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The Lushai Girl

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In March 1944, during World War Two and just before the Japanese army's offensive towards Bengal, their gateway to India, Lieutenant Gerald Petrie visits one of his father's tea plantations in Upper Assam, near Nagaland. As heir to the Petrie baronetcy and the Petrie tea empire, he knows the sort of world he will be entering, where British wives deal patience cards 'with the skill of ten thousand evenings'. What he does not expect to find there is the lovely Mary Sachema, a village-school educated Lushai hill girl working for the Warrens.

Against all the dictates of their circumstances Gerald and Mary fall deeply in love, spending just one night together before Gerald is abruptly recalled to his regiment. To Gerald's horror, but in tribal tradition, Mary follows him to the Kohima battlefield. Later, as he lies terribly wounded behind the enemy lines
she finds him and, to the amazement of his commanding officer, Alan Jameson, brings him to safety from a scene of carnage. As Gerald recovers, Mary and Alan realise that he will never walk again.

Scandalising Gerald's family and the co-directors of Petrie India, Mary accepts Gerald's proposal - accepting with it all the pain of a mixed marriage of that period, with an invalid husband, for the sake of love. She bears him a son, conceived before his injuries. And in due course, as his widow, becomes first-ever chairwoman of the Petrie India Company, at a time of far-reaching change.

The Lushai Girl, a 'best-seller' in several countries, was a finalist and runner-up in the Romantic Novelist Association's annual competition for the best romantic novel of the year. It is the highly romantic and deeply moving story of a woman's struggle to come to terms with family tragedy, racial prejudice, commercial manipulation and an India in which national politics have become politics of violence.


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Hardback Editions

May 1988 : UK Hardback

Title: The Lushai Girl (Charnwood Library)
Author(s): Roberta Forrest
ISBN: 0-7089-8452-5 / 978-0-7089-8452-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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September 1986 : UK Hardback

Title: The Lushai Girl
Author(s): Roberta Forest
ISBN: 0-7181-2678-5 / 978-0-7181-2678-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph
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Paperback Editions

October 1987 : UK Paperback

Title: The Lushai Girl
Author(s): Roberta Forrest
ISBN: 0-7221-3589-0 / 978-0-7221-3589-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Kindle Editions

October 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Lushai Girl
Author(s): Roberta Forrest
Publisher: Forrest Webb Productions Ltd
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