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Under the Jeweled Sky

Published: January 2014
SKU: 9781402288760

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"Beautiful and brave and bittersweet—a moving story of how love in all its forms binds us together and endures, in spite of everything."—Susanna Kearsley, New York Times bestselling author of The Firebird and The Winter Sea

Breathtaking historical fiction by Alison McQueen that illuminates forbidden love and devastating consequences.

New Delhi, 1957. The moment Sophie steps onto India's burning soil, she realizes her return was inevitable. But this is not the India she fell in love with ten years before in a maharaja's palace. This is not the India that ripped her heart out as Partition tore the country in two. That India, a place of tigers, scorpions, and shimmering beauty, is long gone, and Sophie's new marriage only highlights the world she has lost.

Drawing on her own family's heritage, acclaimed novelist Alison McQueen beautifully portrays the heart of a woman who must confront the mistakes of her past in order to fight for her future.

In Under the Jeweled Sky, McQueen deftly explores the loss of innocence, the urgency of forbidden love, and how far we'll go to find our hearts.

"Bursting with the evocative glow of long-forgotten India...lures you into a beautiful story of scandal, hope, and the kind of love that marks us forever."—Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of The Kitchen House

Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Size: 5.50 in x 8.25 in
  • Pages: 416
"McQueen has a fine sense of place and character... A richly imagined story of love, politics and fate." — Kirkus Reviews
"An emotional coming-of-age journey...McQueen expertly captures the innocence and passion of young love—and how it can so quickly turn into something tragic when politics and the realities of adulthood get in the way. This historical page-turner deals out hope and heartbreak in turn, hurtling the reader toward its devastating denouement. " — Publishers Weekly
"Rich with history and a candid view of the racism, discrimination, and sexism of the day, McQueen's historical novel provides more than a compelling story set in an exotic locale. Part mystery, part romance, it defines love's bond through time." — Booklist
"Overall, this is a great story that will be a treat for historical fiction fans that want a little romance with their reading!" — A Bookish Affair
"Under the Jeweled Sky is not a story simply set against the backdrop of India's Partition, but the characters lives are completely and inextricably caught up in it and defined by it... this is a love story for grown-ups. " — A Work in Progress
"Under the Jeweled Sky is a wonderfully complex historical novel, with engaging characters, a fast moving plot, and intriguing historical details. The writing is especially evocative of the sights, sounds, and smells of India during the time of Partition. " — All Things Girl
"A captivating romance, Under the Jeweled Sky is a novel I highly recommend. It is an intoxicating story, beautifully written, and hauntingly romantic." — Ashley LaMar, Closed the Cover
"I can't even remember when a book last made me cry, maybe it happens once a year. It's a good thing, this book truly made me feel. " — Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
"The central love story between Sophie and Jag is captivating and the overall story that McQueen has written is breathtaking and absorbing...If you like historical fiction with a love story woven through them, then Under the Jeweled Sky is for you! " — Book-alicious Mama
"Beautifully written, evocative of a forgotten age. Readers will be transported through time and space." — Cayocosta72
"If you are looking for a beautiful read that will tug on your heartstrings, is historical and is set in a fascinating time and place, then I recommend Under the Jeweled Sky. But be forewarned, make sure you have a box of tissues handy!" — Confessions of a Book Addict
"An interesting tale of love lost but still with a hopeful ending. " — Confessions of a Book Habitue
"There's a lot of heartache, loss, and regrets in Under the Jeweled Sky, all of it poignantly told. There's plenty of joy too, even if it's not in the form you'd expect. And there's hope and redemption to bring up the rear. This is definitely worth the read, just make sure you have a box of tissues handy for the tears you'll shed. " — Drey's Library
"Alison McQueen captures India in great detail but doesn't gloss over the racism and violence that occurred during partition transition... Warning, you might need some tissues for the end." — From Left to Write
"In the tradition of The Thorn Birds, where characters, forbidden love, and a continent play such a vital role, Under the Jeweled Sky, was an unexpected, but treasured gem." — Gerber Daisy Diaries
"The writing was absolutely stunning, the characters were wonderfully balanced." — Literate Ceillie
"Under the Jeweled Sky is a love story of epic proportions, covering every love a young girl could ever have...beautifully written and set in an exotic location only adds to the wonder that is this novel. " — Long and Short Reviews
"This novel was beautifully crafted...Overall, I love this book to pieces. " — Lust and Coffee
"This was a tender book with awful sadness but in the end it all comes full circle. It's still not the ideal life, but it is more than Sophie can dare hope for. This story will stay with you for quite awhile." — Mary's Cup of Tea
"This book has it all: the lush, tropical landscape of an Indian palace, forbidden and intense first love, dramatic heartbreaks and tragedy and the joys of family, defining home and the strength of the human spirit." — Mom's Small Victories
"This is a story to enjoy to remember and to enrich one's soul. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a love story with some adventure and set in another country." — Next Chapter Book Reviews
"As the book draws to its conclusion it throws up a considerable amount of unexpected twists, placing it above most books in this genre and a word of warning - you will find yourself grabbing a box of tissues at more than one point." — Our Book Club
"This is another book that travels back and forth in time, but Alison does a wonderful job weaving everything together...Be aware that this is mostly a romance story, there is a little about partition and British colonialism, but not much. " — Patty's Paperbacks
" If you're looking for a story of love and loss, with the complexity of historical and social stigmas thrown in that truly test the main characters, then you must pick up Under the Jeweled Sky." — Peace Love Books
"Under the Jeweled Sky is a truly breathtaking novel. Set in India at the moment of Partition and Independence, a decade unfolds in an amazing Indian Romeo & British Juliet tragic adventure, with evocative elements of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie. Stunning detail and language. " — Rebel Housewife
"A beautiful, but sad story. I didn't want it to end." — Rott-I-Tude
"Beautifully written and the setting of India was brilliantly captured. " — Samantha Everett (Librarian
"Highly recommend Under the Jeweled Sky to historical fiction lovers!" — So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
"Under the Jeweled Sky is much more than the romance novel...It is about India...Totally recommended to all those who are interested in historical fiction." — The Bookish Reviews
"This novel reminded me of a hot summer evening. Slow-moving, languid and sensual... Worth staying up all night to read? Yes. Beautiful, yet painfully, romantic." — The Insomniac Bibliophile
"It's a deep exploration into forbidden love, scandal, and leaving a beloved and magical place behind. You'll be teary-eyed at the end but you'll have become attached to Sophie, and you'll be better for it." — Thought Catalog
"I found the ending to be well-crafted and satisfying, and I appreciated the fact that McQueen didn't take the easy way out in telling this story. Recommended." — Too Fond
"Take a trip to a mysterious and exotic India in this story, and let Sophie become one of these heroines that stay with you for much longer than after you turn the last page of this book." — Zee Momodee
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