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The Road Back [Paperback]

Liz Harris
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7 Sep 2012

When Patricia accompanies her father, Major George Carstairs, on a trip to Ladakh, north of the Himalayas, in the early 1960s, she sees it as a chance to finally win his love.

What she could never have foreseen is meeting Kalden - a local man destined by circumstances beyond his control to be a monk, but fated to be the love of her life.

Despite her father's fury, the lovers are determined to be together, but can their forbidden love survive?

Wonderful story about a passion that crosses cultures, a love that endures for a lifetime, and the hope that can only come from revisiting the past.

2012 Book of the Year Award from Coffee Time Romance & More.

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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Choc Lit (7 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906931674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906931674
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.5 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

After graduating in Law in the UK, I moved to California where I led a very varied life - from cocktail waitressing on Sunset Strip to CEO of a large Japanese trading company. Upon returning to England, I completed a degree in English and then taught for a number of years before developing my writing career.

My debut novel, THE ROAD BACK (Choc Lit), was published in September 2012. Also in 2012, EVIE UNDERCOVER was published as a Choc Lit Lite e-book. A BARGAIN STRUCK (Choc Lit) was published in September 2013. Later in the year, THE ART OF DECEPTION was published as a Choc Lit Lite e-book. A WESTERN HEART (Choc Lit Lite), a novella set in Wyoming 1880, will be published in spring 2014.

I also have a short story, ANGEL CAKE, in the Choc Lit Love Match, a collection of short stories by Choc Lit authors.

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A splendid love story, so beautifully told. --Colin Dexter O.B.E., best-selling author of the Inspector Morse novels.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The title to this review is how my mother describes The Road Back: one of the best books she has read for a long time.

I often get books sent from Amazon directly to my mother and bought this for her as a friend of mine read it on Kindle and said it was set in the 1950's - right up my mum's street.

As my mother is a voracious reader (from Phillippa Gregory to CJ Sansom and Jill Mansell so quite varied) I thought worth sharing her report as I don't think I have heard her rave so much about a book in a long time. Whenever she comes to my house she reads her way through my book shelves and I think she's a pretty good judge.

She unreservedly gave it 5 stars and said 'I loved it'.

Specifically, she loved the story ('beautiful and so different'), thought the characters excellent (she wanted to thump the father) and has said she will lend it to me but only if I give it back as she wants to read it again.

I hope this is helpful to Amazon buyers.

It looks as if I'm now going to have to buy my own copy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love eternal 17 Sep 2012
The book begins in the 1990s where we are briefly introduced to Amy a young woman adopted at an early age searching for clues about her birth parents, we learn that her name at birth was Nima and she has unusual eyes which mark her out as being a little different.

Then the story flashes back to the 1950s and we are introduced to the main heroine of the tale Patricia, sister to the chronically sick James she bears the brunt of her domineering ex-army major fathers disappointment that he doesn't have the son he wanted to follow in his military footsteps and her submissive and rather cowed mothers misplaced guilt complex, turning her teenage years into a sheltered and rather lonely adolescence.

Keen to impress her father she is flattered when he demands her help in compiling a book he is writing about the time he spent abroad living in Ladakh, a place his fond memories of provide an escape from his humdrum and disappointing life.

When this in turn leads to the opportunity to actually travel to this remote country about which she has heard and read so much, she jumps at the chance of travel and excitement albeit as her fathers companion and assistant.

Upon arriving in the Himalayan kingdom she immediately understands his fascination and love for this mystical and beguiling place and finds a similar instant attraction towards the quite and unassuming local helper Kalden who has been introduced to them as their guide, partly because of his ability to speak English (although haltingly) because of time he spent with an English family of missionaries in his childhood.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written 14 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Road Back is beautifully written, with great descriptions of the Himalayas and the culture of the Ladakh people. It was done in such a way that it really took you there, made you feel like you were experiencing it all for yourself first hand.

The first half of the story gradually introduced the main characters, Kalden and Patricia, over a period of years. It showed how different their lives were, how their cultures were so diverse - literally words apart. Once they met, for me, it was here the story really took off. I enjoyed how the relationship between Kalden and Patricia developed - a warm and gentle love story. My feelings towards the characters swung backwards and forwards as circumstances and pressures impacted on their lives, forcing them to make decisions they didn't necessarily want to if given the choice. The story didn't end how I originally thought it would which was a nice surprise - a very moving novel.
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The prologue (August 1995) in The Road Back ties up with Part Two. It's difficult to say any more as I don't want to write any spoilers! It is an integral part to the story.

Chapter One finds us in London in 1951. The reader is introduced to Patricia Carstairs childhood and the expectations of her father, Major George Carstairs. He is pedantic and has a saturnine personality, dominating her home life. We also find out about Patricia's brother James. Chapter Two we meet Kalden and we're introduced to his family and the way of life of the Buddhist village, Ladakh.

From this moment, alternating chapters involve us in their lives until the point where Patricia accompanies her father to Ladakh when she is almost 18. Kalden is their guide. When they meet, the connection is there straight away although very innocent. They have the chance to spend time alone and so their intimacy develops. A tragedy occurs and Patricia makes her own way back to England.

In Part Two the past steps into Patricia's present and she makes a trip back to Ladakh in September 1995.

The Road Back is so beautifully written. The move from London and the Major's personality to the times we spend in Ladakh with the gentle Buddhist way of life is seamless, even though they are totally opposite. The style of writing is clearly delineated. The scenery and environment in Ladakh is crafted so well that the reader doesn't need to expend much energy in feeling like they are there!

"Kalden stood in his favourite place at the top of a steep slope that fell sharply to the water's edge, and watched the thick morning mist inch its way up the crimson and green walls of the mountain, gradually uncovering the narrow ravine below and opening the beauty of the valley to his gaze.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful story!
Was very interesting reading between the different decades and different cultures, made me appreciate how much easier we have everything now. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kerri H
4.0 out of 5 stars A ROAD FORWARD
A Good book - As I started reading the story, it held my interest - a good beginning goes a long way in a story. well done to Liz.
Published 3 months ago by angela welford
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Well worth the read. A romance which a dominating Father cannot squash. Set in the Himalayas which just adds to the romance off it all. Definitely a feel good novel.
Published 4 months ago by Webster clan
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and fascinating love story
I really enjoy historicals which teach me something about a different life and/or a different culture and which include a wonderful love story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Poppy Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A good read, well researched and with a bit of a twist. Will seek out more books by Liz Harris.
Published 6 months ago by Chrissywissy
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow and rather boring
I don't like that book very much, I'm actually struggling to finish it as it is slow and boring and the main character is annoying me, but hey - that's just me, some people may... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joliee_1
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent well written novel
Loved this story. Easy to read with strong characters. The author created wonderful descriptions for the stories setting and made it such an enjoyable read. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jacqui Mcintyre
5.0 out of 5 stars so good for a first book
Very unusual story couldn't put it down once I got into it.
Well written - I felt every emotion - and really, really loved the ending...fantastic.
Published 11 months ago by Celia Marshall
4.0 out of 5 stars Insight into Ladakh
This was a great read that is well written, but i feel it is a little rushed towards the end. If you find it difficult to follow two story lines that merge this is not for you. Read more
Published 11 months ago by DiDi
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed reaction
I had been anticipating reading this book for some time but my initial reaction was one of disappointment. It had sounded so promising. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lanky Lady
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