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The Lioness of Morocco
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on 1 May 2017
'The Lioness of Morocco' is an incredibly interesting story and a well-researched book - I have to admit I was intrigued by the cover and the book synopsis when I was offered it as an ARC. That being said what I really appreciated about the book is its lovely descriptions of Moroccan culture especially from the perspective of lives of women in harems. Very different to anything I've read before - but still transcendental hence I bought it to store in my Kindle library.

This book is about Sibylla Spencer, the daughter of a wealthy merchant, who has aspirations of travelling the world. Of course, set in the 1800's, Sibylla is too modern thinking for her time. At the very ripe age of 23 years old Sibylla decides to take matters into her own hands and find a husband who won’t try to dominate her. Enter Benjamin Hopkins, her father’s shady purchasing agent who will do anything to improve his position in life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Set largely in Morocco, the story follows the exploits of Sibylla, as she and her husband, Benjamin, live in Morocco during the 1800s. Get ready for an emotional ride following Sibylla on her many adventures! She becomes a powerful businesswoman rubbing elbows with the very powerful and maneuvering lucrative deals with Moroccan Sheikhs.

Sibylla morphs into an incredible woman - amazing mother and later grandmother ... doing the best she can for her family and friends. This book Covers themes such as love, loss, secrets, and drama spread over more than twenty years...
By the end, one has to suspend belief and just go with this being a historical romance with a splash of mystery. This is a book that I highly recommend.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 31 October 2017
Historical novels can provide real insights into the past if they are done well. This book is a window into several cultures and the mores of the mid,-19th century. In common with many novels it relies on coincidence for closure, but in this case it isn't too far-fetched. The characters are strong and convincing; the storyline plausible. There were a couple of instances of errors due to translation, but nothing significant. I enjoyed it.
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on 23 November 2017
This book is very well researched and the storyline very continuous.
Very well harmonised sequence of events, that makes it so gripping.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it o anyone that loves a happy ending.
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on 22 December 2017
Great plot. Very interesting. Well written and appears to be well researched about the place and the time it is set in. Easy reading.
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on 30 December 2017
How the world has changed globalisation and diversity. Today' change is quick but not unchecked. A good read where ever you are.
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on 4 June 2017
Enjoyed this book right to the end very descriptive, i could picture the places n people in my mind ..is there any more books written by this author.?
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on 11 October 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was very interesting as well as a great story. I look forward to reading more books from these two writers.
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on 18 November 2017
Interesting story and very descriptive pictures written in words. Graet read with lots of twists and turns and set in an unusual locatiom. Thanks.
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on 13 June 2017
Enjoyed the history behind today's Morocco which I have recently visited - the culture, the geography and the proud people.
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on 19 July 2017
Exciting reading for all enjoyed the history could imagine my self there and would like to go there some day
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