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Where The Bulbul Sings

Written by Serena Fairfax

Genre: Contemporary Romance


The past and the present interweave - from the last days of the Raj to the present day, and from the small railway town of Ajeemkot and the princely state of Walipur to the cutting edge of the modern city of Delhi, and Sivalik - a pine scented hill station in the foothills of the Himalayas.

In this atmospheric, passionate and poignant account of a clash of cultures, caste and creed, divided family loyalties, wealthy heartthrobs and the power of love, the story is told through three women whose lives entwine.

Hermie - a headstrong and bewitching Anglo-Indian - turns her back on the Anglo-Indian community and reinvents herself only to find that a dark secret threatens to send her life spiralling out of control and cost her everything.

Sharp-witted Edith, exiled in India from her native Germany by Nazi persecution, faces stark choices in a future very different from that she envisaged.

Enchanting Kay, separated by more than a generation from Hermie and Edith, is haunted by a family mystery and risks her prospects in London to pursue a quest for roots in India where fate hurtles her in an unexpected direction. Can they confront the storms or are their dreams destined to shatter?

An excerpt from

Where The Bulbul Sings

Here's what

Fans are saying

At the core of this book is what is meant to be an Anglo-Indian and this provides a compelling thematic backbone. Set in India the novel has an interwoven, complex plot and a dynamic clutch of characters projected against a timeframe from the last tumultuous days of the Raj to the magnetism of the present day.

The research into the Anglo-Indian community is expertly sewn in and the plot moves forward confidently and insightfully via diverse circumstances and poignant, glamorous and atmospheric rural and urban scenarios. The rigidity of caste and creed, the courage to cross boundaries, and the moral uncertainties sweep the reader along in an exotic page-turner.

The dialogue is fresh, the narrative versatile, and the tension strong and varied and there's a compelling story line. And the book's not without humour and sly one-liners.

The closure is romantically satisfying.

The book doesn't disappoint and would be great as a film or TV mini series.

— Granny K

Beautifully set

Serena Fairfax's 'WHERE THE BULBUL SINGS' is a well constructed novel and an easy read.

The setting of the Indian backdrop is exquisitely described, whilst the story line of the Anglo-Indian community, from the days of the Raj to the present, supports a cast of 'real' characters from the immensely wealthy to Hermie, an attractive Anglo-Indian, trying to bury her past by re-inventing herself in a move to New Delhi.

Intrigue, passion, deep secrets exposed, loves and losses, combines with family ties and the underlying cultural clamps.

You'll get caught up in the energetic flow of relationships laced with humour as Serena cleverly knots the numerous threads with an unexpected ending.

The subject of the Anglo-Indians has had little airing and this gives a snapshot of the issues experienced, an eye opener.

Author Bio

Serena Fairfax

I spent my childhood in India, qualified as a Lawyer in England and joined a large London firm.

Romance is hardwired into my DNA so my novels include a strong romantic theme. However, I broke out of the romance bubble with one, which is a quirky departure in style and content.

Fast forward to a sabbatical from the day job when I traded in bricks and mortar for a houseboat which, for a hardened land lubber like me, turned out to be a big adventure.

Apart from writing and reading (all kinds of books),a few of my favourite things are collecting oldmasks, singing (in the rain) and exploring off thebeaten track.

I'm a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, which is a very supportive organisation. My golden retriever, Inspector Morse, who can't wait to unleash his own Facebook page, and I divide our time between London and rural Kent. (Charles Dickens said: Kent, sir. Everybody knows Kent. Apples, cherries, hops and women).