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The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen – Book Review

Synopsis:

“The Secret of Pembrooke Park”, a finalist for a 2015 Minnesota Book Award, is the story of Abigail Foster, who shifts to an old manor only to find later that the manor is full of mysteries.

Abigail Foster is the elder daughter of Foster family and is always ready to walk an extra mile and accept challenges to keep her family happy. Her father’s bad investment compels them to look for downsizing their home with a smaller one in the country. Abigail considers herself responsible for the crisis that engulfed their family because she had advised her father to make the investment. Due to the misfortune, they lost everything including their house in London and place in the society. The task of shifting to a country house is not so easy as it seemed because it became difficult for them to find a property that could suffice their requirement. What added more to their misery was the prices of the new properties that were not affordable for them.

Gora by Rabindranath Tagore – Book Review

Synopsis:

Gora, the protagonist, is a very staunch follower of Hinduism and has very high regards for his religion. He is not only a strong advocate of his religion but practices Hinduism thorough strict austerity and conviction. He is a very good orator and the leadership qualities are imbibed in him naturally. At heart, he is very optimist who dreams about ideal Bharatvarsha, a prosperous and happy India that can only be achieved when all castes and classes are united under the large umbrella of Hinduism. Gora is highly patriotic and sympathetic by nature who can not stand injustice and inhuman treatment done by the upper society towards the poor and downtrodden. The impelling attitude of Gora makes him seem like a violent and arrogant person.

The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark – Book Review

Synopsis:

Set against the backdrop of a country which is going through a political, social restructure and is trying to recover from the pain and anguish of partition and war, The Sandalwood Tree is a tale of two love stories that are ninety years apart.

1947, the year when India became independent and got freedom from British rule, is witnessing several social and political changes. It is the year of Britain’s withdrawal from the country after 200 years. While the political parties of Independent India are taking control, the country is also rife with violence and is going through a time of civil unrest.

Datta by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay – Book Review

Synopsis:

Datta is one of the most popular novels by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay. It is a romantic novel set in Victorian Bengal with a backdrop of Bengali society fragmented into Hindu and Brahmo (Brahma Samaj). The main story revolves around the relationship between an affluent Brahmo woman and a brilliant but indigent young Hindu.

Datta means a girl whose marriage has been committed with a particular boy by her parents / guardians to that boy’s parents / guardians. In short, Datta (literally meaning ‘given’) stands for betrothed (female).

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier – Book Review

Synopsis:

Featured among one of the top 10 Fictions of the Millennium(1901 – 2000), Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier is one my most favourite novels. It tells the story of a young, unnamed protagonist who works as a companion with a rich American lady and comes to Monte Carlo with her, where she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome, older gentleman. She marries Maxim de Winter and comes to ‘Manderley’ as the second Mrs. De Winter with him.

It is well known that Maxim’s widely adored wife Rebecca, had recently drowned at sea and he loved his wife very much and after her death, is shattered completely. The protagonist, due to the circumstances in her life, lacks self-confidence and after coming to Manderley after her marriage, finds it very difficult to cope with the new life style and the expectations that the people have from Mrs. De Winter. She also faces a painful struggle against the aura of Rebecca, Maxim’s first wife, that still prevails at each and every corner of the house and the country. Maxim’s new wife is constantly compared to Rebecca, who was loved and admired by all.