Author(s): Fiona McIntosh
Isla Fenwick, a doctor's daughter, is keen for adventure - but she's just accepted the marriage proposal of a perfectly well-suited gentleman lawyer. He allows her to take up a six-month medical position in India, on the condition that she will return by Christmas to marry him. She takes on the role of assistant to a doctor working in tropical medicine in India's north, a place rampant with fatal diseases. Isla is warned that she will be no match for the remote and unpleasant Dr Saxon Vickery. The pair clash instantly, but Isla is intrigued by his kindly bedside manner. When Vickery becomes gravely ill during a punishing schedule over a cholera outbreak, it is Isla who possesses the knowhow and skills to pull him through. She removes him to convalesce at a friend's tea plantation and alone nurses him back to health. But is Isla's independent, romantic existence at risk - and will she choose duty over desire? Set in the stunning foothills of the Himalayas, this is a grand sweeping adventure about peril and passion.