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How can the son of a man damaged by war learn to love? How can a father tormented by the past reach out to his son? From the author of TIGER HILLS, an epic tale about love, loss and hope.
Jim Stonebridge lives a solitary life with his father, a haunted man, on an apple estate in deepest Vermont. The year is 1932 and the grand house, once filled with laughter and parties, now stagnates under the weight of secrets and stories untold.
Jim is out fishing in the quietness of the woods one day when he spots a plane banking low over the river. From behind the pilot streams a mass of balloons, held by a woman with rich russet hair. Madeleine Scott, a spirited bohemian, bursts into their lives, bringing light and laughter to the orchard once more. But with the bittersweet unravelling that love brings come memories. Of a friendship forged on battlefields and a past denied. Of Obadaiah Nelson, a man born in the bayou who knows the cost of war.
Now it is time for reparation.
GOOD HOPE ROAD is the sweeping story of two generations and love that binds, of courage and comradeship, and the soaring strength of the human spirit.
A sweeping novel of guilt, loss and misunderstanding. - The Lady
The emotional and psychological damage of war, and its effects on the men and their families, are sympathetically and sharply dramatised, while some of the writing is lovely. - Daily Mail
A book of great ambition and power - The Times
An exotic, beguiling page-turner - TIGER HILLS - WOMAN AND HOME
Lavish . . . Sarita Mandanna's fusion of history and romance makes for an aromatic blend... If this summer requires a must-read blockbuster, this debut should fill the beach-bag nicely. TIGER HILLS - INDEPENDENT
An epic and extraordinary debut from an astonishing new talent - TIGER HILLS - DAILY EXPRESS
Sarita Mandanna belongs to the stunning landscapes of Coorg, famous for their coffee plantations and often described as the 'Scotland of India'. She has a PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management, an MBA from the Wharton Business School, and worked as a private equity investor in New York before moving to Toronto in 2010. Her first novel, TIGER HILLS was longlisted for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize and has been translated into 14 languages around the world, including French, Italian, Hebrew and Chinese.