Monday, July 13, 2015

Doctor Margaret in Delhi by Waheed Rabbani

02_Doctor Margaret in Delhi_CoverPublication Date: May 5, 2015
Historical Novels Publishing
Formats: eBook, Paperback
308 Pages

Series: The Azadi Trilogy
Genre: Historical Fiction


Doctor Margaret in Delhi is Book 2 of The Azadi Series and a sequel to, Book 1: Doctor Margaret's Sea Chest. This historical fiction novel continues with Margaret's journey from the time she and her Canadian husband participated in the 1854 Crimean War.

Doctor Margaret travels alone to India to be with her parents at the American Presbyterian Mission at Futtehgurh, and then on to her posting at a hospital in Delhi. There she has to not only overcome work pressures, but also deal with her intimidators and intrigues of the Mughals, at the Delhi Red Fort.

Margaret's tormenter since her childhood, Captain Albert, also joins a British regiment bound for service in India. The Russian, Captain Count Nicholai, whom Margaret had met in Crimea, also arrives in India under the guise of a French physician. The events leading up to the Indian Mutiny/Rebellion that breaks out in 1857 profoundly affect not only Margaret's life, but also of those who love her and others’ who wish her harm. Also, mixed-up in the bedlam is one of the Delhi King, Shah Zafar’s, Red Fort’s Guards sepoys, Sharif Khan Bhadur, the grandfather of Doctor Wallidad, an American doctor.

The Azadi Series covers the exciting events and turmoil that enflamed India from 1857 to 1947, and led to her independence. Those incidences engulf the characters of this story at that time, and then later their descendant's lives, again in the 1960s.

My Review
Four Stars
Copy received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review
This book, Doctor Margaret in Delhi by Waheed Rabbani was an easy book to like. One I really enjoy reading about India and it's history. I'm often frustrated with myself with how little I know. It's history is so interesting and fascinating. I really liked how Rabbani combined the elements in this story. The pacing was great, the characters interesting and the setting fantastic. Although the second book in the series, I did not find that I missed out although it would have been nice to read the previous book first. Dr. Margaret Wallace was a fantastic character to read about. She was an inspiring heroine. I really enjoyed reading about the cultural conflicts with the English and the tensions that arose. The attention to detail that the author used in this story made it come alive and I was quickly transported to India with Doctor Margaret. I'm  looking forward to reading more in  this series and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a strong heroine in a fascinating time period with an equally fascinating country.

Praise for Doctor Margaret in Delhi

"Excellent historical fictional setting, voice and tone. Not my normal reading diet, but your voice is compelling. Overall impression: it seems to be a novel one may settle into and relax for a delightful journey--(Spoiler alert) with a cobra and lots of new Indian vocabulary in store. Interesting bit about Robert Clive and the East India Company. Seems it's a story that should be told." - J.T.Bleu

"I have both traveled extensively in India, as well as have researched both past- and present-day India. I found this novel to be not only entertaining, but quite accurate in its portrayal of a highly complex and constantly evolving country. Margaret is an impressive heroine who must navigate this landscape, and deal with men who don't have her bests interests at heart. I would definitely recommend this well-written novel. I learned from it, and I enjoyed it." - 5-star Amazon review by Read More Books  

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About the Author03_Waheed Rabbani

Waheed Rabbani was born in India, close to Delhi, and was introduced to Victorian and other English novels, at a very young age, in his father’s library. Most of the large number of volumes had been purchased by his father at ‘garage sales’ held, by departing British civil service officers, in the last days of the Raj.

Waheed attended St. Patrick’s High School in Karachi, Pakistan. He graduated from Loughborough University, Leicestershire, England, and received a Master’s degree from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. While an engineer by profession, Waheed’s other love is reading and writing English literature, which led him to obtain a Certificate in Creative Writing from McMaster University and start on his fiction writing journey.

Waheed and his wife, Alexandra, are now settled on the shores of Lake Ontario in the historic town of Grimsby. More information is available on his website.

You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Monday, July 6
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Friday, July 10
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Friday, July 17
Interview at The Writing Desk

Sunday, July 19
Review at Carole's Ramblings

Tuesday, July 21
Review at Diana's Book Reviews

Wednesday, July 22
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Thursday, July 23
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