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In the Shadow of the Nile
When debutante Laura Levinson-Gore sees Egyptian Prince Ahmed Hassan Farag while sailing from London to Cairo, she falls in love and enters a world of secrecy and sacrifice, leaving behind her snobbish mother and the search for a suitable husband.
Paperback, 426 pages
Published 1994 by Arrow
(first published July 1993)
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Nov 16, 2013 Dorcas rated it did not like it
I didn't finish this. I got to page 124 and had enough. The female lead is vain, spoiled, naive and insufferable. She's also perfect. Strawberry blonde hair and violet eyes...I though that combo was only to be found on barbie dolls, see, I learn something new everyday...or not. Anyway, this story was at best slow and at worst, silly and improbable. I also didn't care for the "heroine's" loose morals. Flirting, I suppose, was to be expected when one is trying to land a rich husband, but when the ...more
Nov 10, 2009 Liz rated it liked it · review of another edition
It is 1922, and the ambitious social climber Lavinia Levison-Gore is escorting her two daughters to Egypt, in hopes of getting the eldest one engaged to the very desirable Edward Burlington. The daughter in question, Laura, is entrancingly beautiful, but she is headstrong and naive. On the sea voyage to Egypt, she meets the exotically handsome Prince Ahmed Hassan Farag, and falls in love with him. He rejects her, partly because he has been engaged to a girl of his parents' choosing since a young ...more
I almost put this book down, but am glad I kept reading. The theme is early 1900 when families of wealth around the world arranged marriages. An English family travels to Egypt to introduce a daughter to a young man who is betrothed to another. Things take a sharp turn when the young English man is attracted to the daughter, but she is attracted to an Eqyptian prince. Drama, unlikely alliances, and deceit continue throughout the young lady's life and that of her illegitimate daughter. A ...more