Middle East

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The Angel with 100 Wings

The Angel With One Hundred Wings is set in Baghdad during the ninth century, during the reign of the Abbasid caliph Harun al-Rashid. On the cover, the publisher has added the subtitle "A Tale From The Arabian Nights." Confession time: I have never read The Arabian Nights, and know next to nothing ab ...

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Hadassah: One Night with the King

The Bible contains any number of riveting stories, and my personal favorite is the story of Esther, wife of the Persian king Xerxes, known as the Purim story to those in the Jewish faith. This story has a little bit of everything in it: murder, treachery, palace intrigue, brave deeds, and love. Hada ...

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The Falcons of Montabard

The year is 1120, and Sabin FitzSimon is in trouble again. The bastard son of a noble English family, Sabin is a wild and reckless young man whose latest escapade has resulted in the death of an innocent. Since his bad reputation is about to affect the fortunes of his legitimate half-siblings, his f ...

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Silk and Secrets

Linda Madl's Silk and Secrets is a flawed but fun Victorian romance with a very old-fashioned feel to it and strong Gothic overtones. <!-- var browName = navigator.appName; var SiteID = 1; var ZoneID = 4; var browDateTime = (new Date()).getTime(); if (browName=='Netscape') { documen ...

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The Lymond Chronicles

It is the 1540s. Suleiman the Magnificent is the sultan of the Ottoman Empire. The tsar of Russia is a man who will someday be known as Ivan the Terrible. England is ruled by the boy-king Edward VI. Mary Queen of Scots is four, and she will be used as a pawn in the high-stakes game of politics betwe ...

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A Veiled Journey

A Veiled Journey is not a romance. It contains enough gripping, nail biting action to make any suspense addict happy but at its core, it is a deadly serious story of an American woman living in modern day Saudi Arabia. Whatever the genre, A Veiled Journey is a courageous book. I could not put it dow ...

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Checkmate

I'd like to mention the work of Dorothy Dunnett. This author, though a historical novelist and not a romance author, has had a profound effect on my romance writing, and I'd say that her novel Checkmate is one of the best romances ever written. However, it's the last in a series of six thick book ...