Maya and James journey starts with an idyllic, sumptuous fairy tale wedding of someone for whom James is the "fourth" photographer. It is a typical Bollywood style wedding and the accommodation and the luxury is overwhelming. What follows their journey in India is also typical. Ranging from horrible train journeys to middle of the road guest houses interspersed with the beauty and culture of India the story is almost a travel memoir.
The romance part of the story is that James and Maya are unsure of their own personal wants. At some point in their travels Maya knows that she wants a baby. She has just left her friend Nena back home with an adorable baby and this has set off Maya's yearning for a baby for herself. James does not seem to want the commitment, just yet.
In the same time frame of the story - a separate story of Nena and Tom is played out. Nena coping with motherhood, trying to be the "best" mother and maintaining a facade which will crack soon. Tom knowing something is not quite right, but not knowing how to put it right.
Then we have the missing French girl Manon - which has been covered by the International Press. The girl missing initially from Vietnam, then spotted in Thailand and now it is told at a very later stage that the girl has a mental illness and this adds to the problem of trying to locate her.
How the three widely different stories are linked, all with the background of exotic travel starting from the luxurious and going to the spartan, back packing lifestyle and finally coming to what James and Maya actually want from their lives.
Descriptive and captivating as any travel memoir, the story of James and Maya and the other characters all blend in well.
Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Aria.
Sounds very intriguing. Now I'm curious as to how it all ties together!ReplyDelete
I love when different storylines are blended well. This sounds like fun!ReplyDelete
A travel memoir like this sounds like one I'd enjoy right about now. Thank you.ReplyDelete
There's a lot going on in this novel!ReplyDelete
This is a new to me title. I love the sound of it. I am glad you enjoyed it, Mystica.ReplyDelete
Sounds like a good one.ReplyDelete