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A heartbreaking story about the pursuit of passion by the bestselling author of The Chocolate Tin.

Spirited doctor Isla Fenwick is determined to work at the coalface of medicine in India before committing to life as a dutiful wife. With hopes of making a difference in the world, she sails to Calcutta to set up a midwifery clinic. There she will be forced to question her beliefs, her professionalism and her romantic loyalties.

On a desperate rescue mission to save the one person who needs her the most, she travels into the foothills of the Himalayas to a tea plantation outside Darjeeling. At the roof of the world, where heaven and earth collide, Isla will be asked to pay the ultimate price for her passions.

From England’s seaside town of Brighton to India’s slums of Calcutta and the breathtaking Himalayan mountains, this is a wildly exciting novel of heroism, heartache and healing, by the bestselling author of The Chocolate Tin.

Reviews

McIntosh’s riveting, page-turner style makes this book an ideal poolside summer holiday read.

Sydney Morning Herald

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143789833

    April 16, 2018

    Penguin

    RRP $26.00

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780143797289

    October 30, 2017

    Michael Joseph Australia

    448 pages

    RRP $37.00

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    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile
    Or

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  • EBook

    9781760142841

    October 30, 2017

    Penguin eBooks

    448 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ

Extract

Prologue

I didn’t dare look at the palm of my hand for fear of seeing the bruising arc pattern of fingernails from the clenching of my fist moments earlier. Was it despair? Jealousy? Or was it plain shock to gaze upon him again, to feel his skin against my ungloved hand once more? Oh, dear heaven, I had to hide! I could not unravel now, after all this time having kept our secret so tightly wound inside. Find a quiet spot, I urged. Act your normal calm.

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Fiona McIntosh on studying 1930’s Britain and India in pursuit of the perfect setting for her latest novel.

Also by Fiona McIntosh

The Rumpelgeist
The Chocolate Tin
The French Promise
Nightingale
The Perfumer's Secret
The Last Dance
The Pearl Thief
On the Scent of Perfume
How to Write Your Blockbuster
The Tailor's Girl
The Lavender Keeper
Fields of Gold

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