By Thalassa Ali
In A Singular Hostage and A Beggar on the Gate, Thalassa Ali brought us to the plush, interesting global of nineteenth-century British India—and to Mariana Givens, a courageous, appealing Englishwoman. Now, as vengeful Afghan tribesmen shut in, Mariana needs to face the repercussions of her marriage to a Punjabi Muslim, and select among the folk she calls her own—and the lifestyles that owns her heart.
Mariana Givens aches to come to the rose-scented urban of Lahore, domestic of Hassan Ali Khan, the Muslim stranger she has come to like, his mystical relations, and his prescient little son. yet her personal reckless habit has despatched her into exile on the British cantonment close to Kabul, at the eve of the 1st Afghan conflict. There, she embarks on a perilous double existence, pretending to be a formal younger Victorian girl whereas secretly touring Kabul’s violent, attention-grabbing streets to go to the Sufi seer who possesses the solutions she needs.
But the mystic’s support comes with a value, and her family members desires her to marry a British officer. As Afghanistan descends into violence and her hopes of rescue fade, Mariana needs to make a fateful choice: can she abandon her previous existence and make allowance herself to be drawn towards her destiny—whatever it can be?