts.
The tea planters wife remains one of my favourite books so it was with excitement and slight trepidation that I started to read Before the rains. Theres always the risk that ‘this’ book will not magic you away as the last did. I needn’t have worried, as Before the rains delivered!
For a week i was transported to India. Dinah has a rare skill of using such descriptive language that you can almost see, hear and feel the setting of the story. The characters story becomes your story.
Before the rains tells the story of Eliza who arrives in India comissioned to take photographs of the royal family in their daily lives. The castle has an air of mystery which Eliza is excited to uncover if somewhat apprehensive.
Jay is the handsome prince, reckless, gypsy like and not one to live by the rules.
When their worlds collide under the British rule it’s not an easy path of true love for either of them. They are up agaisnt the boundaries of Jay’s culture and expectations. For one, Eliza is a widow which is very much frowned upon, she is also British and does not come from a noble background.
There is much deceit within the castle which slowly unfolds, as does an amazing string of coincidences which can only mean that Eliza and Jay’s love stroy was meant to be, some may say their destiny.
The ending leaves you on a high but with a heavy heart that the story has come to an end.
I dare you to read this book and not be consumed by it!
Thank you to Netgalley, Dinah Jefferies, Viking and Penguin books uk for allowing me to review this book.