High in the Himalayas near Darjeeling, the old mountaintop palace shines like a jewel.
When it was the General's 'harem' palace, richly dressed ladies wandered the windswept terraces; at night, music floated out over the villages and gorges.
Now, the General's son has bestowed it on an order of nuns, the Sisters of Mary. Well-intentioned yet misguided, the nuns set about taming the gardens and opening a school and dispensary for the villagers.
They are dependent on the local English agent of Empire, Mr Dean; but his charm and insolent candour are disconcerting. And the implacable emptiness of the mountain, the ceaseless winds, exact a toll on the Sisters.When Mr Dean says bluntly, 'This is no place for a nunnery,' it is as if he foresees their destiny...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 07/02/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781844088393