Goddess of Fire

Goddess of Fire

eBook - 2015
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A remarkable novel of a young widow following her dreams Moorti - widowed at just 17 and about to be burned on her husband's funeral pyre - is saved from the fire by a mysterious Englishman. Taken to safety and given employment by her saviour Job Charnock, Moorti, renamed Maria, must embrace her new life amongst the English traders. But the intelligent and talented Maria is not content to be a servant for the rest of her life, and seizes the opportunity to learn English. This, she hopes, will bring her closer to the kind and gentle Job. But with so many obstacles in her path, will she be able to overcome adversity and danger in the pursuit of her dreams? Filled with the heat and beauty of India, Maria's story of compassion, hope and love lingers long after the final page.
Publisher: [United States] : Severn House Digital : Made available through hoopla, 2015.
ISBN: 9781780107134
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Oct 24, 2017

I had trouble connecting with the story line of this story. It just seemed so implausible that a poor widow could become so important to a British leader of the British East India company. But if you aren’t familiar with the Indian custom of sati, the widow being burned along with her dead husband, you’ll have your eyes opened in this book. While the story seems contrived, Kirchner has used the story line to highlight the challenges faced by Indian employees in the 1700’s when Britain took control of India.


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