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I love to read, mostly historical fiction with a little historical romance and some ghosty stories thrown int.

The Girl in the Garden

The Girl in the Garden - Kamala Nair Usually when I’m reading a book for review I think about things to say as I read. Halfway through this book I didn't know what I was going to say and now that I’m finished I still don’t think I can do it justice.We are introduced to Rakhee as she is preparing to leave her sleeping fiance in the middle of the night. She knows she can’t marry him until she goes back to India and deals with her past. She leaves him a long letter explaining, and that explanation is the rest of the story in the book.I thought this book was magical. The story unfolded at the perfect pace; not once was I tempted to skim or skip ahead. I did not want to miss a single word. As I was reading, I felt like I was sitting at the knee of some wise grandmother listening to her stories. Ms. Nair’s words carried me slowly and calmly through the story, introducing characters smoothly. These characters were developed perfectly. Oh, they had their faults, but were so well written that you couldn't help but like them.I have always been a fan of stories set in India and Ms. Nair did a fabulous job describing her setting. Just as with her characters, she took a dry and not always pleasant setting and made is endearing and almost homey.From reading other reviews, I just knew I would like this book. I heard about it, requested it from the library, and finished it in just five days. It was a page-turner for sure, and I would not hesitate to read her next book.I originally reviewed this book for my blog, http://www.mommysreding.wordpress.com