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Fields Of Gold (2010)

by Fiona McIntosh(Favorite Author)
3.92 of 5 Votes: 2
Penguin Australia
review 1: The setting of this book, post the Great War, in India’s colourful fields of gold, appealed to the reader in me. It is a story of two men, the first, Jack Bryant, is a charming womanizer who is seeking to escape from a tragedy that has taken place at his family’s mine in Cornwall. The second man, Edward ‘Ned’ Sinclair is on the run after escaping family problems and seeks solace in the city of Bangalore, where he meets Jack. The pair become firm friends working in the mining community but eventually find themselves in a tangle of secrets and betrayals when they both end up falling in love with the same women. It follows a storyline that is packed full of complexities and character dilemmas, which at times I found a little hard going. The novel does a good job of ca... morepturing the culture and essence of India in post war times. I found it interesting that at the close of the book, Fiona McIntosh revealed that the inspiration for this book came from her two Grandfathers, which breathes more life into this novel for the reader. Fields of Gold is a different style of book to McIntosh’s other historical novels I have enjoyed more, such as The Lavender Keeper, The French Promise and The Tailor’s Girl, but it still makes for a solid read.
review 2: Fields of Gold by Fiona McIntosh was a reflection of her other novels. Fiona writes a great story, this one bringing together Ned and Jack in India as young men. Each of the characters have their own issues and challenges and they become good friends. The plots in Fiona's novels are always intriguing and indeed keep the reader reading. This was a love story of sorts with all the excitement and drama of a chocolate box story. At times I felt the coincidences were a little too contrived, but it did not stop me wanting to see where the novel's course would finish. The settings were beautifully described and the tensions of the relationships were real. A great story to be recommended. less
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Another good story by this author...but I thought The Tailor's Girl was a better read
Took a while to get into this book but I actually really enjoyed it.
just beautiful !
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