I’m delighted to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for the gorgeous Mango Bay by Serena Fairfax. Thank you to Anne Cater and Ironberry Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this fabulous book.
About the book:
Jazz clubs, yacht clubs, aunty bars and a Bollywood beauty shadowed by her pet panther. This is glamorous Bombay in the late 1950s.
Love has blossomed in London between vivacious Scottish Presbyterian, Audrey, and clever Indian lawyer, Nat Zachariah.
When the happy newlyweds move to Nat’s exotic homeland and the striking family villa, Audrey must deftly navigate the rituals, secrets, intrigues and desires of his Bene Israel Jewish community, and adjust to perplexing new relatives.
In time, the past unlocks, old family ties unravel, lies are exposed and passions run high as different generations fall out. Then something shocking happens that undoes everything. Will this marriage that has crossed boundaries survive?
About the author:
Serena spent her childhood in India, qualified as a Lawyer in England, and worked in a London law firm.
Some of her novels have a strong romantic arc although she burst the romance bubble with one quirky departure. Other novels pull the reader into the dark corners of family life and relationships. She enjoys the challenge of experimenting and writing in different genres.
Her short stories and a medley of articles, including her reviews of thrillers and crime fiction, feature on her blog.
Fast forward to a sabbatical from the day job when Serena traded in bricks and mortar for a houseboat that, for a hardened land lubber like her, turned out to be a big adventure. A few of her favourite things are collecting old masks, singing and exploring off the beaten track.
Mango Bay by Serena Fairfax is a gorgeous and beautifully written story that instantly transports you to the beauty and glamour of Bombay in the 1950’s. It tells the story of vivacious Scottish Presbyterian, Audrey, and clever Indian lawyer, Nat, who have fallen madly in love. But true love does not always run smooth as the newlyweds move to Nat’s exotic homeland, where Audrey must do everything she can to fit into the lives of her new husband’s family, who are as far away from her Presbyterian upbringing as it is possible to be.
What follows is a tale of intrigue and suspense as secrets from the past slowly begin to be revealed, with Audrey soon coming to realise that there is much more to her new husband and his family than she ever could have imagined. Will her fledgling marriage be able to survive? Or has Audrey made the biggest mistake of her life?
I thoroughly enjoyed Mango Bay with its vivid imagery and intricately plotted story that encompasses everything from multicultural differences to family secrets and suspense. It is the first book I’ve read by Serena Fairfax, but it definitely won’t be my last. Her writing is exquisite, drawing you into the story from the very first page. With a fascinating cast of characters and a setting that sweeps you away to a different time and place, this is a book I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
Mango Bay by Serena Fairfax is available to purchase now: Amazon UK
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