Under the Jeweled Sky
Beautiful and brave and bittersweet--a moving story of how love in all its forms binds us together and endures, in spite of everything.--Susanna Kearsley, New York Times bestselling author of The Firebird and The Winter Sea
Breathtaking historical fiction by Alison McQueen that illuminates forbidden love and devastating consequences.
New Delhi, 1957. The moment Sophie steps onto India's burning soil, she realizes her return was inevitable. But this is not the India she fell in love with ten years before in a maharaja's palace. This is not the India that ripped her heart out as Partition tore the country in two. That India, a place of tigers, scorpions, and shimmering beauty, is long gone, and Sophie's new marriage only highlights the world she has lost.
Drawing on her own family's heritage, acclaimed novelist Alison McQueen beautifully portrays the heart of a woman who must confront the mistakes of her past in order to fight for her future.
In Under the Jeweled Sky, McQueen deftly explores the loss of innocence, the urgency of forbidden love, and how far we'll go to find our hearts.
Bursting with the evocative glow of long-forgotten India...lures you into a beautiful story of scandal, hope, and the kind of love that marks us forever.--Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of The Kitchen House
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"Under the Jeweled Sky is a truly breathtaking novel. Set in India at the moment of Partition and Independence, a decade unfolds in an amazing Indian Romeo & British Juliet tragic adventure, with evocative elements of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie. Stunning detail and language. " - Rebel Housewife
"This novel reminded me of a hot summer evening. Slow-moving, languid and sensual... Worth staying up all night to read? Yes. Beautiful, yet painfully, romantic." - The Insomniac Bibliophile
"Under the Jeweled Sky is much more than the romance novel...It is about India...Totally recommended to all those who are interested in historical fiction." - The Bookish Reviews
"As the book draws to its conclusion it throws up a considerable amount of unexpected twists, placing it above most books in this genre and a word of warning - you will find yourself grabbing a box of tissues at more than one point." - Our Book Club
"Beautiful and brave and bittersweet -- a moving story of how love in all its forms binds us together and endures, in spite of everything." - Susanna Kearsley, New York Times bestselling author of The Firebird and The Winter Sea
"McQueen has a fine sense of place and character... A richly imagined story of love, politics and fate." - Kirkus
"Beautifully written, evocative of a forgotten age. Readers will be transported through time and space." - Cayocosta72
"An emotional coming-of-age journey...McQueen expertly captures the innocence and passion of young love-and how it can so quickly turn into something tragic when politics and the realities of adulthood get in the way. This historical page-turner deals out hope and heartbreak in turn, hurtling the reader toward its devastating denouement. " - Publishers Weekly
"Beautifully written and the setting of India was brilliantly captured. " - Samantha Everett (Librarian
"Rich with history and a candid view of the racism, discrimination, and sexism of the day, McQueen's historical novel provides more than a compelling story set in an exotic locale. Part mystery, part romance, it defines love's bond through time." - Booklist
"The writing was absolutely stunning, the characters were wonderfully balanced." - Literate Ceillie
"A beautiful, but sad story. I didn't want it to end." - Rott-I-Tude
"A captivating romance, Under the Jeweled Sky is a novel I highly recommend. It is an intoxicating story, beautifully written, and hauntingly romantic." - Ashley LaMar, Closed the Cover
"This book has it all: the lush, tropical landscape of an Indian palace, forbidden and intense first love, dramatic heartbreaks and tragedy and the joys of family, defining home and the strength of the human spirit." - Mom's Small Victories
"The central love story between Sophie and Jag is captivating and the overall story that McQueen has written is breathtaking and absorbing...If you like historical fiction with a love story woven through them, then Under the Jeweled Sky is for you! " - Book-alicious Mama
"Take a trip to a mysterious and exotic India in this story, and let Sophie become one of these heroines that stay with you for much longer than after you turn the last page of this book." - Zee Momodee
"This novel was beautifully crafted...Overall, I love this book to pieces. " - Lust and Coffee
"I can't even remember when a book last made me cry, maybe it happens once a year. It's a good thing, this book truly made me feel. " - Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
"Alison McQueen captures India in great detail but doesn't gloss over the racism and violence that occurred during partition transition... Warning, you might need some tissues for the end.
" - From Left to Write
"There is nothing like an unconventional love affair between two young, innocent lovers belonging to the opposite ends of the social spectrum, to render the magnitude of social and political conflicts typical of every era of transformation. A heart-shattering and unforgettable read.
" - Mina's Bookshelf