Of Marriageable Age by Sharon Maas is a great and interesting take on forbidden love, family pride and following family duty, all well being directed by fate and free will. I can honestly say that I missed my bus stop while reading this book!
The story focuses on Savitiri, who born to servants but raised with the young master in prewar Madras; Nataraj, taken from an orphanage at a young age by the Doctor and raised in rural south India in the hopes that he will one day follow in his father's footsteps if he can survive school in the West; and Saroj, who spends the first part of her life as the dutiful, quiet daughter of her strict, Hindu father in Guyana, South America, until her father starts talk of an arranged marriage, causing her to embrace her dreams and fight for a life she dreams of.
I loved the way these stories were intertwined. At first it was a little difficult with the jumping time periods but as long as you remembered which time line you were reading then it was great to see how the past and future would ultimately meet up.
I thought it had another great feature with the Ma character. How often do we really know our own parents and their histories and stories? Especially as we get older and start looking at our parents as people rather then just the caretakers. I just thought it was great to see that mirrored and expressed so succinctly in this novel!
It also gives you some interesting details about the history of India and Guyana which I thought was pretty awesome! I am always glad to read a good story and learn new things at the same time!
You can grab this great book at amazon for under 3 bucks! Definitely a worthwhile buy and a great read!!