Set in the late 19th century, in the remote northern outreaches of the British Indian empire, Shalimar is an epic love story set amidst the lush Kashmir mountains and the intrigue of the Great Game. Emma Wyncliffe is a disaffected, 23- year-old British woman living with her family in Dehli. She is fiercely independent, willful, and intelligent. It is not until her younger brother, a soldier in the Northern forces, suffers heavy debts, that Emma is forced into a marriage to Damien Granville, a man with dangerous secrets who is rumored to be a spy. It is Emma's search for the truth, and Emma's search for love, that comprise the narrative of this grand novel set along India's fabled Silk Road -- the trade route between the West and China.
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With the expertise she demonstrated in Olivia and Jai and The Veil of Illusion, Ryman lyrically depicts the exotic atmosphere of late 19th-century India and Central Asia, the setting of her third historical novel. The stormy romance between indomitable Emma Wyncliffe and mysterious Damien Granville competes for center stage with the famous Great Game, the colonial intrigues played out between England and Russia for control of the valuable Silk Road, the trade route between the West and China. The pseudonymous Ryman, who grew up in India and still lives there, depicts her homeland with loving care, from the sophisticated conurbation of Delhi to the ancient city of Srinagar and the beautiful landscapes of Kashmir and the Himalayas. She packs a wealth of historical information into a suspenseful story that ties Emma's recently deceased father, an explorer, to an intricate plot involving a secret pass through the Himalayas. Forced to marry Damien to settle her brothers' gambling debts and save her family home, Emma finds herself drawn to her enigmatic husband, whose frequent disappearances allow her to delve clandestinely into his past and unearth the truth about his Russian-born mother. Meanwhile, Colonel Mikhail Borokov of the Russian Imperial Army searches obsessively for the mysterious Yasmina Pass. British military intelligence concocts an outrageous plot to get information on the Yasmina, while Damien pursues a private agenda involving Emma, the Yasmina and his own family secrets. Both her novel's sweep and the tone of her prose are pleasantly Victorian, as Ryman skillfully assembles the disparate elements of her plot and of the subcontinent's landscape. In addition to the well-made story, readers will enjoy spectacularly vivid depictions of India and of such locations in Central Asia as Tibet, present-day Afghanistan and Xinjiang/Sinkiang, during the pivotal late-colonial era. (Aug.) FYI: Rights to Shalimar have been sold in Germany, where Ryman's novels are bestsellers.
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In the late 19th century, Russia, Britain, and China fought for control of routes through the Himalayas. Ryman (Olivia & Jai) bases her story on the military and political intrigue surrounding the search for the fabled Yasmina Pass. Plain and scholarly Emma Wyncliffe devotes herself to editing the papers of her explorer father, who died on a Himalayan expedition. Scorning the flirtations that preoccupy Delhi's British residents, she unwillingly accepts Damien Grenville's offer of marriage in order to avert a scandal threatening her brother's military career. At Shalimar, Damien's estate in Kashmir, she uncovers secrets from his past that link him to Russia and suggest that he married her solely to gain access to her father's papers. Subplots involving personal and national quests for information, wealth, and power require readers to remain alert, but firmly at the center is Emma and Damien's complex and evolving relationship. Fans of historical romance will delight in this well-written evocation of a fascinating locale in a tumultuous time.AKathy Piehl, Minnesota State Univ., Mankato
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