Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Synopsis from author's website:
Recently divorced, Anna Coburn decides to cheer herself up by retracing a journey her great-grandmother, Louisa, a renowned artist, made in the mid-nineteenth century – a Nile cruise from Luxor to the Valley of the Kings. Anna carries with her two of Louisa's possessions – an ancient Egyptian scent bottle, and an illustrated diary of the original cruise that has lain unread for a hundred years.
As she follows in Louisa's footsteps, Anna discovers in the diary a wonderful love story from the Victorian past, and the chilling, more distant secret of the little glass bottle. Meanwhile, two men from the tour party are showing a disturbing interest in these mementos, and developing an unfriendly rivalry for Anna's attention. And, most frightening of all, Anna finds herself the victim of a haunting, a spectral presence that grows in strength and threat as the dramatic stories from three different eras intertwine in a terrifying climax...
First thought after finishing this book: "I so need to visit Egypt!!!"
My Thoughts: This was my first experience reading Barbara Erskine and it won't be my last. I really liked the way she wrote the story using a diary of Anna's great-grandmother as the focal point and in which she was able to link the past with the present. I know that some people do get tired of "the diary" being used in books but for me it never seems to grow old. I honestly felt like I would recognize these people and places if I were to visit them today because Erskine writes with a very descriptive flair. While at times I wanted to throttle Anna and tell her to get a backbone when it came to one of the overbearing and pushy male passengers, for the most part I enjoyed her character and couldn't wait to see what she would discover next. This was a great book to get lost in for an afternoon and made me want to Google the places that Anna and Louisa encountered on their Nile voyages.
Recommend? Yes, I would recommend this book to my friends. Especially those that love the use of a found diary as a means to bring the past and present together into a satisfying story!!
Author: Barbara Erskine
Published: July 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre: Historical Fiction with a twist!
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel
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