Author: Shaylin Gandhi
Publisher: Briar Rose Publishing
Genre: Historical Women’s Fiction
of following in her father’s footsteps. While sock hops and poodle
skirts occupy her classmates, she dreams of bacteria and broken
bones—and the day she’ll finally fix them.
After graduation, a letter arrives, and Lucia reads the words she’s
labored a lifetime to earn—”we are pleased to offer you a position at
the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.” But in the midst of
her triumph, her fiancé delivers a crushing ultimatum: forego medical
school, or forego marriage.
With fractured hopes, she returns home to Louisiana, expecting
nothing of the summer of ’54 but sweet tea and gumbo while she agonizes
over her impending choice. There, she unexpectedly befriends Nicholas, a
dark-skinned poet whose dignity and intellect are a salve to her aching
heart. Their bond, initially forged from a shared love of literature,
soon blossoms into something as bewitching as it is forbidden.
Yet her predicament deepens when a trivial misunderstanding between a
local white woman and a black man results in a brutal lynching, and the
peril of love across the color lines becomes chillingly real. Now,
fulfilling her lifelong dream means relinquishing her heart—and escaping
Praise for By the Light of Embers!
“Gandhi’s passion and creativity spill forth onto every page of this book, creating a truly magnificent and brave narrative.” — Entrada Publishing
“I genuinely don’t know any other way to describe this book than to say it’s beautiful.” – Lacie, Amazon Reviewer
“There are also books that you want to keep reading no matter how
painful or heartbreaking or just downright unfair the endings
are…because life’s got those moments and Shaylin Gandhi brings them out
so well in her characters that you cannot help but grab that box of
tissues and still smile in between scenes.” – Dora, Amazon Reviewer
“Beautifully atmospheric, you’ll cry your heart out…” – Kay Smillie, Amazon Reviewer
age ten, and fell madly in love with love stories. Now, as an author,
she still can’t get enough, and the tales she spins all center around
affairs of the heart. To her, that’s what makes a story truly worth
Besides writing, she tries to stamp her passport at every
opportunity. Traveling has been a lifelong passion, and she’s lucky to
have done it a lot. Shaylin and her husband once spent an entire summer
living in their van while touring the Pacific Northwest, British
Columbia, and Alaska. Her most memorable trips often tie in with
writing: her books are usually inspired by majestic places that
stole her breath.
In addition, Shaylin practices medicine, scuba dives, plays the
piano, and once rode her bicycle from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic.
She now lives in Denver with her incredible husband, their identical
twin daughters, and two adorable rescue dogs. They can usually be found
in the mountains, either hiking up or skiing down.
You can find Shaylin online at www.shaylingandhi.com or on Twitter @shaylingandhi. Please get in touch—she would love to hear from you!
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