Bittersweet

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In 1872, Bryce Ackerman leaves England for India to chase two groups of officers now returned to India. These officers have spent their leave competing to see which group could rape the most young ladies. Bryce's own fiancée was raped and he is after vengeance. Can he find the officers and bring some sort of justice and satisfaction for the young women and their families? More

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About P.D.R. Lindsay

p.d.r. lindsay (no capitals please in tribute to a favourite poet, e. e. cummings) makes New Zealand home. Born in Ireland, brought up in Yorkshire, educated in England, Canada and New Zealand, writer p.d.r. lindsay is also Mrs Salmon, Ms Lindsay-Salmon and even for eight years in Japan, Professor Lindsay-Salmon. This wide experience of different cultures colours her writing and keeps her travelling.
Social issues are her main concern which is why she writes historical stories about ordinary people, the ones whose names and lives we don't know much about. Reading the diaries and letters of parsons and farmers, wives and daughters, merchants and tradesmen showed her how the basic human dilemmas do not change over the centuries. She finds that certain human trait both good and bad, can be better shown through historical stories than through contemporary ones and hopes that readers will think about those failings as they apply to today.

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Meghan Wilton reviewed on on Nov. 6, 2018

I enjoyed my complentary copy from the author via Voracious Readers Only.
I was unsure how the story would unfold and address the topic of 19th century rape and society. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the story and was quickly hooked by the underlying story.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
blaugh reviewed on on March 14, 2017

I didn't know how I would go knowing there were rapes, so I started off tentatively. Then I found the story unfolded in an interesting and sensitive way, and I liked that we didn't get the full impact of the rapes all at once, but that they were told as reflections, or from the victims experiences. I was soon absorbed and wondering how it would unfold! Impressive hero! All the time I never really suspected what would happen, but I was not disappointed with the ending! I loved the way he worked through his angst and fought to maintain his values and self respect when faced with the power of attraction. The search for justice and being conscious of his own motives and failings marked his character. A gifted storyteller who knows human nature and had me absorbed right to the end! Some parts read like it was a movie, in that the scenes changed very quickly, but it lost nothing. If it was a TV series it could have gone on and on! A satisfying story!
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)

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