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The Kashmir Shawl
by Rosie Thomas

Published: 2011-07-01
Paperback : 400 pages
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Spanning decades and moving from the stark beauty of the Welsh landscape to the Himalayas and Kashmir, this is a story of bravery, courage and love. Within one exotic land lie the secrets of a lifetime! Newlywed Nerys Watkins leaves rural Wales for the first time in her life, to accompany her ...
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Spanning decades and moving from the stark beauty of the Welsh landscape to the Himalayas and Kashmir, this is a story of bravery, courage and love. Within one exotic land lie the secrets of a lifetime! Newlywed Nerys Watkins leaves rural Wales for the first time in her life, to accompany her husband on a missionary posting to India. Travelling from lonely Ladakh, high up in the Himalayas, Nerys discovers a new world in the lakeside city of Srinagar. Here, in the exquisite heart of Kashmir, the British live on carved wooden houseboats and dance, flirt and gossip as if there is no war. But the battles draw ever closer, and life in Srinagar becomes less frivolous when the men are sent away to fight. Nerys is caught up in a dangerous friendship, and by the time she is reunited with her husband, the innocent Welsh bride has become a different woman. Years later, when Mair Ellis clears out her father's house, she finds an exquisite antique shawl, woven from the finest yarns and embroidered in the shades of lake water and mountain skies. Wrapped within its folds is a lock of child's hair. Tracing her grandparents' roots back to Kashmir, Mair embarks on a quest that will change her life forever.

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  "The Kashmir Shawl: A Novel"by nalleyo (see profile) 04/17/16

A great insight to India of War World II , the poor and the privileged. Changing
times of British rule.

 
  "Excellent book"by peojudy (see profile) 03/14/14

I found the book riveting - couldn't put it down.

 
  "The Kashmir Shawl"by sdriscoll3 (see profile) 03/12/14

Great story.....interesting characters...a very enjoyable read.

 
  "The Kashmir Shawl"by Suzique (see profile) 03/04/13

Wonderful adventure of strong friendship and love following a granddaughter's quest to discover her ancestors' missionary life in India. The story weaves the lives of then with present day. The scenery... (read more)

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