We can all relate to Drusilla, the main character in The India Fan, when she becomes fascinated with the wealthy Framling family. The Framling family reeks of mystery and suspense in this novel. The plot revolves around peacock feathers; peacock feathers are apparently unlucky and will curse their owner. When Drusilla becomes the owner of an Indian peacock fan, she must decide whether to believe this particular superstition or to continue on living life to its fullest.
Drusilla and Lavinia Framling were fast friends. Drusilla was realistic and down-to-earth while Lavinia got the two of them into trouble and left Drusilla to pick up the pieces. Drusilla lived the majority of her life watching her wealthy friend get away with making trouble. Isn’t it time for Drusilla to get into some trouble herself?
Fabian Framling has a lot to offer: he is wealthy, of marriageable age, charismatic and handsome. All of those traits should add up to a great love interest however, they add up to my chief complaint about this book: the love interest isn’t even in the majority of the chapters and when he is, he is more aloof and distant than anything else. I didn’t like the lack of development of a relationship between Drusilla and Fabian. The author portrayed Drusilla as tight-laced, but I was surprised that she kept to this standard. It would have been nice to actually feel the romance between the two characters.
The plot itself was entertaining. I liked the superstition melded to the mystery. There was a nice undercurrent of suspense that carried the plot even during the slower portions of the novel. I felt like this story was more about friendship than anything else. Lavinia and Drusilla were consistently there for each other despite their very different personalities. Their two characters reminded me of young girls who grew up together and still call each other every day. I did connect to Drusilla and Lavinia and was invested in their characters; I hoped that everything would turn out great for them.
Krystal is a young college student who loves meeting new authors and finding great books! Her favorite place to read is the Botanic Gardens.
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