Augusta Travers has spent the last three years avoiding the stifling expectations of New York society and her family’s constant disappointment. As the nation’s most fearless–and reviled–columnist, Gussie travels the country with her Kodak camera and spins stories for women unable to leave hearth and home. But when her adventurous nature lands her in the middle of a scandal, an opportunity to leave America offers the perfect escape.
Arriving in India, she expects only a nice visit with childhood friends, siblings Catherine and Gabriel, and escapades that will further her career. Instead, she finds herself facing a plague epidemic, confusion over Gabriel’s sudden appeal, and the realization that what she wants from life is changing. But slowing down means facing all the hurts of her past that she’s long been trying to outrun. And that may be an undertaking too great even for her.
Just when I think I might not enjoy a book, I love when an author proves me wrong by writing an extremely engaging story. This was one of those books that I was concerned might not be interesting enough to hold me but did. It is unique in it’s setting and I loved Gussie and her determination not to be whatever one expects but her hearts desire to is to be loved by her family, yet she refused to conform to tradition.
I also loved the character of Uncle James. We all need an uncle like him.
Overall, an interesting read.
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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
Melissa, Thank you for sharing your excellent review!