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The Lioness of Morocco

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  11,636 ratings  ·  693 reviews
Independent-minded Sibylla Spencer feels trapped in nineteenth-century London, where her strong will and progressive views have rendered her unmarriageable. Still single at twenty-three, she is treated like a child and feels stifled in her controlling father’s house.

When Benjamin Hopkins, an ambitious employee of her father’s trading company, shows an interest in her, she
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Amazon Crossing
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Julier She ended up living in Morocco where the women were entranced by her blond hair and referred to her as "the lady with the lion's hair." She also was s…moreShe ended up living in Morocco where the women were entranced by her blond hair and referred to her as "the lady with the lion's hair." She also was strong and independent (unlike most women of the time, especially in Morocco. The theme of power and menace of lions was repeated by the sultan actually having an enclosure at his court with two lions. And lions, too, were unusual and special, like Sibyl.(less)
Kathy Felgran Hi! Sabri's father was in a pickle because Emily and Sabri had already married in Lisbon. He knew he would never see his only son again unless he acce…moreHi! Sabri's father was in a pickle because Emily and Sabri had already married in Lisbon. He knew he would never see his only son again unless he accepted the marriage. Also, he was let off the hook because the intended bride found a better match. Clearly fiction- things are rarely so neatly resolved in real life. That's why I like fiction. Interesting plot that could have been more enjoyable by a better writer.(less)

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Kristen Proctor
Good plot, poor writing

I was intrigued by the plot, however I kept getting distracted by the simplistic and heavy handed writing style. I don't know if it was due to poor translation, or if the original is awkward as well.
+Digitalcopy gently provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review+

Reto 2017 - #11:autor que use seudonimo

Sybilla es la hija de una familia de un comerciante acaudalado en Inglaterra de la segunda mitad del siglo XIX. Le gusta leer, y tiene ideas bastantes definidas que no incluyen asentarse sin ver el mundo como el resto de sus pares. Pero pronto ve que como soltera nunca dejará de ser tratada como una niña que nunca es escuchada en casa de su padre. ¿Su solución? Se casa con un emplead
4 "Charting Her Own Course" Stars for the story and 4.5 Stars for the narration.

The Lioness of Morocco is a book that defies convention.  It reads mostly like historical fiction detailing the saga of one family over a number of decades with some mystery/suspense and romance elements thrown in. Perhaps what I enjoyed the most was the historical aspect of this novel, as there aren't too many books that give you a picture of what it was like to live in Morocco as an English woman in the nineteenth
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This is really 2.5 but since I'm nice, I'm rounding it up to 3 stars. I got this for free from the Amazon Kindle First program. I use it to try books or genres I may otherwise not. I chose this one because I like historical fiction and I was intrigued by the setting. Having just visited Africa, I thought it would be fun to go back and experience another part of the continent.

Good things: the setting. I really enjoyed the descriptions of Morocco, the customs, the scenery, and the food. I liked l
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Country, Culture, Religion, Reconciliation

Having spent some time in Morocco, I doubly appreciated the author's ability to communicate the beauty of this country, its inhabitants of varied cultures and religions, and business/political situations. I recommend it to readers who travel, who appreciate and honor the people and cultures they meet and experience. To those who travel from their armchair, take a trip to Morocco vicariously as you read this beautiful book.
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Morocco. I am so happy that I finally got to read a book set in Northern Africa, Morocco! This has to be one of the most exotic countries in our continent. Even the name sounds striking. Having only been to countries in East Africa, I have always been intrigued by the Western and Northern countries especially and the Southern..okay, all of Africa intrigues me and I want to travel everywhere. I remember my friend visiting Morocco in 2013 and telling about the food and culture. It sounded like qui ...more
Natalie Joy
I was torn between giving this three or four stars, and actually changed my rating a few times before settling on 3 stars. The world of "The Lioness of Morocco" is fantastic--the descriptions of harbors and caravans and city life in a Muslim-majority country in the 1800s is thrilling and what kept me reading. This is the key to historical fiction, for me--being able to have a vibrant idea of what life was like in that historical time period, and being able to believe that the characters in the s ...more
I enjoyed this book while I was reading it, and it's only sitting down to write this review that I'm thinking of the issues I really had with it. I'm one of those readers who's usually content to be along for the ride, and unless something seriously jumps out at me, I don't tend to think too critically as I'm reading.

First of all, I should have read the description of the book before starting it! I thought the book would be about a Moroccan woman, rather than a British woman living in Morocco. A
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Lioness of Morocco was an enjoyable novel, but a little different to what i was expecting. Sibylla was a strong character which I love, but wasn't expecting so much romance. I have been to Morocco and it did bring back some memories. I love to read books about the markets, the culture and way of life etc, especially when the story is based on many years ago. In this novel it was around the mid 1800's.

On the whole, a really good book and one that I would recommend.

My thanks to Netgalley and
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 Stars

The Lioness of Morocco Provides an interesting story and a welcome appreciation of Arabic and Berber culture. This is a well-researched book, with evocative descriptions of Mogador (modern day Essaouira). There was much that I appreciated about the book and its lovely descriptions of Moroccan culture especially from the perspective of lives of women in harems to the unique lives of Berber women. I definitely felt as i
Full review available on my blog:
Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book via NetGalley, in return for an honest review.

I had high hopes for this book because I was a bit tired of the same-old historical romances set in medieval England (I'm looking at you, Phillipa Gregory) and I was looking forward to something different.

This book is nothing like Gregory's, mostly because it has a whole load of one-dimensional characters, a twenty-year r
ZaBeth  Marsh
Very few books set in a foreign land have been able to so immerse me into a culture. Several times, I forgot I was reading a book and felt like I was looking out my window and seeing a whole New World.
Not only did the setting make me fall in love with Morocco but the characters in the conflict enveloped me in a story I didn't want to leave. I love the main character, Sibylla, who grew emotionally during the story. But every woman in the story evolved during this epic family saga.
In addition, I
I was sent a kindle copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Although it is only the beginning of the year, this book is already one of my favorite reads of 2017. This book was truly one of the most beautiful that I have ever read. This book exceeded all of my expectations!
Read my whole review on my blog Lunainthestacks
Cindy Woods
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Beautifully written. This was also a very educational and interesting read. I enjoyed it immensely. Descriptions of various locations, local customs and people is well done. I learned quite a bit and appreciate the 19th century setting. All characters are well described and developed. Very highly recommend.
Waheed Rabbani
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In 1835, Sibylla is rescued from a near-drowning accident at the London docks by Benjamin, a conniving clerk in her father’s shipping company. At 23, Sibylla is attractive but still single, plus she’s headstrong and has progressive views—she’d even boxed one impudent suitor’s ears! She’s attracted to Benjamin, and with encouragement from her parents, they marry. At Sibylla’s prompting, her father selects Benjamin to fill a vacancy as the company’s agent in Mogador, Morocco, and she accompanies h ...more
Lisa Wiertel
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'll first say that it wasn't drudgery reading this book. Why 2 stars then? The two main characters could have been developed a little further before we delved right into the action. I kept on having questions about the characters and motivations for doing things while I was reading it. The clincher was the Scooby-Doo mystery ending. I almost started eye-rolling when I was reading this. Without spoiling the ending, one could see this coming from a mile away. I was almost waiting for all the char ...more
Sujata Neidig
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I went back and forth between 3 and 4 stars and finally decided on 3. The book is enjoyable to read. I like the parts that describe Morocco - the land, the culture, the people. The story is interesting too, but I felt it was a bit predictable and some of the characters didn't really come across as believable or authentic. I thought the book was a historical fiction, but now I'm not so sure. I think the historical part of it would be the descriptions of the time period in Morocco not the characte ...more
Sarah Cole
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book I've ever read. The female main character is strong-willed and independent. I loved the descriptions of Moroccan life and culture. It was all-consuming to read, so I'm not sure I would ever read it a second time, but I highly recommend it! I read it every spare second I had and my husband was relieved when I finished. ...more
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Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although certain plot twists were super obvious, the level of escapism offered by this book is majestic. It truly transported me to a faraway land and time. Also, I liked how the book covered both the main character's entire life and some of her daughter's life- from the description, it sounded like the story would just cover a few years of marriage.

Free from the Amazon Kindle First program.
Ana Oh
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

4.5 Stars. This is an amazing historical fiction story. A little drama, a little romance, a little independence and the creation of cultural bridges.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
An easy read that grows on you.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

I enjoyed this book all the way through it seemed to pull me in to the story andkept the interest and excitement coming.

Emi Bevacqua
The lioness of Morocco is British Sybill Hopkins, as famous for her blonde locks as for her fierce personality. Nobody cares about her husband's blond hair, his name is Benjamin and he married the boss's daughter. Along with their family shipping interests, the Hopkinses flourish in Morocco, give birth to healthy children, grow wealthy, and then, are scandalized! And then, they flourish more! The many characters (extended family, servants, neighbors, relations abroad) are interesting, the plot i ...more
Deborah Whipp
While the description gave me hope for an interesting read, I found the dialogue flat, the characters lifeless, and the plot predictable. It was quite a tedious read for me. The most interesting character was Aynur, who unfortunately wasn't featured prominently. This book had lots of potential for an exciting story, it just wasn't realized. ...more
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An astounding view of life in Morocco for the British in the mid-19th century (1835~1862) centered on a young, headstrong woman in a marriage to a good businessman who was a dolt as a person and a husband. Sibylla finds herself in Mogador, where she succeeds as a woman, a mother and an astute businesswoman. Single-minded, she does not have much room for human frailty, human error, but she is exquisite at blending in to the local culture using respect and learning the language. Her chance at true ...more
Elizabeth Hanchett
The writing itself was fairly clunky, and I'm not sure if it's the translation of the actual writing. Some of the plot points were also very predictable and heavy-handed, but the overall story was enjoyable to read and it was clear that if anything, the authors did their research. I can enjoy a book that's not written well if the plot runs smoothly and the characters are rounded and the story itself is well-researched. The former is up for debate, but I'm confident in the latter. I enjoyed readi ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and I hope there is a follow on.
I was intrigued about life in Morocco and thought that it was really explained well, I felt as if I was there myself, walking to the Souks and the back lanes.
I don't want to spoil it for anyone but if you like Historical novels this is one for you.

I could not put it down and was sad when it ended
Like someone before me said, I would make a great film.

Please Julia write a follow on

Now looking for my next historical novel to read
Feb 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A romance novel. It’s just not my cup of tea. It’s full of the usual cliches. Did not finish this one. I was rolling my eyes to much.
Delightful book.

Sibylla Spencer grew up in a strict London 1830´s home. However, she is very independent-minded. She marries Benjamin Hopkins not out of love but for her desire to leave her strict home. Benjamin marries her not out of love but for her money. She is the daughter of his boss who owns the Spenser and Son Shipping Company. She volunteers her husband to become the shipping agent in Mogador, Morocco. She wants to travel so much and quickly falls in love with the Moroccan life. Benjami
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