Author: Rebecca Ryman
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143029770
Intense and captivating, Olivia and Jai is an intricately constructed love story woven with superb mystery and wonderfully accurate history.
Calcutta, 1848, Twenty-two-year-old Olivia O’Rourke comes to spend a year with her aunt, Lady Bridget Templewood, who would like to see her married off to a suitable Englishman. But Olivia feels stifled by the restrictive society of wealthy English colonials, and yearns for the challenges and freedoms of America, her homeland.
Enter Jai Raventhorne. Brooding, intriguing, volatile, forbidden. The son of an unknown Englishman and an Indian servant girl, he, like Olivia, is an alien in the prejudiced world of the British Raj. Jai soon becomes Olivia’s obsession. She gives her self and soul to him, yet she is never able to know his mind, his past, his secrets. Together they defy every convention of a time and place, swept in waves of passion and frustration, until inevitably, her heart shattered, Olivia turns from devoted lover to fierce enemy.
A smashing, sensual story of love and passion, hatred and loss, innocence and avarice, retribution and forgiveness…a worthy successor to MM Kaye’s The Far Pavilions.
-Washington Post Book World