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Companions of Paradise by Thalassa Ali

Companions of Paradise

by Thalassa Ali

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This is the third and final title in Thalassa Ali's historical fiction series that began with "A Singular Hostage," and continued with "A Beggar at the Gate." The series follows the real-life follies of the British empire's incursions into India and, finally, Afghanistan in the 19th century. This third book is harder to read, because it traces the catastrophic attempt of the British to withdraw from Kabul, but it does give a vivid look at the contrast between East and West at this time. Wonderful historical detail and the hint of a happy ending help the book along. Mariana Givens was an appealing and realistic character to mold the story around: how many of us could have defied societal expectations with more courage? The series offers MUCH to think about with regard to western assumptions about Afghanistan. ( )
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In A Singular Hostage and A Beggar at the Gate, Thalassa Ali introduced us to the lush, intriguing world of nineteenth-century British India—and to Mariana Givens, a brave, beautiful Englishwoman. Now, as vengeful Afghan tribesmen close in, Mariana must face the repercussions of her marriage to a Punjabi Muslim, and choose between the people she calls her own—and the life that owns her heart.

Mariana Givens aches to return to the rose-scented city of Lahore, home of Hassan Ali Khan, the Muslim stranger she has come to love, his mystical family, and his prescient little son. But her own reckless behavior has sent her into exile at the British cantonment near Kabul, on the eve of the First Afghan War. There, she embarks on a dangerous double life, pretending to be a proper young Victorian lady while secretly traveling Kabul’s violent, fascinating streets to visit the Sufi seer who possesses the answers she needs.

But the mystic’s help comes with a price, and her family wants her to marry a British officer. As Afghanistan descends into violence and her hopes of rescue fade, Mariana must make a fateful decision: can she abandon her old life and allow herself to be drawn toward her destiny—whatever it may be?

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Torn from her Punjabi husband and stepson by an assassination attempt, Mariana Givens is reunited with her aunt and uncle, but as they try to bring Mariana back into British society in Kabul, she dreams only of Lahore and her husband's mystic Sufi family.… (more)

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