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"Mysterious, intriguing, and just downright absorbing ... smart and full of atmosphere."—Boston Globe
Catherine MacDonald is astonished to receive from her twin brother—who had apparently drowned a year earlier in the monsoon floods of 1821—a kashmiri shawl, a caddy of unusual tea, and a sheaf of traditional bagpipe music in his handwriting. When had he sent it? And why had he retitled a certain tune "Not Yet Drown'd"? Irresistibly, she is drawn to India to search for answers. With her stepdaughter and their two ...

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Overview

"Mysterious, intriguing, and just downright absorbing ... smart and full of atmosphere."—Boston Globe
Catherine MacDonald is astonished to receive from her twin brother—who had apparently drowned a year earlier in the monsoon floods of 1821—a kashmiri shawl, a caddy of unusual tea, and a sheaf of traditional bagpipe music in his handwriting. When had he sent it? And why had he retitled a certain tune "Not Yet Drown'd"? Irresistibly, she is drawn to India to search for answers. With her stepdaughter and their two maids—one an enigmatic Hindu, the other a runaway American slave—she follows an obscure trail of tea, opium, and bagpipe music, discovering unsuspected truths about the man she is seeking. Reading group guide included.

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Kingman's lyric, romantic first novel is set against the exotic backdrop of pre-Victorian Scotland, Flanders, South Africa, and India. Young Catherine MacDonald is grieving the death not only of her husband but also of her twin brother, Sandy. Then she receives a mysterious package from her twin, reportedly drowned in India's monsoon floods of 1821, that happens to include sheet music for a song retitled "Not Yet Drown'd" and decides to sail out to India to discover the meaning of this final message. Catherine travels with two servants, a Hindu widow and a runaway American slave, and her young, mute stepdaughter. Sandy's clues lead them through trails of opium traders, tea traders, botanists, inventors, and musicians. This is a mystery as much as a love story-or rather several love stories; Kingman explores the interracial and interreligious relationships of her four strong women characters and those around them. Kingman's exacting historical knowledge of the era comes through in her use of actual people and events, from the visit of King George IV to Edinburgh in 1822 to the Chinese tea monopoly of the East India Trading Company. Kingman lives in northern California, where she plays bagpipes and raises and grows tea. Highly recommended for all public library collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ5/1/07.]
—Mary Margaret Benson

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  • ISBN-13: 9780393333558
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Peg Kingman is the author of Not Yet Drown’d and Original Sins. Formerly a tea merchant and a technical writer, she lives in northern California.

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  • Posted February 18, 2010

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    historical fiction of Scotland and the East Indies

    This story may not compel you to read it, but if you take the time to relax with it you'll find it much like a cup of good tea -- a quiet but satisfying pleasure. I enjoyed this book. Peg Kingman is an author to keep an eye on.

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