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A Veiled Journey

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Searching for her birth mother, a former Saudi Arabian concubine, and her long-lost twin brother, successful American surgeon Liz Ryan takes a position in Saudi Arabia, venturing into a foreign, very different world on the edge of war. A first novel. Original.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Mira Books
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Patria
What a beautiful and captivating love story that also addresses all of the relevant issues in Saudi society. I read this book immediately upon completion of Jean Sasson's "Princess" which was a non-fiction but there were so many parallels as both stories take place in the same place and time period during the first gulf war (early 90's). Showcased in this book is the immense wealth and power of the royalty, the abuses and the lack of freedom for women (rape, circumcision, arranged marriages, abu ...more
Autumn
The backdrop of the story was fascinating, and the overall story line was interesting.
My issue was with the protagonist's romantic interests. They were thin, unbelievable, and sad. One in particular seemed completely out of character in terms of the timeline, shallowness, easy thoughtless acceptance, etc.
This didn't ruin the book for me. The backdrop and details were that fascinating. It did make me a bit sad though, that such a strong female character can become such a ninny. Strong women are
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Leah
Usually, I don't really go for the romance/arabian nights type of story, well this book changed my mind. My friend Barbara, recommended this book. She said it was a keeper. She called me a couple of days ago looking for it, and I hadn't started it yet. So I figured, while I had a few days left on the loaner, I should give it a chance. Yeah, read it in 3 days. I secretly hoped the power would go out so I could continue reading it and not look like a total nerd, reading instead of watching TV. It ...more
Melissa
Awesome story. The author, Nell Brien takes us from America to Saudi Arabia(present day) following the main character. We see first hand how women are made to live behind "veils" and how they are treated less than human, while the men "rule" their modern world. My mother read this book, and loved it so much that she passed it to some friends. I recently read this book for the second time. It is not a story for kids, however, because their are some scenes which are sexually related, and some viol ...more
Andrea Carlin
A foxy doctor lady gets involved with a sexy and persistent Saudi Prince. So, she moves to Saudi Arabia to be a doctor there. It's a tough situation 'cause she's so modern, but he's so cute. Plus she has a bunch of history--her Saudi mom gave her up to American parents. I like reading about other cultures so I enjoyed this book even though it is not realistic.
Anabelle
entertaining book...wouldn't reread it but i was able to finish the book. there's a little bit of action, a little bit of romance but what really interested me was the Saudi culture and traditions especially on how women are treated and regarded.
Heather
This book had definitely provides some insight into the strictures of being a female in Saudi Arabia. I was disappointed to find that the synopsis on the back of the book was a bit misleading in summarizing the book's direction.
Janet
Compelling and informative. I loved this book.
I'm glad you got the author' s real name, Shirley Palmer. i will be looking for more of her work.
Breezy
Great read! Seeing how Saudi women were treated thru Liz's eyes was good. I just can't imagine their way of life.
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