Olivia And Jai

Olivia And Jai

by Rebecca Ryman

Set in 1840s India, this tale of star-crossed lovers packs a powerful punch. When Olivia, a forthright young American, comes to live with her very proper British relatives, she falls headlong into love with angry, half-caste Jai. Olivia believes nothing will ever diminish her love for Jai, but can it withstand the terrible revenge he is planning to take on the people who betrayed him? Ryman has done a good job of portraying the closed, rigidly stratified colonial society; against this background her vibrant, passionate main characters compel attention. Occasional lapses into overheated prose are disconcerting but don't impede the story's flow. Suspense, exotic locales, and strong-willed lovers make this novel a treat for romance readers.

  • Series: Olivia and Jai
  • Language: English
  • Category: Historical
  • Rating: 4.14
  • Pages: 644
  • Publish Date: April 29th 1993
  • Isbn10: 0749306718
  • Isbn13: 9780749306717

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I have a big problem with novels set in colonial India: they all have to measure up, whether I will it or no, to the arch-famous The Far Pavilions, that by virtue of reading it first as much as its authors craftiness, is the golden standard for me personally. Novel X is inferior even if by the same author, Novel Y is too much of a wannabe and a poorer copy at that, Novel Z has a character that smells of rip-off I have two other smaller problems as well: they all seem to focus way too much on the buildup towards the Sepoy Rebellion, often devoting dozens of pages to dialogue in which the enlightened and pro-native character lays out his wise political advice that contrasts with the narrow-minded stupidity of the rest of his caste. And we have Jai Raventhorne, not as mysterious as the author tried to present him since its easy to guess his hot buttons from the first appearance.

And yet I still read 300 pages in hopes that I was mistaken, in hopes that Jai wasn't a psychopath and Olivia really did have a brain in her head ...nope OK, I read my share of misunderstood heroes. You lie to hide your own delusions..You fabricate a hate that does not exist. "Don't love me, Olivia...I could have killed you.

Rating: 4.5 stars Screwed-up brooding badboys make my heart and loins a-flutter, and Jai is one hell of a tortured soul. They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and Olivia's obsessional love for Jai turns into obsessional hatred; she'll stop at nothing till her revenge is complete.

Just when it seems Olivia and Jai may be able to surmount the problems of his past and find love, Jai's obsession with destroying the Templeton's takes him on a path that utterly destroys Olivia's love for him and sends her on a path of building her own business ventures to enact her revenge against Jai. This was a wonderful tale of love and revenge that will have you reading well into the wee hours of the morning, by page 250 or so I literally didn't come up for air until I finished it.

How to describe such magnificent book except by saying that : it MUST be read.

We first meet Olivia ORourke, a 23 years old American with an unusual education and lots of character, during her stay in India where she spends a year with her maternal aunt, Lady Bridget Templewood, and her family. The young woman is completely in love for this new land and its culture. One evening, during a ball, she meets a mysterious man, Jai Raventhorne. If the young woman accepts her feelings more easily, Jai tries to keep his distances at first and warns her often that despite his love, he cannot give her what she wants. If I couldnt sometimes suspend my disbelief when I read about Olivia leaving the house all alone and spend hours in the local markets or riding, I did enjoy her curiosity about the Indian culture and the fact that she tried to break free from the quite strict British society rules and seek for something else. Her love for Jai might seem sometimes a bit naïve and suddenly excessive, but its her first love and she was completely swept away by the dark and mysterious young man.

We first meet Olivia ORourke, a 23 years old American with an unusual education and lots of character, during her stay in India where she spends a year with her maternal aunt, Lady Bridget Templewood, and her family. The young woman is completely in love for this new land and its culture. If the young woman accepts her feelings more easily, Jai tries to keep his distances at first and warns her often that despite his love, he cannot give her what she wants. Olivia is in love and she never imagined Jais revenge towards her family or the unbearable pain caused by his treason Olivia is a charming mix of wisdom and innocence. If I couldnt sometimes suspend my disbelief when I read about Olivia leaving the house all alone and spend hours in the local markets or riding, I did enjoy her curiosity about the Indian culture and the fact that she tried to break free from the quite strict British society rules and seek for something else. Her love for Jai might seem sometimes a bit naïve and suddenly excessive, but its her first love and she was completely swept away by the dark and mysterious young man.

Great Book & Great love story.