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The Wanderess by [Payne, Roman]
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A gothic mystery novel and story of passion and romance set against the backdrop of a timeless Mediterranean landscape, The Wanderess tells of the notorious adventurer Saul and his passion for the beautiful Saskia, a mysterious young orphan girl whom he meets and vows to protect as his child.

When Saul's pursuit of pleasure and fortune gets tangled with the quest of this "Wanderess" for her long-lost friend and her own fortune, the two find themselves on a picaresque path that leads them through Spain, France, Italy and beyond; their adventures weaving them deeper and deeper into a web of jealous passion, intrigue, betrayal, and finally, murder.

The Wanderess is a love story, a novel of heroism, friendship and romance, portraying the lives of two unsettled vagabonds led by their own strange desires, mutual obsessions, and one single fortune.

The Wanderess is the fifth novel by Roman Payne, an author who pushes the boundaries of poetic language, imagination, sexual charge, and psychological mystery-his prose bearing always a timeless quality that transports the reader to far-away lands and times.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2758 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Aesthete Press; 2 edition (26 November 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H00JQZS
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #246,699 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a journey and fall in love all over again or for the first time 16 December 2013
By Anna L. Walls - Published on
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The Wanderess is told as if the main character was narrating the story, a unique point of view in my experience, it was beautifully told. I have been to quite a few different states with Colorado as the center of my world of experience, but I've never been overseas anywhere. Saul and Saskia wander, either chasing each other or together, through France, Spain, Northern Italy, and beyond, and unlike some books I've read, I was able to enjoy the journey as well as the drama of Saskia's drive to see the fulfillment of her prophecy. Of Saul's stubbornness as he determined to keep just as many secrets as Saskia did, even the one that would see the fruition of her prophecy that much sooner. I was drawn into their love, the passion and the turmoil of it, as it progressed through the growing pains of jealousy and trust, as it was tested by betrayal and entrapment. And best of all, I was able to see the quaint countryside and it's colorful people of all varieties. The world Roman Payne allowed me to see was full of life of all types, all types; do you know how hard that is to do? From peasants and common workers to aging actresses, from charlatans to royalty. They were all there. From summer in Paris to the dry heat of Tripoli.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting novel of romance and intrigue 16 November 2013
By Jasmine Ayres - Published on
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This is really a great book! It has all the elements that won't let me put in down without finding out what happens next--travel with a little history included, romance, conflict & intrigue, & poignant resolution. It is sensitive & sometimes fun, but also touches on many of life's important questions regarding honor, fidelity, trust, sexuality & familial connection. It has an out of the ordinary timelessness where the reader can settle on his/her own idea of the epoch, harkening back to life in earlier centuries & yet with essentially modern language & idioms. This is a story that will be remembered.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastical and pleasurable read. 11 December 2013
By M. Alcantara - Published on
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I finished this book tonight. It is a great, mysterious novel with passages of amorous beauty and noble manners. There are times when my concern with the central love affair seemed to lull, but then the story turned and exploded forward like a thoroughbred from the gate. My only qualm is with the fate of --- (you'll know who I mean), which differentiates this from a moral parable, and makes it a reflection of a certain life; advancing by cruelty and accident at times, or a flower strewn path. I'll be thinking about this story as I sleep tonight!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic 21 November 2014
By Bob Van Laerhoven - Belgian novelist - Published on
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I'll keep it short. Anyone who can, as Roman Payne has done in "The Wanderess", write a "timeless" novel, is a true author. Averse to hyped topics, the author tells a tale of adventure, struggle, love, compassion, humor, hope, and "noblesse" that succeeds in joining the positive aspects of modern story telling with the great 19th century tradition. The style has a "modern" flair but at the same time reminded me of the great French stylists of yore. BTW, one of the most important reason for the five stars is Mr. Payne's style. Although we're living in a hyper story-driven time, it is my firm opinion that style in literature is of the utmost importance. Mr. Payne opens a lot of registers and he does it deftly. As a true Fleming, I raise my glass of world-famous Flemish Monastery Beer to this "modern classic."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic tale of love and romance. 25 December 2013
By Arlene Radasky - Published on
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Classics came to mind as I read The Wanderess. Classics by Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Robert Louis Stevenson and others. I was enchanted by the travel, the intrigue, along with an enduring story of passion, love and protection.

A Tale of Two Cities was foremost in my mind at the end and I thought the deception, well acted.

Roman Payne took a dusty, celebrated form of writing up, shook it out and created a story well worth your time. I am glad I found it and read it. So many fond memories of other stories and books came forth as I read about the travels and tribulations of the reporter and narrator, that I can highly recommend it to those who enjoy immersing themselves in European Victorian streets, shops and hotels. Smells, tastes, sounds and smells traveled through time while I read and I was happily surprised at the resolution of the problem.