The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark

The Sandalwood Tree

A sweeping novel that brings to life two love stories, ninety years apart, set against the rich backdrop of war-torn India. In 1947, American historian and veteran of WWII, Martin Mitchell, wins a Fulbright Fellowship to document the end of British rule in India. His wife, Evie, convinces him to take her and their young son along, hoping a shared adventure will mend their marriage, which has been strained by war.But other places, other wars. Mart...


Details The Sandalwood Tree

TitleThe Sandalwood Tree
ISBN9781416590590
Author
Release DateApr 5th, 2011
PublisherAtria Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, India, Romance
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Reviews The Sandalwood Tree

  • Elle Newmark
    1970-01-01
    I think The Sandalwood Tree is a humdinger of a story. Of course, I wrote it so I might be biased. It involves two love stories, 90 years apart, set in war-torn India. The research for this book was fascinating. We Americans do not ordinarily study Indian history (world history is usually limited to Europe) and reading about the drama and pageant that was the British Raj was colorful and gripping. I topped off all that reading with a trip to Indi...
  • Angela M
    1970-01-01
    What I liked best about this book was the beautiful, descriptive writing . Just a few pages in and I was there in India seeing what Evie sees as she first arrives in India - flowers , trees ,the market , and the people . I was glad to be reading it on my kindle so I could easily look up the flowers and trees mentioned as well as some of the Indian words and phrases. Many recent books have used the mechanism of alternating stories blending past an...
  • Helen
    1970-01-01
    I had high hopes for The Sandalwood Tree as I love historical fiction set in India - and I'm pleased to say that it didn't disappoint me at all.This novel consists of two storylines, both of which take place during an important period of India's history. In 1947 we meet an American woman, Evie Mitchell, who has moved to India with her husband, Martin, and five-year-old son Billy. Martin, a historian, is planning to study the end of British rule a...
  • Kim
    1970-01-01
    Historical fiction is my favorite genre; that being said, this was a good story.
  • Sandra Bašić
    1970-01-01
    Ova nam knjiga donosi dvije priče, s razmakom od 90 godina. Naime, sada je 1947., godina u kojoj polako prestaje prevlast Britanaca u Indiji. Kako bi upravo tu temu dokumentirao, Martin Mitchell (američki povjesničar i veteran 2. svjetskog rata) otputovat će u Indiju, sa suprugom i petogodišnjim sinom. Njegova supruga Evie pokušava održati brak živim i vratiti onog Martina, kakav je bio prije rata. U obavljanju tog ponekad vrlo teškog za...
  • Ally
    1970-01-01
    Overall I was disappointed in this novel. The characters and the idea of the story were brilliant but the execution was poor. In a novel structured in this way it’s important (in my opinion) that the reader ‘discovers’ the history of the house’s former inhabitants at the same pace as the protagonist. Unfortunately, as a reader, I got to know more about Felicity & Adela than she did and therefore kept forgetting what Evie knew. I wish the ...
  • Sharon
    1970-01-01
    Rich in details and history, The Sandalwood Tree will keep the reader turning pages. A book that teaches while telling a great story is worth reading, and this book meets that criteria. Martin, Evie, and Billy leave Chicago to live in India while Martin, a historian, documents the end of the British Raj. As they settle into a small town amid brilliant color, strange customs, and agonizing poverty, the tapestry of the story begins. Against the wal...
  • Joan
    1970-01-01
    This was an annoying book. Right from page 2 when Evie Mitchell refers to Gandhi as "a skinny little man in a loincloth". I wondered how Indian readers would regard this. One narrative is set mid-20th C with Evie and her husband and son travelling to India on a Fulbright Scholarship. She appreciates the purpose behind the scholarship "to foster a global community" little in the rest of the book indicates she the scholarship is doing that for her....
  • Genia Lukin
    1970-01-01
    It's fluffy, it's cutesy, it takes about a day to read.It's horribly cliche in the most banal ways. Post-traumatic stress is resolved by an epiphany and a resolution. A wife with a promising career in science is happy raising her adorable, blond, beautiful child, and saves her husband through her womanly virtues. India is a place of acceptance and spirituality, flavours and smells, compared to the bland, arrogant West...Et cetera, et cetera. It's...
  • Tara Chevrestt
    1970-01-01
    This is a lovely and informative novel. The setting is India, both 1947 and 1858. There are five love stories in a way.. There's the heroine, Evie and Martin. They are married with a five year old boy. Their marriage was wonderful until Martin went to serve in WW2... now things are falling apart. Evie thought that coming to India would bring them closer together, but they have simply "exported" their unhappiness... In order to save their marriage...
  • Christine
    1970-01-01
    I received this book as part of the First Read giveaway program here at Goodreads. First the GoodI loved the characters, relationships, and themes. I am interested in historical novels that take place in India, and those with a World War II theme. I liked that we got a mix of India during the Raj era, and post WWII. That was an unusual mix. I often felt very touched by this story, and really loved the ending. The characters frequently surprised m...
  • Natalie
    1970-01-01
    Uživala sam u svakom elementu ove knjige: bogata postavka i kultura Indije tijekom dva važna razdoblja u svojoj povijesti, složen lik razvoja i odnosa, bezvremenski kvalitetnih temeljnih tema, zrak - misterija u cijeloj knjizi i uporaba pisama i dnevnika koji se koriste za ispričati priču o prošlosti. Nekoliko puta me nasmijala oko samih likova, često me držala znatiželjnom što se dogodilo dalje; bilo sa likovima u prošlosti, bilo sa l...
  • Misha Mathew
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed Elle Newmark's previous novel, The Book of Unholy Mischief. The Sandalwood Tree was my most awaited book this year. I am glad to say that it more than lived up to my expectations. The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark is an excellent read, the best book I've read this year, till now. I adore books involving long-ago secrets, mysterious letters, strong female protagonists and tragic love stories; this book offered me all of these an...
  • JudithAnn
    1970-01-01
    About the book: There are two storylines in this book. The first is the story of American Evie Mitchell, who has recently moved to India with her husband Martin and their five-year old son Billy. It’s 1947 and there are troubles ahead for India. Martin is researching the process of India becoming independent from England and especially the Partition (in which Pakistan and Bangladesh were formed).Evie isn’t interested in joining the other ex-p...
  • Teresa
    1970-01-01
    I read and reviewed this book as part of the Transworld Reading Group Challenge.I am very partial to well told dual time-frame stories although I usually find the contemporary narrative weaker so this is a rare gem indeed, a dual time frame narrative with both stories set in the past, both in India, one in 1947 and the other in the mid 19th century. I’m delighted to report that both stories drew me in from the opening pages and I was sad to fin...
  • Althea Ann
    1970-01-01
    I couldn't help kinda sorta feeling that this book was intentionally crafted to appeal to Sarah Waters fans. But my feeling could be attributed to the fact that I had Waters' 'The Little Stranger next on my queue, and was impatient to start it. The Sandalwood Tree isn't as good as Waters - but it's still an enjoyable book.; I very much enjoyed the vivid depictions of rural India. However, I felt that the connection between the American woman in I...
  • Darlene
    1970-01-01
    This book is a very easy read, however it did not keep my attention at all. It was to tell two love stories, one from the past(late 1850's) and one in the present(1940's). The past love story involves a young girl who is a lesbian(not really my type of read), however after only one or two chapters(which I am glad about) nothing more happens. She is caught with her "lover" and then ships off to India. A second "love" story from the past involves a...
  • Heidi Burkhart
    1970-01-01
    I wanted to like this book, but as I continued to read I felt like I just wanted it to be over. In all fairness I do think that Newmark is a good crafter of words. The story felt contrived, as there were too many neat and tidy coincidences. I also wondered if Newmark had done her research in India or in books. The story within the story was better, but neither story rang true for me.I especially felt that Evie, the main character was a woman from...
  • Gabi Coatsworth
    1970-01-01
    A terrific read. Elle Newmark did a wonderful job with her evocation of India in the 1850's and in 1947, when racial and religious tensions were high - largely as a result of the British Raj. I never felt she was shoving research down my throat, and yet she must have done a lot of it, because the story includes not only historical background but the sights and smells of India. Even more interesting is her consideration of what it means to come to...
  • Nicky
    1970-01-01
    I loved this story! Was a little slow and boring in the beginning but became a real page turner! Really enjoyed this read
  • Yvann S
    1970-01-01
    “Death steals everything but our stories.”It’s the story of Evie Mitchell, who is in India with her husband in 1947. Martin is documenting history in action during the Partition on a Fulbright scholarship; Evie keeps herself making their little bungalow spotless and teaching English to a few local children. One day, she finds a concealed bundle of letters hidden away in the wall of the bungalow. While she can’t interpret very much of them...
  • Lindsay
    1970-01-01
    I have read and reviewed this novel as part of the Transworld Book Group Reading Challenge.This is a beautifully written, enjoyable to read, dual timeframe novel. In 1947, Evie travelled from Chicago to India with her historian husband Martin and young five year old son Billy. Martin is on a Fulbright scholarship to study the last days of the British rule in the region. Their marriage is on rocky ground since Martin returned from serving in WWII ...
  • LindyLouMac
    1970-01-01
    I am delighted to say that it is thanks to the Transworld Book Challenge that I got to read this engaging and evocative novel. It was my first choice of four titles for this excellent scheme, whereby they send me a book to read and review, once my review is posted they will send me my next choice. This is a great idea that works for authors, publishers, readers and reviewers. I do hope they will do this again as this is a title I may well have mi...
  • Joanne D'Arcy
    1970-01-01
    Evie and Martin through Martins job recording the experiences of Partition move to India from Chicago, America. A cultural move and in some ways shock for all concerned as they both seem to be trying to move from on the past. They are in the centre of where the future is happening in India, as Partition is brought forward Martin recovering from the Second World War and the atrocities he saw, haunts both him and Evie for most of the book until Evi...
  • Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
    1970-01-01
    This review first appeared on my blog: http://www.knittingandsundries.com/20...It is 1947 and Evaleen's husband Martin has received a Fulbright scholarship to document the end of the British Raj in India. Martin fought in the war in Germany, and came back a changed man. Their marriage has suffered because of it, and Evaleen hopes that this stay will help bring them back together. They and their five-year-old son Billy find themselves staying in M...
  • Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
    1970-01-01
    It is the mid-twentieth century and (importantly) the aftermath of WWII. Evie Mitchell, husband and young son travel to India. It is the end of British rule, and the very start of enormous political strife within the country. However, political machinations are mostly a matter of backdrop. In all points, it is individuals who matter in this exquisitely written novel. Parallel love stories twine the lives of Evie and Martin (and a few friends) fro...
  • Eve
    1970-01-01
    I devoured with great realish The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark and so very much looked forward to reading her newest book, The Sandalwood Tree. As she brought to life Venice in The Book of Unholy Mischief, Newmark gives us a colorful and dramatic India as the setting of The Sandalwood Tree. Setting again is key; India almost feels like a major character in The Sandalwood Tree. Here, two storylines almost one hundred years apart pivot a...
  • Rachel
    1970-01-01
    he book is like a story within a story. The book begins with the framing story of a woman, Evie, in 1947, who accompanies her husband and young son to India with the dual purpose of seeking adventure and hoping to mend her failing marriage with a man just returned from World War II, broken. When she discovers a bundle of 90-year-old letters hidden in the wall during a cleaning frenzy, the second story of the friendship between Felicity and Adela ...
  • Anne (Booklady) Molinarolo
    1970-01-01
    3.5 StarsI finished this novel late last night and it is still on my mind. Elle Newmark has filled my mind and heart with beautiful images and sounds of India, circa 1947 and 1857. The Sandalwood Tree. is really two stories - one within a story. In 1947 Evie and Martin Mitchell arrive in India so Martin can document the end of the British Raj. Their marriage is crumbling because of Martin's War experiences - he is withdrawn and full of guilt and ...
  • Carole
    1970-01-01
    We first meet Evie and Martin as they are travelling to their new home in India where an old Sandalwood Tree with long oval leaves and pregnant red pods presided over the front of their new house.Martin had come back from the war with combat fatigue, he wanted everything neat and tidy - it was about control, Evie knew, but she didn't know how to deal with it. By coming to India she hoped that their cracked marriage would be mended with exotic glu...