I thoroughly enjoyed The Kashmir Shawl, by Rosie Thomas, and found that it kept me far more engaged than anything else I’ve read recently. It is long (over 450 pages) but I read it more quickly than many shorter books because I didn’t want to put it down. The story is an “epic romance” and follows two intertwined plot lines: a woman in contemporary time who discovers a beautiful Kashmir shawl when going through her deceased parents’ belongings and sets out to discover its origin, and her grandmother who accompanied her missionary husband to Kashmir before and during WWII. Thomas creates interesting, three-dimensional characters and describes both the places and the character’s emotions vividly. I almost felt as if I were there in Kashmir, and I felt connected to and cared about the characters. I highly recommend The Kashmir Shawl! I would like to read more by this author but my library does not seem to have any other books by her.