Mango Bay written and self-published by Serena Fairfax is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
Jazz clubs, yacht clubs, aunty bars and a Bollywood beauty shadowed by her pet panther. This is glamorous Bombay in the late 1950s.
Love has blossomed in London between vivacious Scottish Presbyterian, Audrey, and clever Indian lawyer, Nat Zachariah.
When the happy newlyweds move to Nat’s exotic homeland and the striking family villa, Audrey must deftly navigate the rituals, secrets, intrigues and desires of his Bene Israel Jewish community, and adjust to perplexing new relatives.
In time, the past unlocks, old family ties unravel, lies are exposed and passions run high as different generations fall out. Then something shocking happens that undoes everything. Will this marriage that has crossed boundaries survive?
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This is the first book I’ve read by Serena Fairfax and what I really enjoyed about Mango Bay is the author’s vivid descriptions of a land and culture that is filled with an assault of the senses. India is filled with life, colour, tantalising tastes and aromas and this certainly came across with the author’s words.
Mango Bay is a family saga that started it’s joruney back in London in the 1950’s when a young couple fell in love. Nothing unusual in that but Audrey, a young woman from Scotland and Nat, a young Indian lawyer, knew that their coupling would shake a few feathers. Back in the 1950’s mixed race marriages in the UK were quite rare but when Audrey moves to India to be with Nat as his wife this mixed race marriage sets the gossip train going.
For young Audrey to leave her family back in the UK and move thousands of miles to India takes some adjusting. The structure of an Indian family is very formal and decision are mostly overseen by the head of the family. Audrey soon worked out the relationships and status of each family member and found herself adjusting to married life. However, now Nat was back in the bosom of his family and homeland he seemed a little aloof with Audrey.
India in the 1950’s was filled with colour and the nightlife was bewitching, glitzy and often the rich and famous could be seen hobnobbing with the locals. The youngsters of India devoured this nightlife with relish but to some it opened up a darker side of life.
Mango Bay follows Audrey’s life from moving to India; we learn of her adjustments, her enlightenment to new foods and rituals. We also learn about the family and friends in Audrey’s new circle and life becomes quite fascinating at times. But Mango Bay is not full of the wealthiest families and Audrey feels compelled to help those in need.
A story filled with an array of interesting characters amongst a culture and heritage that is fighting the old ways with the new. Mango Bay opens your eyes to all this and more.
About the Author
I spent my childhood in India, qualified as a Lawyer in England and joined a London law firm.
Some of my novels have a strong romantic arc although I burst the romance bubble with one quirky departure. Other novels pull the reader into the dark corners of family life and relationships. I enjoy the challenge of experimenting and writing something different.
My short stories and a medley of articles feature on my blog, and I review crime fiction and thrillers for Promoting Crime Fiction.
Fast forward to a sabbatical from the day job when I traded in bricks and mortar for a houseboat which, for a hardened land lubber like me, turned out to be a big adventure.
A few of my favourite things are collecting old masks, singing and exploring off the beaten track.
My golden retriever, Inspector Morse, who can’t wait to unleash his own Facebook page, and I live in London.