Image of Forbidden Jewel of India


Image of Forbidden Jewel of India

The world of the British Raj is the backdrop for Allen’s fairly predictable romance springing from a forbidden attraction. Utilizing a typical plot and adding some interesting aspects of Indian life and culture, this short and sweet tale will appeal to readers seeking a new locale for a traditional romance.

As the illegitimate daughter of an English nobleman and an Indian princess, Anusha Laurens is a young woman between two worlds. She is the ideal pawn in a political power play. Though unwilling to be forced into marriage, Anusha is just as determined not to leave her uncle’s palace for the father who abandoned her. Major Nicholas Herriard is unquestioningly loyal to Anusha’s father, and when he agrees to escort her to Calcutta he has no idea of what he will face on the journey. Their attraction is instantaneous. In Calcutta, Anusha is transformed into a British debutante, and she tempts Nick to lose control. When she is endangered, he vows to marry her and keep her safe. This marriage of convenience is destined to become much more. (HARLEQUIN, Jan., 220 pp., $6.25)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin