Richard Mallet is a scholar and Egyptologist with a burning ambition to decipher a hieroglyphic script that has so far defied all scholars’ attempts at translation. The last thing he needs in his life is romantic entanglement.
Anastasie Cloutier’s father is the Egyptian ruler’s Minister of Health. His daughter has a license to provide medical care for women and children in Egypt, although her father wishes she should stay at home and be a lady. However, she persuades him to let her travel to the southern province to begin a planned vaccination program. At 28, a husband is not an option, as far as she is concerned.
Although this story could loosely be called a Regency Romance, about the only traditional Regency element is the time period, and the frustratingly patriarchal expectations most men had of women in those days. The story is exciting, fast-paced and very well written. The historical detail is fascinating and well-researched. I learned a lot about Egypt and medical matters of the early 1800s.
Highly recommended. I’ll be watching out for more books by this author.
Reviewed for Discovering Diamonds
© Robyn Pearce
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