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The second book, The Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson — available on May 22 — follows Evangeline English and her sister Lizzy, who set off with a fellow missionary in 1923, determined to establish a mission in the ancient Chinese Silk Road city of Kashgar. Evangeline, however, conceals the fact that her real motive is not the conversion of souls, but gathering material for a travel book she plans to publish about their adventures. The missionaries soon find themselves caught up in cultural and historical forces beyond their control and fighting to preserve their sanity and their lives.
Chapters of Evangeline’s story alternate with story of Frieda, a young woman in modern-day London who assists Tayeb, an immigrant she finds sleeping in the hallway of her apartment building. Suddenly, Frieda is informed she is next of kin to a recently deceased woman, Irene Guy, and must clear out Irene’s apartment. Tayeb comes along to help and he and Frieda find themselves launched into a strange trip back through time and across continents as the connections between Frieda and Evangeline’s stories slowly surface. Part adventure, part romance, part mystery, this is the kind of novel that carries the reader away to another time and place.
—Andrea K., Okemos