A Beggar at the Gate

A Beggar at the Gate Set in nineteenth century British India Thalassa Ali s dazzling debut A Singular Hostage introduced us to Mariana Givens the Englishwoman who risked everything to save a young Indian orphan from c

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  • Title: A Beggar at the Gate
  • Author: Thalassa Ali
  • ISBN: 9780553381771
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Paperback
  • Set in nineteenth century British India, Thalassa Ali s dazzling debut, A Singular Hostage, introduced us to Mariana Givens, the Englishwoman who risked everything to save a young Indian orphan from certain death Now Ali returns to that exotic kingdom beyond the northwestern frontier, where Mariana will come face to face with a different destiny.Two years have passed siSet in nineteenth century British India, Thalassa Ali s dazzling debut, A Singular Hostage, introduced us to Mariana Givens, the Englishwoman who risked everything to save a young Indian orphan from certain death Now Ali returns to that exotic kingdom beyond the northwestern frontier, where Mariana will come face to face with a different destiny.Two years have passed since Mariana left the walled city of Lahore But she s unable to forget its haunting scent of roses or her ill fated marriage to a native born husband that has scandalized Calcutta society and made her an outcast among the English Worse still, she bears the knowledge that she will be forced to give up Saboor the boy believed to be endowed with magical gifts whose life she risked her own to save.Now Mariana must revisit Lahore to return Saboor to his family and request a divorce from Hassan Ali Khan But how can she say good bye to the enigmatic man whose love defied two cultures or the child she s loved as her own As political and civil strife threaten to erupt in violence, she seeks answers in a world no Englishwoman has ever seen And she s driven ever closer to a secret so powerful that it will change her life and the lives of those she loves forever.

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    1. I really enjoyed this series. It was a random find at the library and since I love a good historical romance, these were a nice surprise.

    2. Set in 19th Century India and Punjab, this is a wonderful continuation of a story by Ms Ali of intrigues in the Indian and British courts and politics. The heroine married an Indian in the previous book to protect his small son. She has lived unhappily for the last two years in isolation in Calcutta as her fellow British are appalled by this marriage. Marianne and her step son Saboor travel with a large British caravan to return the boy to his father and ask for an annulment. The boy is known to [...]

    3. Second in a series that begins with "A Singular Hostage" and finishes with "Companions of Paradise," altogether a most satisfying set of romantic historical fiction novels that offer an eye-opening look at the history of the British in 19th century India and Pakistan. This is not your standard romance -- none of the silly formulaic romance traditions -- but the growing relationship between Mariana Givens and the Muslim Hassan Ali Khan was absolutely compelling. Hurrah for an author who can trans [...]

    4. I read this a few years ago and found it absolutely enthralling. It proved to be a very interesting read and I couldnt put it down. I didnt realise it was part of a trilogy though, until I read the reviews here so will definately be looking out for the other two titles to read!

    5. Continuing story of the brave Englishwoman in India in 1841, married to a Punjabi Muslim, torn between two worlds, and the young stepson she protects.

    6. Thalassa Ali takes her readers to another time and place with this story. I had not read the first book of this trilogy, but the author had not left me questioning what had happened. Now I do want to read the third book. I would suggest you find all three books before you start reading.

    7. I liked this book better than the first in the trilogy, perhaps because it spent more time in the household of Miriam's husband, Hassan, than with the British. There is also a new character, the Albino courier Ghulam Ali, whose future becomes entwined with Mariana's. And speaking of character, Mariana's development receives more attention from the author this time -- similar to an Austen heroine or maybe Anne of Green Gables, but with much higher stakes. The story is set at a pivotal point in hi [...]

    8. Loved this book felt it had better pace than the first book. Mariana resolves to divorce the father of her step son and travels to Lahore after the Maharaja Singh has died. However the kingdom is no longer the stable place it once was and there is intrigue from the British who covertly wish to place their flag in this fertile plain.She is captured again by the awesome wisdom and presence of her husbands' family, now she must choose to continue with her ambition to marry in the army or stay with [...]

    9. So many emotions running through my mind, I was so moved with what Mariam had sacrificed. She has braved it all like a white woman and yet embraced her path as a Punjab's wife. Though she had to go through a tough journey to learn the nooks, with all the dreams and wars, she has truly prevail it all. Many unexpected turn of events especially since mixed marriage was abhor back then. Definitely a good read and I didn't expect the book to end as it is.Here's my full review:sholee/2016/09/mpov-be

    10. Možda je ovo previše zvjezdica za ovu knjigu. Ne znam. Ali ja sam njome oduševljen. Nakon onako prosječnog prvog dijela nisam puno očekivao od drugog. Ispočetka mi je bila malo dosadna i mislio da će ova knjiga biti priprema za radnju u zadnjem dijelu. Vjerojatno i je. Ali ni ovoj nije nedostajalo napetosti. Lijep završetak, jako romantičan. Radnja nije išla u onom pravcu u kojem sam mislio da će ići, ali je svejedno odlična. Toplo preporučujem i jedva čekam kada ću doći do tre [...]

    11. A bit of a spoiler:The first in the Paradise Trilogy. It is set in the 1840s, in South Asia. An easy read, rich in setting and historical facts of the time. M. M. Kaye's The Far Pavilions is one of my favourite books, and she gave a positive review. I know that the next time I go to these areas, I want to be able to close my eyes, and imagine what it was like during that time!

    12. I am thoroughly enjoying reading books based on 19th century British india. It is so enthralling Reading this book on same days on a crowded tube made me wish I was one of the ladies living in the zenana in Lahore Excellent book in the romantic historical fiction genre. Looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy

    13. Marianna Givens seeks a divorce from the Indian stranger she has rashly married. The only things standing in her way are her love for his child, whom she has recued, and her fascination with his mystical Muslim family.

    14. Quite a difference between English society and India's. What is a looked down upon in English society, is a totally different way in another country. Most people do not bother to open their eyes and see that each lives their own way and is acceptable to them and to heck what others think.

    15. I had no idea this was the second in a series when I picked it up. But I had no problem following it--plus, I definitely plan to pick up the next one. I enjoyed the comparison in cultures plus with a little romance, love of child, bravery, etc thrown in. Debated between a 3 and 4.

    16. Didn't realize this was part of a trilogy. Quite enjoyed it, although it got off to a slow start. I found myself rooting for the main character and there was a good payoff in the end that made the book a satisfying read.

    17. Started this book was didn't have a chance to finish it before needing to return it. I just grabbed it on a whim and it never pulled me in enough for me to read it with any purpose.

    18. a story about a British lady and a royal sheikh prince. theirs was a spur of the moment decision to spare the life of the little prince. tragic, realistic, bittersweet. good book for a debut.

    19. Could not put it down! Fell in love with it even more. A few tears and an amazement at Mariana's strength.

    20. The second in the trilogy by Ali. Maybe not quite as good as the first, but a necessary continuation of the story. Can't wait to read the next.

    21. A story of trust, betrayal, trust, betrayal and trust again. Your own people may not understand you the best.

    22. Although the beginning was boring and the overall book was not as good as Singular Hostage, I still enjoyed this book. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

    23. wish I would have known this wasn't the first book in the series!!! my mom sent me home with a bunch of bookclub books. Mabey I would have liked it better in order

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