Entrancing romantic suspense with an intriguing dose of Middle Eastern history.

Love on the Wings of War

An American graduate student faces serious obstacles when he falls for a young Egyptian woman in Cairo in this novel.

Mark Adams, recently widowed and completing his doctorate in 1967 Cairo, is powerless to resist the attentions of university student Nadia Kemal. Only 18, she is both alluring and naïve; but, as attracted as she is to Mark, she is determined to keep their budding romance a secret from her overprotective, politically connected parents. Further, she has a cautionary tale from her great-aunt, Zaynab, exiled and rumored to be mad, after witnessing the emasculation and murder of a lover deemed inappropriate by her father. Mark considers Nadia’s elaborate ploys to hide their affair paranoid, until he receives a warning from his landlord. An attempted arranged marriage by Nadia’s father, a surprise pregnancy, and the disastrous Six-Day War push their relationship to a crisis point, and Mark is forced to flee Egypt with other foreigners. After Nadia’s failed attempts to escape to Greece to meet her beloved, and her parents’ discovery of their liaison, Mark returns to Egypt, where a convoluted series of events proves the extreme lengths to which Nadia’s family will go to keep the young lovers apart. Mark converts to Islam so they can secretly marry, which further infuriates Nadia’s father. But Mark is relentless, endangering not only himself, but his close friends as well. Will Nadia’s family ultimately capitulate? In this tale, Livingston (Mother East, Daughter West, 2016), an Islamic and Middle East history professor and seasoned fiction writer, concocts a somewhat anticlimactic ending that raises lingering questions about the main characters. Nevertheless, he couples his expertise on the culture and history of the region with a touching illustration of the challenges of cross-cultural romance. His evocative portrayal of Cairo brings the setting to life and makes it appealing, despite the rampant repression of the era. Unexpected moments of humor creep into the story, such as Mark’s discovery he is being monitored when he pees off the side of a balcony and hears a muffled cry below.

Entrancing romantic suspense with an intriguing dose of Middle Eastern history.

Pub Date: July 25, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4917-9723-5

Page Count: 371

Publisher: iUniverse

Review Posted Online: Dec. 13, 2016

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet

With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

LOVE AND OTHER WORDS

Eleven years ago, he broke her heart. But he doesn’t know why she never forgave him.

Toggling between past and present, two love stories unfold simultaneously. In the first, Macy Sorensen meets and falls in love with the boy next door, Elliot Petropoulos, in the closet of her dad’s vacation home, where they hide out to discuss their favorite books. In the second, Macy is working as a doctor and engaged to a single father, and she hasn’t spoken to Elliot since their breakup. But a chance encounter forces her to confront the truth: what happened to make Macy stop speaking to Elliot? Ultimately, they’re separated not by time or physical remoteness but by emotional distance—Elliot and Macy always kept their relationship casual because they went to different schools. And as a teen, Macy has more to worry about than which girl Elliot is taking to the prom. After losing her mother at a young age, Macy is navigating her teenage years without a female role model, relying on the time-stamped notes her mother left in her father’s care for guidance. In the present day, Macy’s father is dead as well. She throws herself into her work and rarely comes up for air, not even to plan her upcoming wedding. Since Macy is still living with her fiance while grappling with her feelings for Elliot, the flashbacks offer steamy moments, tender revelations, and sweetly awkward confessions while Macy makes peace with her past and decides her future.

With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair.

Pub Date: April 10, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2801-1

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Jan. 23, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2018

Did you like this book?

Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable...

THE UNHONEYMOONERS

An unlucky woman finally gets lucky in love on an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii.

From getting her hand stuck in a claw machine at age 6 to losing her job, Olive Torres has never felt that luck was on her side. But her fortune changes when she scores a free vacation after her identical twin sister and new brother-in-law get food poisoning at their wedding buffet and are too sick to go on their honeymoon. The only catch is that she’ll have to share the honeymoon suite with her least favorite person—Ethan Thomas, the brother of the groom. To make matters worse, Olive’s new boss and Ethan’s ex-girlfriend show up in Hawaii, forcing them both to pretend to be newlyweds so they don’t blow their cover, as their all-inclusive vacation package is nontransferable and in her sister’s name. Plus, Ethan really wants to save face in front of his ex. The story is told almost exclusively from Olive’s point of view, filtering all communication through her cynical lens until Ethan can win her over (and finally have his say in the epilogue). To get to the happily-ever-after, Ethan doesn’t have to prove to Olive that he can be a better man, only that he was never the jerk she thought he was—for instance, when she thought he was judging her for eating cheese curds, maybe he was actually thinking of asking her out. Blending witty banter with healthy adult communication, the fake newlyweds have real chemistry as they talk it out over snorkeling trips, couples massages, and a few too many tropical drinks to get to the truth—that they’re crazy about each other.

Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable as well as free.

Pub Date: May 14, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5011-2803-5

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: March 3, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2019

Did you like this book?

more