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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Bigamy, Murder, Intrigue and India. 18 July 2008
By Zou Zou - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Very entertaining romance set in British Colonial India just prior to the Sepoy Mutiny.
A beautiful young woman, Stella, travels to India to visit her Soldier brother, Tommy. She is ostracized by local British society for traveling without a chaperone/companion.
Not wishing to bring shame to her brother, she accepts a marriage proposal from handsome British officer, Ralph Dacre. However, deceitful Ralph has a wife back home in England.
Tommy's friend, Captain Monck, discovers this fact after the couple have left on their bridal trip. Captain Monck is a superior type of soldier, stealthy and capable of infiltrating native society on undercover intelligence missions. He privately accosts Dacre and convinces him to quit the marriage on threat of exposure. Monck fakes Dacre's death and consoles the supposed widow.
Monck loves Stella, but feels that he isn't good enough for her. He leaves her for another mission. Unfortunately, she is pregnant and still friendless. There is more bad news to come... The Sepoys are planning a rebellion against the British Army.
This is a fast-paced, angst-ridden romance from early in the Twentieth century.
Recommended.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Old-fashioned romance 30 Mar. 2011
By North - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Written in 1919, The Lamp on the Desert is a typical Ethel May Dell story: an alpha male (in this case Everard Monck) in love with a beautiful feminine woman (Stella). There is passion, honor, pride, angst, suffering, and all sorts of happenings keeping the lovers mentally, emotionally and physically part. They grow, trust in God and find peace and long-lasting love in the end.

This is the kind of novel where someone can get sick from guilt, love or shock.

I liked the book for its description of English soldiers' lives in India a century ago and for the well-crafted varied characters that populate the novel. It is a clean romance with religious overtones that should please Christian readers. It is better done that most contemporary Christian fiction romances.

On the minus side, Stella's angst and feelings over nothing got to be annoying. I could not understand her position or identify with her problems. To me, it felt like she was making a mountain out of a molehill to make her boring life more interesting. The real tragedy of her time in India (the death of her premature son) is downplayed almost to the level of a necessary punishment. This part of the plot, as a parent, I found disturbing.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Really, really romantic and passionate! You can't go wrong read it - you'll fall in love again and again! 12 Sept. 2009
By Christine Richardson - Published on Amazon.com
Another great book by Edith M. Dell, one of her best romantic stories, I've always loved it. Dell's work is a perfect example of a love story - wildly romantic without ever getting pornographic. Fast paced, breathless, REAL men, seeking REAL woman, women being swept off their feet, yet who are in control - well, not always ;) - it's hard to believe she wrote this so long ago, but perhaps those were the days when passion, love, excitement were REAL!

Some plots involve, abduction, and attempted forced seduction but these will end with redemption and happiness. These novels stand up so well to the test of time, which makes one want to get lost in the world of Dell!

The writing is excellent, the characters believable in their actions, (except that why can't we all find men as believable as these?) and the story line and plot just as or more exciting eighty years after it was written. It's a romance but far better written and imagined than what we can find in the current crop of romance novels.

Really, really romantic and passionate! You can't go wrong read it - you'll fall in love again and again!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A captivating book about a different era 8 Feb. 2012
By Anya Markarian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Written in 1919, The Lamp on the Desert is a very entertaining romance set in British Colonial India just prior to the Sepoy Mutiny. This is a fast-paced, angst-ridden romance from early in the Twentieth century. I liked the book for its description of English soldiers' lives in India a century ago and for the well-crafted varied characters that populate the novel.

The story is set in colonial India and is not your predictable love story, but quite full of surprises and turns in the plot. I enjoyed reading every second of it and was delighted to add some not commonly used words to my vocabulary. I enjoyed reading a story set and written in a different era.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great Writing 6 Mar. 2012
By MissyReads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read a LOT of books, and I have found that plots in general can be very predictable. This one was not. Set in the jungles of India, the story unfolded with plenty of twists and turns and unique ideas. The main female character seemed very relate-able. She wasn't filled with angst or overly dramatic. She made good choices and terrible choices, but they were believable, especially when you factor in her age and maturity level at the time of each choice. I particularly enjoyed the setting. I felt that I could physically see, feel, hear and smell the surroundings.
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