Return to Mandalay by Rosanna Ley

Review published on January 29, 2017.

Eve Gatsby has been brought up with her grandfather’s stories of Mandalay before and during World War II. In her job as an antiques restorer, she takes special interest in antiquities from the East and when her employer asks her to travel to Burma she can’t believe her luck. However, when her grandfather hears about her visit, he asks her to return a special artefact to its rightful owner. Eve doesn’t realise how dangerous this request will prove to be, although with the help of the handsome but enigmatic Ramon and solid reliable Klaus, who she thought was simply a fellow tourist, but who is in fact much more, she does her best to carry out her grandfather’s wish and in doing so finds out even more about her grandfather’s life as a young man. I could easily have missed this book as it’s cover doesn’t do it justice. It was very interesting with its descriptions of life in Mandalay both today and in the 30s and 40s. The story was quite intriguing and I really enjoyed it.

Val James 4/3

Return to Mandalay by Rosanna Ley
Quercus 9781782067627 pbk May 2014

 

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