by Sara R. Turnquist
GENRE: Historical Romance
“Go home!” Ismene is speechless as she reads those words written in blood on the walls of her new home. The young, raven-haired Grecian beauty had traveled all the way from her homeland to marry the Pharaoh’s top general. But she never expected this. The hatred of the Alexandrian mob for their Greek rulers is right in front of her. It is the first of many threats she will receive.
Things are escalating out of control. Damaged crops and horses turned loose at night are one thing. But when Ismene receives a death threat, it becomes clear that there is a spy within her own household. She would turn to her husband to deal with this issue, except he left for battle by order of the Pharaoh. Not knowing whom to trust, she fears for her safety as well as the entire ruling class of Egypt.
I'm very fascinated by this historical period but I've read a few books set in this era. As soon as I discovered this book I couldn't wait to read it and didn't disappoint me. It 's a very romantic story with an excellent historical reconstruction. It also allowed me to make a virtual visit to the legendary Library of Alexandria ...
Ismene has had to leave her beloved homeland, Greece, to go and live in Egypt and marry a general who worked for Pharaoh, Alistair. Her father has combined this marriage and she can not help but accept. Alistair treats her like a queen but the Egyptian people don't accept her, indeed threaten her. Is the life of Ismene in danger? Will Alistair be able to protect her? Will their arranged marriage turn into a love marriage?
I really like Ismene, she is a strong woman, determined, often stubborn. Alistair is good and kind to her and do anything to protect her. They are a lovely couple and I loved seeing change their feelings.
It 's a clean novel, well written and very addictive, a total page turner, once you start it's really hard to put it down. There are many twists and action, it's good mix of romance and "mystery".
I recommend it to those who love historical romances, in particular taking place during the greek rule in Egypt.
“Can you please take this blindfold off?” Ismene loved surprises, but couldn't stand the waiting. Alistair had risen early to prepare a special breakfast for them and served her in bed. Then he had told her that he had something special planned for them today—a special place for them to visit.
“Not yet,” Alistair said as he gripped her waist. Their chariot went over a bump which caused him to pull her to him even more tightly. She smiled at the feel of his secure embrace; even after this short time it still caused butterflies in her stomach.
She felt the chariot continue to move down the smooth path with a little rocking here and there as the wheels found imperfections in the road.
“We're almost there, I promise,” he assured her. His voice was close to her ear and it gave her warm chills. She thought of the feel of those lips on her neck. There wasn't much time to daydream, though, because, true to his word, it wasn't much longer before she felt him slow the horses and still the chariot.
“Ready for your surprise?” he asked.
“Yes!” She feigned exasperation.
Only then did he reach up, untie her blindfold, and let it fall. “The great Library of Alexandria.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Sara is originally from middle TN. After a short stint in Memphis, where she earned a degree in Biology and began a career as both a Zoo Educator and a Sleep Technician, she then followed a dream to work for a large zoo in Orlando, FL as an Educator. Once she and her husband started their family, they moved back to Tennessee. Sara and her husband now enjoy a full life with their three beautiful and very active children. Sara enjoys many creative outlets – singing, piano, drawing, drama, and organizing anything. And even though she has enjoyed her career as a Zoo Educator, Sara's great love of the written word continued to draw her to write. She has always been an avid reader and, for many years, has been what she terms a “closet writer”. Her travels and love of history have served to inspire her to write Historical Fiction. Sara has made several trips overseas to the Czech Republic. Her time among the Czech people and the landscapes of the country inspired her and greatly influenced her work on her debut novel, The Lady Bornekova, set in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. Sara is also a member of the ACFW.
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