The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark
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From incredible storyteller and nationally bestselling author Elle Newmark comes a rich, sweeping novel that brings to life two love stories, ninety years apart, set against the backdrop of war-torn India.

In 1947, an American anthropologist named Martin Mitchell wins a Fulbright Fellowship to study in India. He travels there with his wife, Evie, and his son, determined to start a new chapter in their lives. Upon the family’s arrival, though, they are forced to stay in a small village due to violence surrounding Britain’s imminent departure from India. It is there, hidden behind a brick wall in their colonial bungalow, that Evie discovers a packet of old letters that tell a strange and compelling story of love and war involving two young Englishwomen who lived in the very same house in 1857.

Drawn to their story, Evie embarks on a mission to uncover what the letters didn’t explain. Her search leads her through the bazaars and temples of India as well as the dying society of the British Raj. Along the way, a dark secret is exposed, and this new and disturbing knowledge creates a wedge between Evie and her husband. Bursting with lavish detail and vivid imagery of Bombay and beyond, The Sandalwood Tree is a powerful story about betrayal, forgiveness, fate, and love.

About Elle Newmark

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Elle Newmark is the acclaimed author of The Book of Unholy Mischief.  She lived and worked in the hills north of San Diego.
Published April 5, 2011 by Atria Books. 368 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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The Seattle Times

"The Sandalwood Tree" (Atria Books), by Elle Newmark: If you like your love stories sweeping and wrapped in history, "The Sandalwood Tree" by Elle Newmark has it all.

Apr 26 2011 | Read Full Review of The Sandalwood Tree: A Novel

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She finds a cache of letters between two women, written in the 1850s, and gets caught up in the story of two very close friends, Adela and Felicity – the letters leave Evie with some huge questions and she sets out to find out the answers.

Nov 28 2011 | Read Full Review of The Sandalwood Tree: A Novel

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