I am always drawn to stories set in India and that is why I picked this book up years ago. It has sat in my stacks until finally this year it made it to the top to meet one of my reading challenge goals. I don't know why I waited so long. While it did start a bit slow it evolved into a story I ended up loving. I thought the author did a great job in growing her characters through the story and in presenting the glaring differences in post war Britain and traditional India. I also thought the tensions that were present in India towards Britain and British citizens as they tried to get on their feet after hard won independence was well told and incorporated into the story. Wrapped in a family saga the author was able to explore the Indian midwife history and how caste plays a part in that, racism, British/Indian tensions, tradition and modern clashes, fitting in, love, betrayal and forgiveness. The up and down relationships that encompasses Kit's life kept me engaged in how real the author wrote them. I thought this a wonderful story that opened my eyes to a lot of things.
I rated it a 9.5/10