The Kashmir Shawl
By: Rosie Thomas
Mair Ellis’ father has passed away and her brother and sister are helping her clear out the house, when she discovers an exquisite shawl with a bit of hair hidden in the middle. Intrigued by this unique and beautiful item, she begins a journey that takes her back to when her grandparents were first married, during World War II. Traveling alone, she discovers the enchanting life of India. Meanwhile, Nerys Watkins newly wedded bliss, is interrupted by a fascinating livelihood in Kashmir. Her quiet missionary life is now filled with nightlife, festivities and secrets. Will Mair learn the truth about her grandmother’s life, or will the past keep the secrets buried forever?
Rosie Thomas provides a lot of details in her writing, which makes the scenery come alive. The chapters are long and the beginning is a bit difficult to get into, but once Nerys’ story begins, readers won’t be able to set this book down. The points-of-view switch between Mair and Nerys, so readers get to feel both sides of the story, as they happen. Readers will appreciate Mair’s growth, as the more she travels she gains confidence and perspective on the important things in life. Fans of books that tell more than one story will truly enjoy this read.