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Before the Rains by Dinah Jefferies

30900820 …Eliza woke early the next day. Her curtains were flimsy and the sun was already bright enough to force her to shield her eyes as she jumped out of bed and went to gaze out of the window. She had the strange sensation that, despite all the intervening years, something of this oriental country still coursed through her blood and had remained deep inside her. Just the smell of its soil stirred distant memories, and she had woken many times during the night feeling as if something was calling her…. The romance of Rajputana comes alive in Dinah Jefferies latest novel, Before the Rains. For Eliza Fraser, a young widow,  the photographic assignment in British India comes teeming with old memories, social prejudices, love and uncertainty. Eliza’s childhood in India had been marred by the tragic death of her father. Her years in England had also taken their toll on her. Her tryst with Jayant Singh Rathore, the maverick prince of Juraipore, takes her on an unfathomable journey. With The Separation and The Tea Planter’s Wife, Dinah Jefferies stole the hearts of millions. This best-selling author knows how to weave an enthralling tale. With Before the Rains, she transports the reader into pre-independence India, into a world bursting with regal charm, colour and mystique .Deftly, Dinah highlights some of the archaic beliefs prevalent at that time, like suttee/sati and cast distinctions, while highlighting the shift in ideology during the independence struggle. The research is impeccable as is the case with Dinah’s other books and descriptive writing is definitely her forte. However, for those who are well versed in the culture of the Rajputs, the casual tone used sometimes, especially when Jay speaks about his mother, may be a let down. That being said, this new novel is brimming with mystery, historical charm and soft romance. Read for that warm mushy feeling and don’t overanalyze!


About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

2 comments on “Before the Rains by Dinah Jefferies

  1. Preeti S.Manaktala
    February 18, 2017

    Thanks for the crisp review. Tempted to pick it up soon..But would start with The Tea planter’s Wife first.


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