Agra, 1938: 18-year-old Florence Hunt has grown up riding horses past the Taj Mahal and chasing peacocks through her backyard under the critical gaze of her single-parent father. Increasingly enamoured with his work on the booming railway system, Florence yearns to know more, but finds herself brushed away, instead only paraded out at parties to sing and dance on command. So when a dazzling young engineer walks into her life, she finds herself not only gripped by secret lessons in physics, but swept entirely off her feet.
Portsmouth, 1953: Fifteen years later, Florence finds herself pregnant and alone in post-war England — a far cry from her sun-drenched existence in India. Struggling to cope with the bleakness of everyday life in a male-dominated world, Florence is desperate to find the woman she used to be. But when a face from her past reaches out, Florence might just have a chance to start over.
Flying from the shimmering heights of the big top to the depths of heartbreak, can Florence find the happiness, independence, and passion she once had in order to start living again?
Set against the lush backdrop of early 20th-century India, In the Mirror, a Peacock Danced – the debut novel from Justine Bothwick – is the moving story of one woman’s journey back to herself.