Review published on November 11, 2017.
This is a London-based eye-opener about the lives of Sikh women.
This novel deals with Nikki, a young modern Sikh woman, hired to teach women at a gurdwara in Southall. The classes take an unexpected turn as the Sikh widows have a different agenda. Their stories are revealed as well as a mystery that needs to be resolved. This all leads to a satisfactory conclusion for all involved, with some action at the end.
The book is character-driven mostly, although the plot elements are well-conceived. Having lived in Leicester for 25 years, a lot of the story was familiar to me, dealing with arranged marriages, women’s role in Sikh society, honour killings etc.. It is engaging and enjoyable and worth a read. Recommended but probably more a woman’s novel than a man’s.
Paul Allard 4/4
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