Kashmir Shawl was my Third Tuesday Book Club Selection for the month of May. I had never heard of Rosie Thomas, and probably would have not read a “romance” on my own, but it was “assigned.”
I soon came to realize that as one member said, “Oh, it is so much more than a romance.” And oh my, it is!
The author, a wonderful gifted writer swept you away to India to the extent that I felt I had been there in that time during the Second World War. The descriptions and characterizations were exceptional, and the theme of the shawl was very vivid as the modern day girl searched out how her grandmother had come to own such an exquisite item, and unfolded the grandmother’s “secret story.” I could feel the texture and see the colors of the shawl as I was seeing India and its former beauty.
As far as the romance, what woman wouldn’t be swept away as well by the Magician-hero with his tawny mane and his “leonine appearance?”
All in all it was a good read, perfect for summer and get-away-from-everything reading.