Happy Publication Day to Janet MacLeod Trotter on the publication of The Sapphire Child, the second book in The Raj Hotel series. While, as with most series, The Sapphire Child can be read as a standalone, it would be a shame not to catch up with where the story first started in The Emerald Affair.
Janet’s India-set novels, including The Raj Hotel series, were inspired by the discovery of a treasure-trove of long-lost family diaries, letters and cine films left by her grandparents who had lived and worked in Northern India from the 1920s to the ’50s. Speaking of her new series, Janet says,
I have returned to the Punjab where my grandparents began married life for the setting of The Emerald Affair – from the glamour of Rawalpindi’s garrison town to the lawless tribal areas of the North West Frontier. And in the follow-up novel, The Sapphire Child, the action also takes place in Kashmir – a place that captured my heart as an eighteen year old!
About The Sapphire Child
In the dying days of the Raj, can paths divided by time and circumstance ever find each other again?
In 1930s Northern India, childhood friends Stella and Andrew have grown up together in the orbit of the majestic Raj Hotel. Spirited Stella has always had a soft spot for boisterous Andrew, though she dreams of meeting a soulmate from outside the close-knit community. But life is turned on its head when one scandal shatters their friendship and another sees her abandoned by the man she thought she loved.
As the Second World War looms, Andrew joins the army to fight for freedom. Meanwhile in India, Stella, reeling from her terrible betrayal, also throws herself into the war effort, volunteering for the Women’s Auxiliary Corps, resigned to living a lonelier life than the one she dreamed of as a child.
When Andrew returns to the East on the eve of battle with Japan, the two former friends are reunited, though bitter experience has changed them. Can they rekindle what they once had or will war demand of their friendship the ultimate sacrifice?
What ARC readers think about the book
‘The Sapphire Child is a captivating and sumptuous novel, remarkably researched with wonderful and vivid descriptions of an India of yesteryear. It’s a chunky read at over 500 pages so be prepared to lose yourself in the nostalgia of times gone by. Historical fiction that will sweep you away, this is a perfect read to escape the winter blues’ – Swirl and Thread
‘This is a well written book, with fascinating characters. The landscape and events are vividly depicted It feels a little like going on a journey back in time. The plot flows well and is easy to follow. This is a great book to escape with for a while’ – Netgalley Reviewer
‘This was a 5 star read for me, meaning that it was one Id reread and it most defiantly made me feel along with the characters as the story unfolded’ – Netgalley Review for in depth review see Sky’s Book Blog
‘My heart is full and I’m feeling uplifted after such a purely indulgent experience’ – Netgalley Reviewer
‘Trotter’s new book is an intoxicating blend of the last days of the Raj and World War II’ – Netgalley Reviewer
‘Ms. Trotter creates the very essence of India itself during a time when British colonialism was at its peak’ – Netgalley Reviewer
About the Author
British author Janet MacLeod Trotter has had 24 books published, 19 of them historical family dramas. Her India Tea Series, set in Britain and India, has proved hugely popular. The first in the series, The Tea Planter’s Daughter was nominated for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year and was an Amazon top ten best seller. It has gone on to be a best-seller in translation, including in Russian, French, Italian and Spanish.
Janet’s storytelling has brought recognition: her first historical novel, The Hungry Hills, was nominated for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, while In the Far Pashmina Mountains was shortlisted for the RNA Historical Romantic Novel of 2019.
She has written for teenagers and numerous short stories for women’s magazines, some of which are published in an ebook anthology Ice Cream Summer. She has been a columnist and reviewer for The Newcastle Journal and editor of The Clan MacLeod Magazine. Her childhood memoirs of Durham and Skye in the 1960’s, Beatles & Chiefs, was featured on BBC Radio 4’s Home Truths.
She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Authors.
Find out more about the author and her novels via her website.