The Far Pavilions
Book 2 Belinda
Belinda is Ash’s girlfriend and bride to be. The story takes Ash back to England for his education. Here he woos Belinda and plans to marry her. After school he joins the Army and returns to India.
The pacing slows down in the second book and almost becomes a generic English romance/comedy of manners. Fortunately it is short (40K words) and eventually Ash is back to adventuring.