For many years Lakshmi Shastri has been struggling to pursue her dream of an independent life. Having fled an arranged and abusive marriage at age seventeen, Lakshmi has managed to become a henna artist and confidante to the wealthy ladies of Jaipur, India. Living a cautious life, carefully avoiding scandal, Lakshmi's world is turned upside down when, after thirteen years, her husband and sister turn up unexpectedly. This beautifully written novel takes us along one woman's courageous journey from a life of fear and oppression to one of freedom and independence.
While reading this book I sipped Organic Nilgiri Winter Harvest Estate Tea from South India's Nilgiri district. This floral black tea was a perfect match!