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Olivia and Jai by Rebecca Ryman

Olivia and Jai (edition 1990)

by Rebecca Ryman (Author)

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Title:Olivia and Jai
Authors:Rebecca Ryman (Author)
Info:St Martins Pr (1990), Edition: 1st, 644 pages
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Olivia and Jai by Rebecca Ryman


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Die atemberaubende Geschichte einer grenzenlosen Liebe Indien 1848: Die 22-jährige Amerikanerin Olivia trifft auf Einladung ihrer Tante in Kalkutta ein. Lady Bridget sucht für ihre Nichte einen Ehemann, doch Olivia sträubt sich verbissen gegen die Heirat mit einem dieser langweiligen englischen Kolonialherren. Sie sehnt sich schmerzlich nach der Freiheit ihrer Heimat. Da begegnet sie Jai Raventhorne, dem illegitimen Sohn eines Engländers und einer Inderin aus ärmlichen Verhältnissen. Jai ist ein Ausgestoßener in der von Vorurteilen bestimmten Welt der britischen Kolonie – und er erobert Olivia im Sturm. Doch Jai kann es nicht zulassen, dass Olivia ihm so nahe kommt, und verlässt sie.
  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |
One of my all time favorite books. I read it at least once a year. ( )
  MichelleK.Pickett | May 7, 2013 |
If you LOVED "Shadow of the Moon" (MM Kaye) and "Zemindar" (Valerie Fitzgerald) then you will LOVE this book. They just don't make 'em like this anymore. Revenge, Love, History all swirled together in an elegant concoction that will transport you out of today and into the teeming streets on 19th century India. Jai is a great hero/anti-hero and Olivia is a strong-willed woman that you will cheer for until she gets her happily ever after. I read this book once every year because I love it that much!
  Tiffalex | Apr 17, 2013 |
A grand romance set in nineteenth-century India, Olivia and Jai tells the tale of American Olivia O'Rourke and her turbulent relationship with Jai Raventhorne, a haste-caste merchant. As the story progresses, Jai is revealed to be ever more entangled in the affairs of Olivia's relatives in India and Olivia herself transforms from Jai's lover to his worst enemy. The plot includes many twists and turns and plenty of revenge and destruction. I really wish there were more books written like this, with deep character histories and motivations and thorough plot development. One of the best among the things I have read this year and I certainly plan to read more by this author. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Nov 6, 2011 |
The story begins in Calcutta in 1848 as Olivia O'Rourke arrives from California to spend time with her mother's sister, Lady Bridget Templewood. Used to the freer life she shared with her father, Olivia chafes under the rigid morals of British Society, but then she accidentally meets a man reviled by her family, Jai Ravenstone. Jai is a Eurasian with a mysterious past who against all odds built up a successful shipping empire.

Despite her family's hatred of Jai and his attempts at destroying her uncle's competing shipping business, Olivia cannot overcome her overwhelming attraction to Jai and sees him at every opportunity, even though Jai himself warns her of the dangers of involvement with him. Just when it seems Olivia and Jai may be able to surmount the problems of his past and find love, Jai's obsession with destroying the Templeton's takes him on a path that utterly destroys Olivia's love for him and sends her on a path of building her own business ventures to enact her revenge against Jai.

This was a wonderful tale of love and revenge that will have you reading well into the wee hours of the morning, by page 250 or so I literally didn't come up for air until I finished it. There are many twists and turns and quite shocking surprises that will have you guessing and turning the pages until the very end. It's not quite up to the standards of The Far Pavilions, but for those seeking a well spun yarn set in 19C India during the British Raj this is one worth checking out. Five Stars. ( )
  Misfit | May 12, 2009 |
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