IN THE FAR PASHMINA MOUNTAINS
The novel is published by Lake Union and is available as an ebook, paperback and audio.
From shipwreck and heartbreak to treachery and war: can their love survive?
Abandoned as a baby and raised in a remote lighthouse off the wild Northumberland coast, Alice Fairchild has always dreamed of adventure. When a fierce storm wrecks a ship nearby, she risks everything in an act of bravery that alters the course of her life.
Aboard the doomed vessel is the handsome John Sinclair, a Scottish soldier on his way to India. The connection between them is instant, but soon fate intervenes and leaves Alice heartbroken and alone. Determined to take charge of her destiny but secretly hoping her path will cross again with John’s, she too makes a new start in colonial India.
Life there is colourful and exotic, but beneath the bright facade is an undercurrent of violence, and when the British invade Afghanistan, Alice is caught up in the dangerous campaign. When at last she hears news of John, she is torn between two very different lives. But will she follow her head or her heart?
Janet writes: ‘The idea for this novel was inspired by my MacLeod ancestor, Lieutenant Donald MacLeod of the Honourable East India Company, who left his home on the Isle of Skye in the 1760s for a soldier’s life in India. My great-great-great-great-grandfather Donald died on a passage back to Britain, probably of some tropical illness or wounds, and never saw Skye again. Although the novel is set a generation later, my hero is from Skye and seeks his fortune in the East India Company army.
The early life of my Northumbrian heroine, Alice, is inspired by the heroics of Grace Darling, a lighthouse keeper’s daughter who became a 19th century celebrity for successfully helping to rescue passengers from the shipwrecked Forfarshire off the Northumberland coast.’
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