A mysterious parcel propels a young Scottish widow on a perilous quest to the far side of the world.
Catherine MacDonald is astonished to receive from her twin brotherwho had reportedly drowned a year earlier, in the monsoon floods of 1821a 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, Catherine is drawn to India to search for answers. With her stepdaughter and their two maidsone an enigmatic Hindu, the other a runaway American slaveshe follows an obscure trail of tea, opium, and bagpipe music. In the course of their journey they meet botanists, smugglers, engineers, soldiers, and artistsas well as love and betrayal. And as they copy, translate, and finally understand certain Scottish and Indian paintings and music, they discover unsuspected truths about the man they are seeking.This luminous and accomplished romance is the author's first novel.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.30(d)|
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.