Flowers in the Blood

Flowers in the Blood - Gay Courter Gay Courter's "Flowers in the Blood"is a well-researched novel about India's lucrative opium trade during the 19th century, and a powerful Jewish family in the business.Based on actual events, Courter tells the story of the Sassoon's family through the eyes of eldest daughter Dinah. Beginning with the murder of her mother when Dinah is a small child and wending through adolescence, a disastrous arranged marriage and subsequent divorce, another marriage and becoming a successful businesswoman in her own right, Dinah's story is universally appealing.There are some frank discussions of the opium trade, which was legal at the time, and addiction, and some sexual situations. Nothing was gratuitous, and the situations advance the story line well.Highly recommended for those who enjoy historical fiction.