Zemindar by Valerie Fitzgerald (1981, Hardcover)

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Zemindar
by Valerie Fitzgerald
Publisher:  Bantam Books
Copyright 1981
Book Club Edition

A magnificent love story unfolds against a backdrop of exotic splendor and stirring deeds as young Englishwoman Laura Hewitt journeys to the East -- and to the fabled fiefdom of the Zemindar, Guardian of the Earth.

He is Oliver Erskine, hereditary ruler of his private kingdom, commander of his own native army -- and brother of the man she loves.

Subject of Britain's Queen, but also a son of India, he walks the tightrope between treason to the Crown and betrayal of his own beloved land.

Challenging Laura to discover "the real India," he guides her through a world both beautiful and dangerous, lit with splendor and torn by despair.

Laura is alternately bewitched and repelled by Oliver's world -- and by the Zemindar himself:  arrogant and demanding, lustful and compassionate, tender and persuasive.  He infuriates her, invades her soul -- and claims her as his own.  Then, as a tidal of rebellion engulfs even the enchanted reaches of Oliver's estate, Laura is forced to confront her own divided loyalties, her own mutinous heart.

Not since The Far Pavilions has a novel so captured the essence of the fabulous East; not since Gone with the Wind has there been a love story so intense and so memorable.

Condition:  Used.  Hardcover.  Dust cover.  Pages are tanned and darkening from age.  Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper.  Dust cover and flaps are tanned from age.  Dust cover shows a bit of edge wear and tear and creasing.

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