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A Bride for Sunil


Victoria Standford is a poor but beautiful Anglo-Indian girl who has been dealt a poor hand in life. Her impulsive decisions have left her pregnant, the feckless English father of her child long gone.

She meets Sunil Roy Choudhury, a young and attractive Bengali businessman. They meet by chance and though he is in India to take part in an arranged marriage, the love affair between them is gentle and meaningful.

Sunil is in India to take part in what appears to be a lucrative arranged marriage, which fails disastrously, as he is faced with charges of impotence. Although Sunil has troubles of his own, Victoria - now in dire circumstances - appeals to him for help.

Sunil agrees to take Victoria on as an employee in London, hoping she will become his mistress, despite his impending second marriage. Victoria learns that Sunil is prepared to do almost anything to obtain real wealth.

There are troubled times ahead for both Sunil and Vicki, as they face fraught family relationships, and the threat of murder…


‘An intriguing tale set in India.’

Evening Telegraph

‘Joyce is not only that rare thing, a 'natural' story teller whose novels glow with colour and emotion, she is also a deft craft worker. She writes with such finesse that the reader is drawn ever deeper into her world and is compelled to turn the page. Her every story is a superb read.’

Dr John Yeoman, PhD Creative Writing

“Victoria is an Anglo-Indian girl brought up in Calcutta in the years after the Second World War. She has a difficult relationship with her ailing mother (her father having been killed in the war) who will not seek treatment for health problems and dies leaving Victoria alone and penniless, although with a small flat to live in. She becomes pregnant, then meets the Sunil of the title, who employs her and brings her to England. Years pass and their relationship deteriorates, leading to her moving away and marrying another man - originally not for love... Over the subsequent years, the relationships of all the characters develop in different ways - with some tragic consequences. Definitely worth a read.”

Katharine Lang (Educator)

“Fascinating… the book does not disappoint.”

Jayasree Bhargavan (Reviewer)

"An interesting insight into life in India for poor Anglo-Indian girls. After the death of her mother Virginia meets Sunil. There are some interesting twists as the story follows their progress, eventually to England."

Carol Holland (Reviewer)

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