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Margaret Powling

Thank you, Danielle, for handing over the blog to Alison, as your guest for today. This book is on its way to me as we speak, so I've just skimmed this so as not to be influenced by anything I read about the book, but I shall return to this and Danielle's review after I have read it. Needless to say, I'm very much looking forward to it.


What an interesting post. Thank you Alison - I am definitely going in search of both this book and The Secret Children now.


Many thanks to Alison for sharing a bit about her inspiration and writing process. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did--and I am like you--I like to know as little of the plot going into a story--you'll have to check back and read the post in full when you finish!


I think you'll like her newest--now, of course I want to read more about India--a place I have read very little about. I am going to look for her other book, too!

Margaret Powling

I am very much looking forward to this book, as already mentioned. My late father was in the RAF before and during WW2 and spent 4 years in India (before Partition) in Karachi and other places. He loved his time there and I am so looking forward to reading more about it, even in fiction for there is much fact in good fiction (if that makes sense!)


Thanks to Alison for sharing about her writing and the story of her mother. So fascinating!


Yes, it makes perfect sense and that is what I especially liked about Alison's book. There was lots to learn but it didn't feel like learning during the reading, if that makes sense. And how interesting about your father--he must have had some really interesting stories to share!


Yes, many thanks to Alison! It's always interesting to hear how a writer works--I find that endlessly fascinating, too!


Thanks for inviting her. It's always so interesting to hear from authors.


Thank you Danielle and Alison for sharing this! I also love to hear how writers start their stories. Looking forward to reading this one!


I think you will like it! I love hearing what the inspiration for the story was--and it was very kind of Alison to post here!

Alison McQueen

Thank you so much for having me on A Work In Progress. Wishing you all happy reading and sending warm greetings from chilly England.


It was very kind of you to post here Alison. Many thanks and thanks for writing such a wonderful book! I hope there is another in the works? Hopefully spring is not too far off for either of us!

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