Love’s Garden

(9 reviews)


Publication Date: October 27, 2020 – Pre Order Today

It is 1898. India is ruled by the British, and India’s women are ruled by British masters as well as Indian men. A desperate young widow sacrifices her firstborn child to save herself from ultimate dishonor. She marries a stranger, but her damaged second family pays dearly for this Faustian bargain. Then, an extraordinary atonement, strange liaisons in politics and love—spanning the two world wars and the Indian independence movement—help her descendants heal from this traumatic private history. Love’s Garden demonstrates the strength, resilience, and unbreakable spirit of mothers and daughters navigating layers of oppression, all while the sun is not-so-peacefully setting on British India.

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Publication Date

October 27, 2020


Perfect Paperback, eBook


978-1-951547-08-0, 978-1-951547-09-7


260 pages


6 x 9 inches

Listen to the Author

Reading on the CWW Institute of International Education Benefit Reading, July 24, 2020 (15 minutes in)

Reading from Love’s Garden and Homeland Blues, The Great Indoors Reading Event, New York City, June 19, 2020 (44:44 minutes in)

9 reviews for Love’s Garden

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    Laura Catherine Brown — author of “Made by Mary”

    Wonderfully dense and wise, with a narrative sweep recalling the work of Dickens, Love’s Garden conveys both characters and ideas with impassioned intelligence. The garden of the title is India, gorgeously portrayed in all its complexity through the personal travails and occasional triumphs of one fragmented family centered on Prem, who struggles to hold her fragile clan together. Bhattacharya’s love for her subjects and for India shines through in her lyrical prose, creating a compelling saga of broken people navigating through a broken world, its brokenness illuminated by beauty and heart, and by the courageous human individuals trying to survive.

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    Sybil Baker — author of “While You Were Gone”

    A gripping historical novel set in India in the first half of the twentieth century, Love’s Garden is about a young mother’s deal with the devil that sets in motion extraordinary sacrifices, atonements, and twists of fate in three generations of “mothers,” during a time when women struggled to have a say in their lives and that of their children. The novel astutely examines what women will do to protect those they love, and how they survive after devastating loss.

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    Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni — author of “The Forest of Enchantments” and “Before We Visit the Goddess”

    Love’s Garden is a fascinating and well-crafted journey into India’s complex past with characters that will entice you, fill you with indignation, and sometimes break your heart. I particularly enjoyed the stories of the women, who are complicated, brave, headstrong, and impetuous—in other words, deeply human.

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    Indira Ganesan — author of “The Journey” and “Inheritance”

    From the first chapter of Nandini Bhattacharya’s novel, one recognizes the urgent, unflinching voice of an author who lays bare the political and cultural barriers towards choice faced by women in Ango-Indian society as the subcontinent struggles with the weight of imperialism at the turn of the 20th Century. We follow the lives of women sobered by the limits class, money, and color play as they navigate their world as best they can.

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    Danielle Rae Bryant

    In Love’s Garden, Nandini Bhattacharya weaves a lush and beautiful and complicated landscape, a “not-good-enough love.” The prose is lyrical and smart. The lens, critical and human.

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    Haley Allensworth — Reviewer, NetGalley

    This book delved deep into the hearts of mothers and motherless children with war and unrest in India from 1898 to 1950 as it’s backdrop. I enjoyed the book and learned some of India’s history that I did not know. The writing style did make for a dense, sometimes slow read but it was worth it.

    Thank you to Aubade Publishing and NetGalley for access to this ARC.

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    Irene Malik — Reviewer, NetGalley

    This is such a lovely read, because even as you take a few tentative steps into Love’s Garden, you’re drawn into the world of the enigmatic women who inhabit its pages. There are men too, but it’s the women whose lives are intriguing, fascinating—with all that is spoken and unspoken, hinted at, imagined. . . . Nandini Bhattacharya’s novel is layered, continuously surprising the reader in a way that I found very rewarding. It’s not often that one feels sad when one finishes reading a book, but along with a deep sense of satisfaction, I also felt sad as I left Love’s Garden. A part of it will linger on though, it’s that kind of a book. . . .

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    Debra Strasser — Bookseller, NetGalley

    Love’s Garden reads like a beautiful fairy tale. The characters are engaging and there is a surprise around every turn.

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    Meena Kumari, Reviewer, NetGalley

    Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an early review copy. The book was based on and looked into the hearts of mothers along with motherless children with war and upheaval from 1898 to 1950 being the years it was set against. It gave me an insight into this period and I also learned a bit about India’s history that I was unaware of. The style of writing made for a slow read but I enjoyed the book.

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