Saturday, February 8, 2014

Under the Jeweled Sky by Alison McQueen

3.5 stars
R- 2
copy received for review

I enjoyed the blend of past and "present" (the character's present, not ours) but the time period didn't feel like quite as much of a "presence" as I maybe wanted.

In some ways the story could have taken place anytime/anyplace.

Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, but in a historical fiction set in India during partition and the subsequent mess, a little more of that might have been nice.

Overall, this maybe wasn't so much my style, but I did end up enjoying it.  An interesting tale of love lost but still with a hopeful ending.


  1. I finished this today...I liked it a lot more than I thought I would...I agree about the sense of time, it wasn't rooted in anything specific. I thought she turned a typical "forbidden love" story, though, into a fairly intense drama. And I thought she excelled, specifically, when writing about the pain, suffering and grieving of a mother giving a child up for adoption. That was particularly powerful.

  2. Yes, that aspect of the story was really well-done.