The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas
The language Rosie Thomas uses to tell us this story is beautifully written. Her description of India makes you feel as if you are walking the same roads as Mair and Nerys. These 2 main characters are well developed and you can connect easily with them. I had a problem staying interested in the plot though. It is one of those plots that makes you ask yourself several times "ok, what is the point of this story, where is this going?" Some may think it is dull if you are not into a lot of description and internal conflict of the main character(s).
I realized I had to finish this book to see what happens at the end when we discover Nerys has an affair while separated from her husband. Her husband is not affectionate at all and Nerys longs for an intimacy with her husband that she knows will never come. Her love affair with Rainer and the adventure she goes through with him feels magical. This is unfortunately, in my opinion, the only highlight of the book. We don't discover until near the end where the shawl and hair come from. I was expecting a big climatic event, something that makes you gasp out loud in awe, or even something I would have never guessed. I was let down in the end by how the loose ends were tied up.
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