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The Road Back (Choc Lit) [Kindle Edition]

Liz Harris
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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?

A 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.

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

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 797 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Choc Lit (22 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RMKX0U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #188,523 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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, was published in spring 2014.

I have a story in each of the two Choc Lit anthologies: ANGEL CAKE in Choc Lit Love Match, and CUPCAKE in Kisses & Cupcakes. Each anthology is a collection of short stories by Choc Lit authors, with a recipe for each story.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'One of the best books I've read for a long time.' 19 Sept. 2012
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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 Sept. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally engaged with the story from the first page 14 Sept. 2012
By Shazjera TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A love story that spans continents and decades 17 Oct. 2012
By DizzyC
1995 - Amy wants to find out about her birth parents and why her mother gave her up for adoption.

The author takes us back to 1951 when Amy's mother, Patricia is just 7 years old and living with her family in London. We find a young girl eager to please her father Major George Carstairs. Not an easy task when her father has difficulty coming to terms with her brother's illness.

In a remote village in Ladakh 8 year old Kalden lives a completely different lifestyle. The fourth son in the family, he knows what his future holds and he is destined to become a Monk.

1962 - Fate brings Amy and Kalden, now aged 18, together in the beautifully serene landscape of Ladakh. Amy and her father travel there to update his notes from an early stay there in his army days. So begins a love story that surely cannot survive the cultural and class divide. Amy is only in Ladakh for a matter of months and Kalden is due to go into the monastery.

Due to circumstances Amy does have leave Ladakh and return to England, but this love story does not end there.

The passion with which Liz Harris writes about Ladakh, it's seasons, cultures and it's people led me to believe that she must have stayed there for her research, just like her character Patricia, but her acknowledgements tell me that research was not undertaken directly in Ladakh. Amazing storytelling.

A beautiful debut novel from Liz Harris. I cannot wait to see what is next from this author. One for me to watch.

I was not sure whether to put this in the historical fiction or historical romance genre. It is much more than just a romance with wonderful descriptions of the landscape and people of Ladakh.

This novel will be in my Top reads for 2012.

10 out of 10 for me!

Review copy from ChocLit. This did not influence my review in any way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent romance novel
Sweet and touching story, very romantic and moving. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this novel.
Published 2 months ago by karmella5678
4.0 out of 5 stars Should you ever go back?
This tells of a girl who always feels she is second-rate in her family compared to her ill brother (who dies). Read more
Published 6 months ago by Athena53
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent novel, well written and one of the best ...
An excellent novel, well written and one of the best I have read, It was a great read. The descriptions of Ladakh were excellent and it made me want to go there. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Daphne A. Booth Yardley
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 11 months 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 14 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 15 months ago by Addicted to books
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 16 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 16 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 18 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
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