Kurinji Flowers

Kurinji Flowers

by Clare Flynn


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Kurinji Flowers by Clare Flynn

Marriage to a man she barely knows. Exile to a country she doesn't know at all

An emotional love story set in the last days of colonial India

After an abusive relationship with a predatory older man, debutante Ginny Dunbar is publicly disgraced when her artist lover exhibits a nude painting of her in a smart London gallery. All her mother's hopes for a society wedding are dashed until she lowers her sights and pushes Ginny into a hasty marriage with a tea planter from South India.

Colonial life doesn't sit well with Ginny. She finds the world of the expatriate community shallow and empty. Caught between fear of and fascination for India and its people, her world is shaken when she meets Jag Mistry, who opens her eyes and her heart. But just as she thinks she has found happiness, World War 2 intervenes.

A poignant story of love, loss, betrayal and redemption set against the dying days of colonial India.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780993332456
Publisher: Cranbrook Press
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Pages: 412
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

A former marketing director, Clare Flynn lives in west London. Kurinji Flowers is her second novel. Her first, A Greater World, is set in 1920s Australia.

She is a fluent Italian speaker and loves spending time in Italy. In her spare time she likes to quilt, splash about with watercolours and travel as often and as widely as possible.

More information on her fiction can be found at www.clareflynn.co.uk

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Kurinji Flowers 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely story of a very young English woman who comes to India to be with her husband. At first she dislikes everything about India and the people, both English and Indian but bit by bit India starts working her magic. Then the horror of WW II happens. Even though removed from the actual fighting the effects of the war shadow the lives of everyone in the vast country. The world will never be the same.
hubblegal More than 1 year ago
Heart-breaking, moving story of a woman who is exploited by a much older man starting when she was a child and lasting for years. Society turns against her and she is pressured to make a hasty decision. As she leaves England for a very different life in India, will she find love and happiness? Or will the damage to her self-image prevent her from recovery? I’ve read many novels that took place during WWII; however, none of them were centered in India. Reading this book has spiked an interest in me to read more about that period of time and the war’s effect on India and its people. Fascinating background for this story. This book is written beautifully, with vivid and stunning descriptions of the tea plantation area of South India. I do think that the book could use some editing as there were a few parts that dragged a bit for me, hence 4 stars instead of 5. But the plot will pull you in and keep you reading. Overall, this is a lovely book with wonderful characterization that will tug on your heart strings and some plot twists that will surprise you. The book in some ways reminded me of “Love is a Many Splendored Thing” and likewise would make a wonderful movie. This book was given to me by the author in return for an honest review.