Shadowed in Silk

Shadowed in Silk

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by Christine Lindsay

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She was invisible to those who should have loved her.

After the Great War, Abby Fraser returns to India, where her husband is stationed with the British army. She has longed to go home to the land of glittering palaces and veiled women . . . but Nick has become a cruel stranger and a cruel father to their three-year old son. It will take more than her…  See more details below


She was invisible to those who should have loved her.

After the Great War, Abby Fraser returns to India, where her husband is stationed with the British army. She has longed to go home to the land of glittering palaces and veiled women . . . but Nick has become a cruel stranger and a cruel father to their three-year old son. It will take more than her American pluck to survive.

Major Geoff Richards, broken over the loss of so many of his men in the trenches of France, returns to his cavalry post in Amritsar. His faith does little to help him understand the ruthlessness of his British peers toward the Indian people he loves. Nor does it explain how he is to protect Abby Fraser and her child from the husband who mistreats them.

Amid political unrest, inhospitable deserts, and Russian spies, tensions rise in India as the people cry for the freedom espoused by Gandhi. Caught between their own ideals and duty, Geoff and Abby stumble into sinister secrets . . . secrets that will thrust them out of the shadows and straight into the fire of revolution.

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Shadowed in Silk 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Ruth_Axtell More than 1 year ago
Shadowed in Silk will keep you up long past your bedtime-each time you want to put it down, you tell yourself, just one more page, just one more page. Lindsay has written of two characters, Major Geoff Richards and Abby Fraser, who grab you from the beginning and don't let go until the last page. They are in an impossible situation which only gets more difficult, but the reader roots for them from the moment they meet on board a ship bound for India, he to take up his old post after surviving the horrors of World War I and she to return to her childhood home. You'll fall in love with Geoff-the strong, silent hero with a tragic past, who proves to be a wonderful surrogate father to Abby's young son, and a quiet protector to Abby when she is faced by more danger than she knows. And you'll feel for Abby, trying to do what's right when her life seems to have ended before it has a chance to begin and coming finally to that place of acknowledging that she can't do it on her own. There's a wonderful set of secondary characters, especially those Indian Christians who endure the loss of everything for their newfound faith. The Indian backdrop with its sights, smells and sounds and the increasing turmoil under the British raj only add to the allure of this story. For those who love The Far Pavilions and The Jewel in the Crown, with the addition of a strong Christian theme and a wonderful romance, this book is for you!
rquill More than 1 year ago
I love MM Kaye's The Far Pavilions, but there's only so many times I can reread it. So this was a great book to fill the void. It was an exciting adventure into 1918 India - lots of intrigue, action and romance. The characters, both western and Indian, are so real and so likeable. And there's a beautiful potrayal of Christian love. An all around great book.
Debbie_Lynne More than 1 year ago
Wow what a fabulous debut novel! Christine Lindsay wrote a compelling story that pulls you in from the first page. She's done a great job developing her characters, Abby and Geoff, and making you care for them. Another of the great things about this book is her eye for detail will bring you deep into India. There was not a moment when the momentum slowed. She takes you on a ride through history that keeps moving until the last page.
Danzingfool More than 1 year ago
Set in Ghandi's India, this is one truly amazing novel. It is full of all the exotic elegance you would expect from a book in this backdrop mixed in with some very real elements that will change the way you view God and the world. I give it my highest possible recommendation.
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
The beginning of “Shadowed in Silk” was really hard for me to read (well after the first 10 percent on my Kindle anyway). It wasn’t because the writing was bad or anything of that nature, but simply because Abby’s situation reminded me too much of my own family’s recent history. I had to take a few moments and step away to gather my emotions quite a few times. However the writing is really good and the description brings India to life! Despite how hard it was to read Abby’s story at times, I loved the political intrigue throughout the novel as well as the excellent description of India. It was very obvious that Christine did much research on this novel not only of the history of that time period, but also to engage the reader with the senses. There were quite a few violent scenes that portrayed the realism of after-war as well as the “relationship” between the Indians and English. Yet through all of it there is still a message of hope woven in. Christine didn’t shy away from sharing the Gospel with readers which I loved. Overall, this is a great debut that I would recommend! *(I received this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.)*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought that This was a great product/book! She made the story so interesting that it was hard not to just  puck it up and read it all the way through even though I had to as I had other author to read and review for..  This is why why I had to read some of her book(s)and then go to another one and take turns by rotating from one book  to another till I am close enough to the end of a book that I know that I can just sit down and finish reading a p particular book,see? This is why I felt that she had earned the five stars. I was given this book free to read and then to give an honest review on the book that the author had given me free t do this. Thanks so very much. Christine! I recommend this book who likes a clean,wholesome,Christian,mystery,  and romantic book. By Angela L.
SandiRog More than 1 year ago
I never thought I'd enjoy a book set in India, but Christine Lindsay knew how to pull me into Abby's story. I felt so much for her and for Geoff, the strong hero. All I know is, Lindsay took me for an exciting ride through India, with all its sights, sounds and smells, and when I thought I knew who the bad guy was, she surprised me with a brilliant twist. The characters were real for this era, which is one thing I love about how Christine writes: she’s honest. Honest about her characters and about their struggles, yet everything is handled with taste and finesse. Very well done. I wanted so desperately for Abby and Geoff to get together in the end, and all I can say is, I left feeling perfectly satisfied! Thank you for such a wonderful story Christine Lindsay!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Joy H. for Readers Favorite Abby Fraser eagerly awaits this special meeting with her husband. She and her husband Nick only spent a few days together before Nike was called away on military duty four years ago. And Nick will finally have a chance to meet his three-year-old son, Cam. You would think that a husband would be looking forward to meeting his wife, especially since it had been four years since seeing her. But Nick missed meeting his wife and son, not once but twice. Something that really bugged Major Geoff Richards. What would be more important than meeting his family for the first time in four long years? Christine Lindsay writes an intriguing and exciting story in “Shadowed in Silk” set in India after World War I. It is so well-written that it will keep you turning the pages. The main characters Geoff, Abby and Cam are unique and wonderful, and throughout the book I was trying to figure out how they would end up together. After all, Abby is a married woman. And Abby’s husband Nick seems to want it to stay that way. Nick was such a jerk, and really put his wife and son in compromising situations, though he really didn’t care about them at all. I kept wanting Nick to finally meet someone who would put him in his place! On the other hand, Geoff was concerned for Abby and Cam’s safety and tried to protect them. Sometimes this book was very difficult to read, with the tension and fighting among the people of India. At times I couldn’t put the book down, because I was determined to find out what was going to happen next. I was scared for Abby and Geoff many times as so much was happening. All these make this an awesome book to read. I encourage you to grab a copy of this book to read and enjoy for yourself. I think you will find it interesting and intriguing. It is a book that will stay with you long after you finish its pages.
LJWilliams More than 1 year ago
When Abby Frasier brings her young son, Cam, to Bombay, India, after years of being separated from her military husband, she is surprised and hurt to find things not as she expected. Major Geoff Richards befriended Cam on the voyage and Abby couldn¿t help but notice his scars, both external and internal. But she knows a married woman¿unhappy or not¿should be wary of getting to close to a man other than her husband¿ what is God¿s ultimate plan for Abby, and for Geoff? Christine Lindsay¿s well-written debut novel is full of rich culture and poignant emotions. Her characters are real and true to themselves, and their journey is thought-provoking. This is a fast-paced read and I recommend it!
Wyn More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. I loved to read Kim by Rudyard Kipling and this was reminiscent of that story only later in time. The story takes place in India right after WW1. Abby arrives in India on one of the troop ships with her 4 year old son to live with her husband. They were married at the beginning of the war and he was immediately posted to India. The story is about a young girl learning that the man she is married to isn't really the man she thought he was. She also finds that the India she has returned to is different from the one of her youth and the British women are very cut off from and scorn those around them. The book covers the time of the riots in Amritsar and the beginning of Ghandhi's peace revolution. Inadvertently Abby becomes involved with the political mechanisms of the Russian spy, Indian, and British military government in Amritsar all the while being torn apart by her husband's inattention and falling for Major Richards who is Christian and would never allow himself to become involved with a married woman. There was lots of tension and mystery in this fast moving story that held my attention throughout. Special thanks to Christine Lindsay for sending me a review copy. I was not obligated in any way to give a good review, these thoughts are my own opinion.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This is a story you never want to least when everyone is fine! What an excellent movie it would make! Major Geoff Richards and Abby Fraser are thrown together early in this book...when Abby's husband Nick fails to meet her and his Son, when they arrive in India. Cam has never met his father, in his short 4 years, and is now delighting in the companionship of Maj Richards. When they finally arrive at their new home, Abby finds out that Nick has been on Holiday and couldn't take the time to come for them. You begin to wonder what Abby every saw in the Savvy Nick? He also seems to have his Mistress Tikah living with them in their home. The Lord has put Miriam and Eshana in what looks like a bleak life for Abby in India. Loved how God is working in all of their lives. Be ready for a great page turning adventure in India, you probably won't get much sleep until you have finished this amazing story of God's Grace and Love. I was furnished with a copy of this book by the Author Christine Lindsay, and was not required to give a positive review.
cherryblossommj More than 1 year ago
You know what I love? I love that her author photo matches the book cover. That just makes me smile. That is a color that both my mother and I enjoy as well. Maybe I should go put mine on to write this review. I've been having a hard time reading this book as fast as I want to as my daughters are demanding attention elsewhere, but I am constantly drawn back as I want to experience what is to happen next. Right now my only qualm is that I wish I had gotten the ebook instead of the hardcopy, because it is from a small publisher, which in this case means a heavier weight paper, and sharper corners which makes it harder to hold (especially as you read hours into the night with your eyes and hands becoming sleepy.). But for the story, and the enchantment it holds, these are solid. Our main protagonist is so real to the world. She is a sinner plain and simple, but trying to be a good woman with all of the frustrations that life throws at her. She just wants to survive and be loved. One thing after another, realizing this could happen to anyone makes the reader latch onto her story and want her to have the best. Then Geoff, sigh Geoff. What can I say about him? A great protagonist and an all around hero! He is a great character and I love going between Abby's story and his as they intertwine. The mystery and intrigue is strong and the romance that might be forsaken is palpable. Each chapter makes me wish I could read faster to see what happens next, yet read slower to let it all soak in. Christine is a new-to-me author, and she made the keeper shelf. I'll definitely look for her books in the future. I'm impressed with my first introduction to WhiteFire Publishing, and will look there for more as well. I was taken to a world that I have not ventured in the Christian Historical Fiction realm and I was delighted and entertained. ***Special thanks to Christine Lindsay for sending me a review copy.***
TeamWork More than 1 year ago
Christine Lindsay's debut novel is a powerful, emotionally-involving story which reveals her place as an up-and-coming author to watch. My attention was riveted by this poignant, beautifully-written novel which brings to the forefront the themes of love, loyalty, longing, hate, prejudice, and how God is sovereign in the midst of tragedy and triumph. It is a book steeped in rich culture, history, textured characters and multiple layering of the plot which the author peels away with exquisite skill. Ms. Lindsay gives us a strong, haunted but loyal and stalwart hero in Geoff, and my heart broke for the kind-hearted heroine, Abby, even as I glimpsed her strong inner strength. I literally cheered out loud when she began to assert her will and stand up against those who sought to hurt her and her son. You will laugh, you will cry, you will smile and you will ultimately be deeply touched by these characters and their story. It's a heartfelt story I won't forget, and I'm giving it my highest recommendation.
jt4novels More than 1 year ago
Shadowed in Silk is a touching story that brings forth the realities of abuse, racial and social injustice, while weaving a tale of forbidden love that shows God's forgiving grace and healing power. It has a unique setting in the country of India where culture and class systems are very different. I enjoyed learning about these differences in a time shortly after the turn of the century as the intriguing story unfolded. The author handles the situation of a Christian man falling in love with a married woman without violating any biblical principles. It shows how one may have feelings for another, but can overcome the challenge of that temptation without giving in to sin. The realities are real and the characters do have their flaws. In fact, the heroine is abused by her husband and feels betrayed by the hero when he doesn't show her any outward interest. He has plenty of interest, but does his best not to mislead her or himself. As a result, the heroine makes a very foolish decision that puts herself and her young son in life-threatening danger. This is a fresh Christian fiction novel that is unique and I'm pleased to have endorsed it. This is Christine Lindsay's debut novel and I'm looking forward to reading many more from her.
Brave186 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book by Christine Lindsay! I love the time period, location and the detail of the characters. The story was definitely a page-turner for me. A nice escape read yet full of memorable scenes and characters. I would love to read something else by Lindsay... hope she has something else in the works!
SeasonsofHumility More than 1 year ago
As the cover design suggests, this is a bold and beautifully-detailed historical novel set in a time of turmoil during the British Raj in India. Shadowed in Silk is fast-paced with plenty of intense action to hold the reader's interest. Danger and uncertainties abound within these pages! Due to the setting, as well as the situation Abby finds herself in from the beginning, this is not a light read. It's sad and difficult to read about Abby's broken marriage and her failed attempts to fix it. This book shows how every decision has its consequences, and how things aren't always the way they appear on the surface. Yet there remains a sense of hope, as well as love, that somehow survives through all of the devastation and loss. It's a convoluted journey, but overall Shadowed in Silk is an intriguing and satisfying story! *With thanks to the author for providing me with an e-copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*
DonnaFletcherCrowDC More than 1 year ago
Christine Lindsay's SHADOWED IN SILK is a beautifully written book full of superb period detail to give the reader a you-are-there feeling; charcters you truly care about, including a Mother Theresa figure; and gripping events, many of them right from the pages of history. After World War I Abby returns with her small son to the India she grew up in hoping to rebuild her life with her husband, but little of the man she married is apparent in the cruel Nick Fraser. Major Geoff Richards is a good friend to young Cam, but the demons of his past and the dangers of the present demand that he keep his distance from Abby. The revolution and turmoil in the streets are echoed in the pain and tumult in Geoff and Abby's hearts right up to the very satisfying ending.
EStock More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this fantastic debut novel by Christine Lindsay. The author's research and love of the story's time era, as well as her love for India, is apparent and seamless in her talented way of sharing details of the time without boring the reader. In fact, the reader will be pleasantly transported back into a turbulent but exciting time in history and will have you cheering the good guys along. What more, it's a beautiful love story, not only between the protagonists but also that between God and His love for all of us--no matter what race or nationality we are. A truly inspiring story!
angelmom1165 More than 1 year ago
Shadowed in Silk was a wonderful surprise. I knew the book would be great because some of my writer friends had said it was. But there were things about it I didn't expect even reading the description. I was stuck in the usual and normal way of doing things, I suppose. It wasn't just a historical but one that took me to India, a place and time I had never read about. It gave me some wonderful insight into that time period. As someone with a heart to reach out to those of other nationalities this really spoke to me. I have been learning so much about different cultures. This helped further those lessons. I was never really interested in history when I was in school but now that I am a homeschool mom and writer history has taken on a whole new excitement. The characters were vibrant and alive throughout the story. Abby is such a caring and loving person. She doesn't hold prejudice's against others because of their skin color. She respects the cultural boundaries. Geoff is a strong man of good character. He is a great leader. They each understand the boundaries that are set because of who they are and the position in life they are in. While Abby doesn't quite understand the one true God Geoff has strayed away from Him. His relationship isn't the close one he used to have. As the story unfolds God does a mighty work in each of their lives. This is a book that shows us how to love people for who they not the color of their skin or where they live. Sadly it shows us our mistakes where our actions have caused others great pain on both sides of great wars and disputes. But that is our fallen world. It isn't the world God wanted for us. It is a great book that I recommend anyone to read who loves a great historical. I can't wait to read her next book.