Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Christine Lindsay's Shadowed in Silk- Review and Giveaway!

“She was invisible to those who should have loved her.

After the Great War, Abby Fraser returns to India with her small son, where her husband is stationed with the British army. She has longed to go home to the land of glittering palaces and veiled women . . . but Nick has become a cruel stranger. It will take more than her American pluck to survive.

Major Geoff Richards, broken over the loss of so many of his men in the trenches of France, returns to his cavalry post in Amritsar. But his faith does little to help him understand the ruthlessness of his British peers toward the Indian people he loves. Nor does it explain how he is to protect Abby Fraser and her child from the husband who mistreats them.

Amid political unrest, inhospitable deserts, and Russian spies, tensions rise in India as the people cry for the freedom espoused by Gandhi. Caught between their own ideals and duty, Geoff and Abby stumble into sinister secrets . . . secrets that will thrust them out of the shadows and straight into the fire of revolution.”

I recently had the opportunity to endorse Christine’s debut release, SHADOWED IN SILK, and I have to say, I was extremely impressed with her vivid descriptions of India in the early 1900s. As a reader who loves being swept away to other places and other times, Christine does just that.

“The familiar scent of Bombay reached out to Abby…she savored a tantalizing whiff of overripe fruit, roses, marigolds and cloves, mingled with the acrid smell of dust.”

“On the quay, a kaleidoscope of color and humanity dazzled Abby’s eyes—Hindu women in saris of every hue, hot pinks, ochre yellows, lime greens.”

“Dust and spices clouded the air. Horns beeped and trolley cars rattled past. Wooden axles on bullock carts squeaked, counterbalanced by the tinkling of bells.”

With phrases like these, you can almost smell the rich spices and feel the hot, dusty breeze against your face.

In bringing us a generous slice of India’s beauty, Christine also manages to weave in a moving love story, adventure, with a colorful yet tragic piece of its history.

If you want to learn more about the story behind the story, be sure and check out Ruth Ann Dell’s interview with Christine.

About the Author:
Christine Lindsay is an award-winning writer of Christian Inspirational Historicals. SHADOWED IN SILK is her debut novel, which won the 2009 ACFW Genesis award in the historical category. Christine, her husband, and their grownup family live in British Columbia, Canada. She loves being Nana to her 3 little grandsons. You can read more about her at her website http://www.christinelindsay.com/ or order Shadowed in Silk here.


Christine has also generously offered to give away an E-book version of the book. Leave a comment below, telling us why you'd love to read this book and you will be entered into the drawing. Contest will close on July 16th at midnight, CST.

LISA HARRIS is a Christy Award nominated author who has over twenty novels and novella collections in print. She and her husband, Scott, along with their three children, live near the Indian Ocean in Mozambique as missionaries. As a homeschooling mom, life can get hectic, but she sees her writing as an extension of her ministry which also includes running a non-profit organization The ECHO Project.

Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.


  1. Firstly I love the cover. The story sounds interesting seeing how life in India in the time would have been interesting. reading about the tension of the day and learning more of the history would be cool. I love the way the hero wants to protect Abby and her child from a husband who is mistreating her when so many would have turned a blind eye. Please enter me.

  2. Lisa, thanks for your review. I have Christine's book in my Kindle at the top of my tbr list and I'm really looking forward to reading Shadowed in Silk soon :)

  3. Hi Jenny, as a fellow member of the British Commonwealth, I hope you do get a copy of SiS. Especially since you like cricket so much. I had a cricket scene in the book but took it out. My Major Geoff enjoys a good cricket match but his favorite sport is polo. One of my favorite fun scenes is the polo tournament.

    And Narelle, I'm thrilled to pieces you already have an E-copy. I sure hope it gives you a few hours of entertainment that is also encouraging to your faith.

  4. I'd love to be entered!

    valerie at valeriecomer dot com

  5. Since I don't use an e-reader, I'll be looking for a copy in my local bookstore. Sounds like a wonderful read.

  6. Christine you know me so well I am a Cricket fanatic. I also love British Columbia or the bits I have seen I stayed with friends on the sunshine coast and up at pemberton and loved it.

    Judith you can read ebooks on the computer both nook and Kindle have free readers for the computer.

  7. This is a wonderful book--rich background and lovely characters, good history. I was privileged to be an early reader and wanted to interview Christine, but you beat me to it, Lisa. Congratulations to you both!

  8. I'm telling all my kids that I want an E-reader for Christmas. So many more books I could afford by reading them that way.

  9. The history of India and the British is always fascinating to me. Shadowed in Silk sounds like a story to tug at my heart with it's troubled marriage and a valiant protector. I'd love a chance to win!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  10. Nice to meet another reader of British Raj stories. My teen years were filled with the images from the great MM KayƩ's novels, Far Pavilions and Shadow of the Moon.

    So I set out to write a book in a similar vein but from a Christian point of view.

  11. I'd love to have the ebook. I am re-writing my YA book set in China, and I love stories from other countries.

  12. Congratulations to Merry who is the winner of Christine Lindsay's Shadowed in Silk! Thanks to all of you who dropped by and left a comment. Christine will contact you privately, Merry.

  13. Congratulations Merry, I've just sent you an email. Hope to hear from you soon so I can send you that free eBook.

    And thank you to everyone else for your so encouraging comments. You have blessed me so much.

    Thank you Lisa. You already know how much I think of you.