Troubador The Folded Notes

Released: 28/07/2018

ISBN: 9781789013702

eISBN: 9781789011913

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Folded Notes


Inspired by history comes this breathtaking story of star-crossed lovers against the backdrop of colourful nineteenth century India...

The book’s cross-cultural relationship is refreshing, and its peek into sites around Lahore is delightful.”

- Kirkus Reviews


A different world awaits Catherine Rose, an Englishwoman who travels with her mother from England to India. While her father, stationed at the Punjab University, is their direction, destiny intervenes and crosses her path with the educated and kind Kharak. A recently qualified engineer from Lahore who works for the Indian railways, he is as taken with the feminine, unreserved Englishwoman as she is with him. Aghast at the blossoming friendship, her father, incited by Ivan, a colonial engineer, arranges to keep Catherine and Kharak from falling in love. Arranging matters, he gets Kharak sent to work in another British colony, never to see or speak to his daughter again. In the last few moments he has, Kharak manages to leave two notes for Catherine.


Flouting her father’s orders, Catherine flees in secret and follows her heart, away from Lahore to Mombasa. But little does she know that Ivan, as Kharak’s supervisor, will be there - nor that he is now her pursuer. With everything to lose, hope is all that Catherine can cling to, hope that love will win the day and she and Kharak will finally be together.


Inspired by history and written with first-hand knowledge of the locations, this achingly moving historical romance crosses continents from England to India and East Africa during a fascinating part of history. The plot is woven between lush descriptions to create a compelling story of forbidden love and an uncertain ending that will linger long after the last page.

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An engaging read with interesting descriptions of setting and history. I would love to visit the Shalimar Gardens sometime.

by Janet B

A wonderful book, beautifully written, beautiful descriptions of Lahore and Bath, the feelings shared by two people from different cultures, combined with some history, makes this book hard to put down.
Mandz has written a beautiful story, I highly recommend The Folded Notes as your next read.

by Kezza Chester

Congratulations on a beautifully written tale of a gentle love affair between 2 young people, from diverse backgrounds.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Folded Notes !

by Audrey Small

A most enjoyable read, a lovely story.

by Malala C

Beautifully descriptive, the reader is transported with ease to the vibrant streets of Lahore and the rugged landscape of East Africa.
The Folded Notes is a story of life and love from a bygone era, I highly recommend this well written novel.

by Gabrielle Spence

Highly recommend this book, I didn't want it to end and really hope there is a sequel.
Beautifully written and the detail transports you to a different world where you can almost feel and smell the aromas of the locations it takes you to.
A total deviation from my usual read, but was so beautifully portrayed wrapped up in a beautiful love story.

by Pam

A very culturally diverse setting with historic elements highlighted effectively. Once the scene is set initially, it is a very interesting story with an unpredictable ending.

by Randip Reel

I cannnot highly recommend this book. A very enjoyable read, with various historic elements and unpredictable twists of storyline. Reader will find romance as well as thrill and crime elements, all craftully captured in this captivating story. While reading, a thought of a movie, based on this book, cought my mind few times. Overall thoroughly enjoyable read, 5 stars for the author.

by Julija

Amazing book, keeps you at the edge of your seat.
Must read it.

by Mrs Violeta Ivanova

A beautifully written book full of love and culture. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it and didnt want it to end. A must read!

by Cora

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