Under the Jeweled Sky

Under the Jeweled Sky London In a bid to erase her past and build the family she yearns for Sophie Schofield accepts a wedding proposal from ambitious British diplomat Lucien Grainger When he is posted to New Delhi
  • Title: Under the Jeweled Sky
  • Author: Alison McQueen
  • ISBN: 9781402288760
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Paperback
  • Under the Jeweled Sky
    London 1957 In a bid to erase her past and build the family she yearns for, Sophie Schofield accepts a wedding proposal from ambitious British diplomat, Lucien Grainger When he is posted to New Delhi, into the glittering circle of ex pat high society, old wounds begin to break open as she is confronted with the memory of her first, forbidden love and its devastating consLondon 1957 In a bid to erase her past and build the family she yearns for, Sophie Schofield accepts a wedding proposal from ambitious British diplomat, Lucien Grainger When he is posted to New Delhi, into the glittering circle of ex pat high society, old wounds begin to break open as she is confronted with the memory of her first, forbidden love and its devastating consequences The suffocating conformity of diplomatic life soon closes in on her This is not the India she fell in love with ten years before when her father was a maharaja s physician, the India of tigers and scorpions and palaces afloat on shimmering lakes the India that ripped out her heart as Partition tore the country in two, separating her from her one true love The past haunts her still, the guilt of her actions, the destruction it wreaked upon her fragile parents, and the boy with the tourmaline eyes Sophie had never meant to come back, yet the moment she stepped onto India s burning soil as a newlywed wife, she realised her return was inevitable And so begins the unravelling of an ill fated marriage, setting in motion a devastating chain of events that will bring her face to face with a past she tried so desperately to forget, and a future she must fight for A story of love, loss of innocence, and the aftermath of a terrible decision no one knew how to avoid.
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  • Alison McQueen

    Born in the sixties to an Indian mother and an English jazz musician father, Alison McQueen grew up in London and worked in advertising for 25 years before retiring to write full time Her acclaimed 2012 epic novel, The Secret Children, was inspired by her own family history, and has been translated into several foreign languages Alison s latest novel, Under The Jewelled Sky, winner of the prestigious 2014 EMBA Prize, is published by Orion UK and by Sourcebooks US Alison is also author of the popular HOUSEWIFE novels, written under her married name and featured on the Richard Judy Show published by Macmillan between 2005 and 2011 In 2006, Alison was selected from a long list of 500 writers to join The Writers Circle a one off project put together by the UK US film industry to nuture and fast track the UK s top 10 rising writing talents into screenwriting.Alison McQueen lives in rural Northamptonshire with her family She is currently working on her 8th novel.

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  • After reading Under the Jewelled Skyby Alison McQueen, I can t stop myself from quoting Rumi, the Persian poet s remarkable words, Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing there is a field I ll meet you there When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about If I ve to express the book, Under the Jewelled Skyin few short words, then I would say Painful, raw and deeply moving All thanks to the author, Alison McQueen, for sending me over the copy of her book, in retur [...]


  • What could be better than an historical fiction novel set in India during a time when the country was fighting for its independence I had high hopes for Under the Jeweled Sky I thought it was the perfect way to learn about the culture and history of India while reading an enchanting love story that features star crossed lovers Doesn t that seem like the ideal combination Sophie Schofield returns to England to visit her mother It s obvious from the moment Victoria opens the door that there is som [...]


  • Under the Jewelled Sky by Alison Mcqueen Read October 2013 From page one you are drawn into the story with its rhetorical questions standing unanswered Daughter comes home after many years There are so many questions This is the story of Sophie Schofield who goes to India with her parents her father, a doctor, works for a maharajah There she finds herself in love with tragic consequences Ten years later she returns to India as the wife of a Diplomat The India she lives in is very different from [...]


  • Under the Jewelled Sky by Alison McQueen is a well written and sumptuously evocative novel about India, where the country is one of the integral characters Set at the time of Partition and a decade or so later, the writing style is so atmospheric, that it draws the reader back to the mid 1900s, when there was huge political upheaval and huge change, as the British began to take their leave On occasion the writing mirrors the language of the era, the period of the formal, slightly stilted Queen s [...]


  • Full review available on MINA S BOOKSHELF minadecaro 2014 0 If you have a soft spot for narratives that draw you in exotic locales, moral codes and social settings of a distant time, then Under The Jeweled Sky by Alison McQueen will enchant you A star crossed love story set against the backdrop of the British expat circles during the mid century political upheaval that tore India, McQueen s novel truly is an epic tale of love and loss beautifully choreographed and flourishing with a wealth of su [...]


  • Under the Jewelled Sky is the story of Sophie, an English diplomat s wife, who returns to India, a place that holds a special place in her heart She has so many memories of India, both good and bad, and she is not sure whether she ever wanted to come back to India in the first place This story has star crossed lovers and a fantastic setting to boot set against a fascinating historical background.I really enjoyed this story It started out a little bit slowly for me but ended up being really good [...]


  • A pair of star crossed lovers torn apart by their parents and a society who refuse to acknowledge their undying love for one another As their lives move on separately but always seemingly guiding each other back to one another, they witness tragedies in the extreme, beauty in the simplest of things, and hope in the lowliest of times They live for the idea that they once again might be together in the India they love and as a family they were always meant to be.This book has so much going for it, [...]


  • Alison McQueen manages to provide a little romance and a little history without going too far in either direction, and perhaps that s what makes this book a middle of the road read The story line maintained And that is enough for some readers But the history of India is rich with strife and the love affair of forbidden races could really have taken this to something beyond general maintenance McQueen clearly knows her subject matter and her characters, and this solid historical romance will be s [...]


  • Originally reviewed at Regular readers of the blog might know that it s quite rare when I read and review historical fiction or books with a similar subject matter I ve never really been interested in this genre and on the rare occasion when I did pick up a historical novel, I never seemed to enjoy it as much as I should have However, there was something about Under the Jewelled Sky possibly the idea of love and loss and a past better forgotten which really piqued my curiosity and I decided to r [...]


  • I will preface my review by stating that historical romance is not my preferred genre When I requested this title, I found it classified under literary fiction.Sophie Grainger arrives in India in 1957 with her diplomat husband This is not her first time in the subcontinent since she lived there ten years earlier when her father was a maharaja s physician During her first stay in India, she had an unconventional relationship with Jag, the son of an Indian servant, and the repercussions of that re [...]


  • Under the Jeweled Sky opens in a terrible time in history for India, just before the Partition Sophie is a teenager and her father moves her and her mother to India to work as a doctor at a palace Sophie doesn t have a lot to do there but she enjoys wondering around the palace looking at all it has to offer She is not really allowed into some of the places she goes and when she meets a teen Indian boy, Jag, he shows her all kinds of secret passages.Sophie and Jag become fast friends but when his [...]


  • 18 year old Sophie moves to India in 1947 along with her physician father and her perpetually angry mother, Veronica Sophie s father has accepted a position as personal doctor to the Maharaja, so Sophie is thrusted into the unknown world of India and the Maharaja s opulent palace The problem is there isn t much for her to do there There are no other girls her age, so she finds herself wandering about the palace While wandering, she meets Jag, who is her age, and the son of a palace servant Norma [...]


  • gerberadaisydiaries 20What would you do for love To what lengths would you travel Sophie Schofield, a young British colonialist living with her parents in India after WWII, learns that true love knows no boundaries, even if it is love for a servant boy within the maharaja s palace, for whom she is forbidden to see.Author Alison McQueen, in epic form, recreates the life of British colonialism in India with a story that is as vast as the country itself I was swept away by the love story of Sophie [...]


  • This book takes place in 1947 and 1957 Sophie first comes with her mother and father to India as her father becomes a doctor for a maharajah It s a small world, her mother suffocates her and she finds a friend and her life is changed India becomes a country and fast forward to 1957 This time Sophie comes to India with her new husband, it s a different country from what she remembers Still again she feels suffocated What to say about this book, what will I remember from it Well, it made me cry I [...]


  • I love reading novels set in India, especially when it s filled with rich imagery and a nod to India s history and culture Each time I opened up the pages of the beautifully written novel Under the Jeweled Sky by Alison McQueen, I was transported to India during the turbulent 1940s and 1950s.Sophie has finally returned to India after her marriage to Lucien, an officer in the British Foreign Office Ten years ago, she lived in a maharajah s palace when her father was employed as the palace doctor [...]


  • Beautiful cover on this book I liked the way the story shifted between the present and the past The author did a good job of creating characters that you liked and others you loathed The book begins well The first chapter is intriguing You want to read to find out why the mother is so hateful Much of the middle of the book is just okay.I kept reading because I just kept thinking the next chapter was going to be interesting It isn t until the last 80 pages, or so, the story finally becomes the [...]


  • One of the best books I ve read this year, an extended read for my Reading Challenge A bit of Indian history but so well written in between a forbidden romance between two teenagers, one a British subject and an Indian guy.


  • Sophie Schofield accepts a wedding proposal from Lucien Grainger, an ambitious British diplomat It is 1957 When he accepts a posting to New Delhi, into the glittering circle of ex pat high society, old wounds begin to break open as Sophie is confronted with the memory of her first forbidden love and its devastating consequences.But this is not the India she fell in love with 10 years before when her father George was a physician to the maharaja This was the India of tigers and scorpions and pala [...]


  • Stunning, captivating and touching The words come together to create a highly visual journey Thought provoking insight into a historic time and place McQueen s ability to conjure empathy hit its height in the final chapters, tying together a joyful and fulfilling ending to a complex tapestry of truth and fiction.


  • This was beautifully written and provided a snapshot of history during a tumultuous time It evoked a variety of emotions in me as I read it the endurance of love, frustration at the constraints of society, hope for the future, disappointment in parents, and the sadness of loss.



  • My original review follows below, but I just finished a re read of this most excellent book for my book group meeting next Monday and had to update my review to tell everyone that it is just as good the second time as it was the first time Ms McQueen s characterizations are masterful and I enjoyed spending time with the people in this novel again.I just finished this wonderful novel set in India during the end of the British Raj and the years of upheaval and violence that followed the partition [...]


  • I really enjoyed this novel an easy read it seemed to be a little of a romance novel than I would normally like, however, for that reason, I actually LOVED IT It inspired me to learn about India post Britain May read her other novel


  • Alison McQueen Under the Jeweled Sky is the story of star crossed lovers Jag and Sophie who while meant for each other, couldn t have met at a less opportune time Their paths cross in an India which is going under a drastic change an India that is finally getting a chance to rid itself of the shackles of a forced anarchy in than one ways They cross paths in the India of 1947, finding its way into liberation from the British Monarchy and coming into its own as an independent nation and not a Bri [...]


  • Oh dearwhere to start When I first started this book I feel in love on the first page I was so intrigued It was a mystery that I wanted to solve page by page I wasn t in a rush, it was one of those warm glows that feels oh so very lovely that you just want to savor it bit by delightful bit I still felt this way at 30% If anything, I was even smitten with this novel I loved the Sophie, the main character, despite her naivety I loved Jag I loved India and all of the settings.The Palace The romanc [...]


  • I m so ashamed to admit this, but I really didn t think I would enjoy this novel going into it Yeah, the cover is absolutely gorgeous, but was I really going to enjoy a story that took place in India in the 1940s and 1950s, where India is fighting for its independence Well, with such complex characters and strong romance, there was no way I couldn t fall in love with this story When her father moves their family to India in order to take on the position as a physician to a maharaja, Sophie finds [...]


  • Under the Jeweled Sky by Alison McQueen is my favorite type of romance novel the tale of star crossed lovers The emotion and angst is thick from the opening pages immediately drawing a reader in to Sophie s enduring heartache As she stands in the garden peering over flowers and contemplating the memories associated with a tarnished doorknocker readers immediately understand this won t be a light romantic read Sophie gathers the strength to knock, her mother opens the door and the cold tension be [...]


  • Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, The Unread It s not often I give up on a book, but in this case I struggled to make the halfway point before deciding that life is too short and precious a thing for me to waste any of it reading a story I really didn t get on with Still, I m sure I learned valuable lessons about what does and doesn t work for me in a novel in the process, and thus I am hopefully a better person for the hours I spent on it.The book jumps around a lot between the late 19 [...]


  • I don t usually read historicals that take place in the 20th century gasp the century I was born in has become historical mainly because it does feel too close to home, not enough like times past , know what I mean So why did I make an exception for this book Well, the blurb caught me It hinted at soapie style scandal and revelations, and the type of sweeping sagas I devoured when I was younger and had way free time And it s set in India My ancestors hail from India, so anything with ties to th [...]


  • Far away from post World War II London, Sophie Schofield, 18, finds herself at the magnificent palace of a Maharaja, where her Father is posted as a Physician Sophie s life is changed forever when she meets Jag, the son of a palace servant in the hidden corridors of the palace Their secret friendship turns into forbidden love, which is as intense as it is heartbreaking Being on opposite sides of the social spectrum, Sophie and Jag s love is doomed, their lives are never meant to be joined by lov [...]


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