Hyderabad, India. 1798.
Beatrice Sinclair, a grieving young widow facing financial destitution, has travelled from Hampshire to Hyderabad to visit her brother, an employee of the British East India Company. There, she is astonished to discover that he has married a beautiful Indian girl and lives with his wife’s extended family in a dilapidated palace, the Jahanara Mahal – famed for the theft of a fabled diamond many years ago.
As an outsider in an unfamiliar world, Bee faces many challenges – not least of all building a new and meaningful life after the heartbreak she has endured. Meanwhile the French and British forces become locked in a battle over India’s riches, and matters are complicated further by the presence of the dashing Harry Wyndam: a maverick ex-soldier and suspected spy.
With rebellion in the air, Bee must decide where her loyalties lie . . .
A sumptuously evocative story set in 18th century India from bestselling author Charlotte Betts, perfect for readers of Dinah Jefferies, Lucinda Riley and Jenny Ashcroft.