Artichoke Hearts, Sita Brahmachari's first book, was already a favourite of mine, and Jasmine Skies, its sequel, is just as wonderful with the ongoing tale of the character Mira.
Mira has grown up and is visiting her family in India. In between exquisite, colourful descriptions of Kolkata, the many messages Sita sends us are brave and sensitive: forevers don't exist, but there are other things that do - living life to its fullest, and finding beauty and happiness in the most unexpected places.
I could barely put the book down, because it was so fast paced. Sita creates and develops characters who feel like real people that you have met, she does a very good job of taking you to India and developing sights and smells which bring the book alive. Mira is easy to relate to and I sympathise with her over the dilemmas she faced in the book. I was sad when the book finished, because it was such good escapism and it dawned on me that Mira is not a real character (which seems hard to digest).
I can't wait to see what's next.