Monday, 29 August 2016

Book Review: Monsoon Summer by Julia Gregson

Monsoon Summer 

Monsoon Summer by Julia Gregson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The story starts in post war England impoverished by rationing; the country was cold and miserable. So too were the characters, drab, colourless and unidentifiable. Kit lives in a friend’s boarding house with her mother, Glory. Kit and her mother have a distant relationship and the boarders all come across as a gloomy lot.
As the story moves to post Independence India the colour comes alive, the characters are more real, alive and have a substance about them. This was a clever contrast of the two countries at this time.

I loved the vivid details of India from the ravaged streets to the beautiful landscapes and monsoonal skies.

Monsoon Summer is a character driven story with well developed and sympathetic characters.
Gregson has written an intelligent and emotional story that is both heart breaking and uplifting. This is a story about love, family, culture, class, forgiveness and acceptance. About fighting for what you believe in but most of all fighting for those you love.

Gregson gives the reader a realistic look at relationships and shows us that “home” is a feeling, not a place or country, but a feeling of belonging.

I highly recommend this novel to all readers of Historical Fiction.

I would like to thank the publisher for my proof copy to read and review

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