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It is , and Evie and Martin Mitchell have just arrived in the Indian village of Masoorla with their five year old son But cracks soon appear in their marriage as Evie struggles to adapt to her new life, and Martin fails to bury unbearable wartime memoriesWhen Evie finds a collection of letters, concealed deep in the brickwork of their rented bungalow, so begins an investigation that consumes her, allowing her to escape to another world, a hundred years earlier, and to the extraordinary friendship of two very different young womenAnd as Evie s fascination with her Victorian discoveries deepens, she unearths powerful secrets But at what cost to her present, already fragile existence The Sandalwood Tree

About the Author: Elle Newmark

Elle Newmark is an award winning writer whose books are inspired by her travels She and her husband, a retired physician, have two grown children and five grandchildren They live in the hills north of San Diego.

10 thoughts on “The Sandalwood Tree

  1. Angela M Angela M says:

    What I liked best about this book was the beautiful, descriptive writing Just a few pages in and I was there in India seeing what Evie sees as she first arrives in India flowers , trees ,the market , and the people I was glad to be reading it on my kindle so I could easily look up the flowers and trees mentioned as well as some of the Indian words and phrases Many

  2. Elle Newmark Elle Newmark says:

    I think The Sandalwood Tree is a humdinger of a story Of course, I wrote it so I might be biased It involves two love stories, 90 years apart, set in war torn India The research for this book was fascinating We Americans do not ordinarily study Indian history world history is usually limited to Europe and reading about the drama and pageant that was the British Raj wa

  3. Helen Helen says:

    I had high hopes for The Sandalwood Tree as I love historical fiction set in India and I m pleased to say that it didn t disappoint me at all.This novel consists of two storylines, both of which take place during an important period of India s history In 1947 we meet an American woman, Evie Mitchell, who has moved to India with her husband, Martin, and five year old son

  4. Kim Kim says:

    Historical fiction is my favorite genre that being said, this was a good story.

  5. Ally Ally says:

    Overall I was disappointed in this novel The characters and the idea of the story were brilliant but the execution was poor In a novel structured in this way it s important in my opinion that the reader discovers the history of the house s former inhabitants at the same pace as the protagonist Unfortunately, as a reader, I got to knowabout Felicity Adela than she did and there

  6. Chrisl Chrisl says:

    A Slumpbreaker Particularly enjoyed the ending.

  7. J J says:

    This was an annoying book Right from page 2 when Evie Mitchell refers to Gandhi as a skinny little man in a loincloth I wondered how Indian readers would regard this One narrative is set mid 20th C with Evie and her husband and son travelling to India on a Fulbright Scholarship She appreciates the purpose behind the scholarship to foster a global community little in the rest of the

  8. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    3.5 The strength of this novel is the descriptions of the sights and sounds and smells of India Absolutely atmospheric, made me want to be there Also liked the history of Gandhi, Partition and the political maneuverings between Great Britain and India, there was much I didn t know Two alternate stories, one from the 1940 s and one following the lives of two women a decade earlier Great

  9. C.W. C.W. says:

    THE SANDALWOOD TREE is the second and final novel by late author, Elle Newmark, who passed away the very year that this book was published Given this sad coincidence, reading the book was all thepoignant, as it s imbued with the author s obvious love for travel and for India.Set in a dual timeline, this is the entwined story of three women, whose arrival in India during the upheaval and e

  10. Sharon Sharon says:

    Rich in details and history, The Sandalwood Tree will keep the reader turning pages A book that teaches while telling a great story is worth reading, and this book meets that criteria Martin, Evie, and Billy leave Chicago to live in India while Martin, a historian, documents the end of the British Raj As they settle into a small town amid brilliant color, strange customs, and agonizing pover

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