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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
"Wings of Freedom" by Ratan Kaul is set in the early 1900s when British Imperialism was at its peak. The Indians struggled for their independence from the British just as the British struggled to keep control. This fictional story transports readers back in time to an era where interracial romance was illicit. Our tale is a forbidden romance between a young college student, Raj Kumar, and an eighteen year old British national, Eileen. It is 1911, the year King George V held his coronation in Delhi. Shortly before the King’s arrival there was a fire in the Royal Camp. The British suspect arson and a possible assassination attempt. Two of Raj’s friends were accused and murdered despite their innocence. The Indians were a peaceful people but Raj was angered and turned against the British imperial rule. Eileen was the daughter of a British officer. Unlike most Brits she obviously loved the country, the culture and the people.
"Wings of Freedom" is a beautiful love story. While the characters are fictional the author has created it in a non-fictional setting. He has captured the essence of the turbulent era. The plot captured my attention and held me hostage to the last page. I felt as if I was invested in the relationship of the young couple and the Indians. The romance itself was mesmerizing but when you add the demands of society, the treachery of the era and the risk involved when Raju and Eileen fall deeply in love, it becomes a great story. The love story would have stood well alone but the author didn’t stop there; he spent much time in research allowing him to create an entertaining plot that was also informative. He also allowed the characters to develop at their own pace. It is with great honor that I highly recommend this book.