Set in nineteenth-century british india, thalassa ali√¢ooωooωs dazzling debut,a singular hostage, introduced us to mariana givens, the englishwoman who risked everything to save a young indian orphan from certain death. Now ali returns to that exotic kingdom beyond the northwestern frontier, where mariana will come face-to-face with a different destiny.two years have passed since mariana left the walled city of lahore. But she√¢ooωooωs unable to forget its haunting scent of roses or her ill-fated marriage to a native-born husband that has scandalized calcutta society and made her an outcast among the english. Worse still, she bears the knowledge that she will be forced to give up saboor√¢ooωooωthe boy believed to be endowed with magical gifts whose life she risked her own to save.now mariana must revisit lahore to return saboor to his family and request a divorce from hassan ali khan. But how can she say good-bye to the enigmatic man whose love defied two cultures√¢ooωooωor the child she√¢ooωooωs loved as her own? As political and civil strife threaten to erupt in violence, she seeks answers in a world no englishwoman has ever seen. And she√¢ooωooωs driven ever closer to a secret so powerful that it will change her life√¢ooωooωand the lives of those she loves√¢ooωooωforever.
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