Before The Rains by Dinah JefferiesBefore The Rains by Dinah Jefferies

Before The Rains

byDinah Jefferies

Hardcover | March 28, 2017

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A romantic, heart-wrenching tale of love against the odds from the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author 1930, Rajputana, India. Since her husband's death, 28-year-old photojournalist Eliza's only companion has been her camera. When the British Government send her to an Indian princely state to photograph the royal family, she's determined to make a name for herself. But when Eliza arrives at the palace she meets Jay, the Prince's handsome, brooding brother. While Eliza awakens Jay to the poverty of his people, he awakens her to the injustices of British rule. Soon Jay and Eliza find they have more in common than they think. But their families - and society - think otherwise. Eventually they will have to make a choice between doing what's expected, or following their hearts. . .
Dinah Jefferies was born in Malaysia and moved to England at the age of nine. Her idyllic childhood always held a special place in her imagination, and when she began writing novels in her 60s, she was able to return there - first in her fiction and then on annual research trips for each new novel. Dinah Jefferies is the author of four...
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Title:Before The RainsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 8.8 × 5.6 × 1.3 inPublished:March 28, 2017Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0241287081

ISBN - 13:9780241287088

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Polished Disclaimer: I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. This novel could've done with a few more editorial passes before going on to the market (I doubt much will be done between the advanced copy I have and the finalized copy). The author doesn't have a very good grasp of many writing skills, one being her terrible way at ending scenes that are very reminiscent of a high school student abruptly ending an essay when they have nothing more to say. Natural dialogue is another thing that she didn't have, so a lot of the talking was either boring of cringey. The characters themselves weren't very solid either (besides the occasional mention of a camera and the dark room I didn't feel like main character was much of a photographer - and her mother was laughably one-sided), and a lot of Indian words were used without explanation - or without a memorable one when they were - so that led to some confusion. The first chapter was the first clue that this novel wasn't fully polished. It headjumps from the mother, who you think is the main character, right to the daughter without any scene break. The scene could have been done entirely from the child's point of view so the whiplash confusion wasn't necessary. The characters also displayed such "tolerant" behaviour, like a contemporary mother talking to her child and being okay with everything while speaking in a gentle accepting tone which is so unlike many people, let alone adults. It also didn't feel very culturally different - even the Maharani (former Maharini? I can't recall her current title) felt too Western. The author wasn't too bad with description, but the plot was weak and everything fell into place too obviously and carelessly. She tried to do a little something with a secret which tied in to the subplot with her father, but it wasn't well woven - like the rest of the story, though there was something to it - and was pretty transparent sooner than it should have been. With a bit of work from the author and the editors this could have been something better than a poorly constructed romance. It was unbelievable how it came to be, how it succeeded (there was nothing to think about as the same options were always present and viable - except the younger brother I didn't remember and wasn't sure was even mentioned), and how everything fell into place without much trouble. It's better than some attempts at novels that I've read, and the basics are there, but from what was shown those aren't enough to make this story publish worthy yet. I wouldn't recommend this story in this state as it doesn't even read better than a romance novel.
Date published: 2017-02-21