Thursday, 7 June 2018

Book Review | East Of India by Erica Brown

India, 1940. When Nadine learns that the Indian woman she thought her nanny is, in fact, her mother, she rebels against her English father and he arranges for her to be wed to an Australian merchant many years older. She is whisked off to her new husband's plantation in Malaya but as the Second World War rages throughout the East, Nadine is taken captive by the Japanese. She is held at a camp in Sumatra with other women and forced to entertain the soldiers and satisfy their desires. In the most unlikely circumstances, Nadine finds an ally and protector in a Japanese—American major caught up in the war. The two bond over their conflicted identities and gradually fall in love. But can Nadine survive long enough to find happiness?

Book cover of East Of India by Erica BrownEast Of India 
by Erica Brown

  • Publisher: Canelo (16 April 2018)
  • ASIN: B07B484NS3

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Beautifully written and an admirable tale from the heart.

For my first read from Erica Brown I was delighted to find East Of India so easy to get into. The writing style is neat and crisp but enlightening and indulgent. The imagery is exceptional and despite the atrocious goings on, the scenery is completely apt and emotionally magnetic. 

Wartime in the East is not a subject I know a huge amount but East Of India has given me a basic knowledge which actually fills in some small gaps. The fear and inferiority felt by the women being held captive is shocking, bewildering and devastating. I can't even begin to imagine the real raw emotion held by the women who had to entertain soldiers, it's something I never want to happen to me or my daughter so this particular element really touches a nerve.

Finding love in the wartime is a story I always love as it projects a feeling of longing during a time of extreme darkness. Although I usually feel myself drawn to the British side of the second world war, like Christmas At Woolworths, it was refreshing to read a story about the other side of the same war ridden world. 

Although I felt emotionally drawn to the women in the camp, I still feel more connected to the British wartime novels but I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves reading about the East and the area of Malaya.

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