Alice, the protagonist, is spirited and gutsy at a time when it wasn’t easy for women to be either of those things. The novel follows her from a childhood cloaked with secrets in a bleak and remote Northumberland lighthouse, to a new life amid violent political unrest in colonial India and Afghanistan. And why does she go? Well, in search of freedom and adventure, the chance to really live—and to somehow get over the man she loved and lost. She once saved John Sinclair’s life on the treacherous rocks near her childhood home, and he’s been in her heart since then.
But moving away from home ends up bringing them nearer to each other. This is a love story with plenty of hurdles along the way—not least of which is that when the couple finally meet again, Alice is a very different woman from the spirited girl John once knew. In the Far Pashmina Mountains is such an absorbing story, and at the heart of it is Alice, whose drive and determination to find happiness will keep you hooked till the very end.
- Victoria Pepe, Editor