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When the ink dries [Kindle Edition]

Hannah Warren
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What happens when a Romance writer meets a prince from the city of her dreams?

Author Heather Simpson is taking a cruise on a break from her husband when she is approached by a handsome aristocrat who seems to know everything about her.

When the ship docks the next day, he invites her into his home and into his heart.

As she returns to her husband, was this a short steamy fling or a significant event in the web of coincidences that brought them together and as surely parted them again?

Sometimes it seems we are destined to meet up with the love of our life for only a fleeting moment, leaving us thinking, 'Did fate work so hard to bring us so little or is there more to come?'


Product Details

  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480135518
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Taylor Street Publishing (October 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SHF0OC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #914,786 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea February 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I do hate to give a negative review, but honesty is the best policy when reviewing, and hey I'm just one little person, maybe the next will think I'm completely insane because they LOVED it.

Where to start...
Confused throughout the book
Often bored and disinterested
Actually skipped entire sections just so it would end (something that goes against my nature!)
Strange and unlikely plot

...I could go on, but you get the picture. Clearly I did not enjoy this book.

Sorry to be so negative!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but same book as "Casablanca, My Heart" March 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this book under its other title (Casablanca, My Heart). I enjoyed the book, but am confused about why it's showing up here as a different book - with a slightly different synopsis. Would be good for Amazon or the author to note that it was previously (?) published under a different title (same author).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising romantic novel November 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an unusual romantic novel, and I was mesmerised by it from the very first page.

Heather Simpson is a successful romantic novelist whose first love and marriage to the famous artist Luuk Routers has come to a tragic end after an unavoidable car accident for which Heather wrongly takes the blame. To protect her identity she assumes the pseudonym Femmy Lovecraft for her novels, at the same time continuing to nurse her beloved Luuk who remains in a coma. Persuaded by her friend Rita to give herself a break from this sadness and follow her dream to visit Casablanca to do research for her new novel, she embarks on a cruise which calls at Casablanca. But just before the ship docks she is confronted on deck by a handsome stranger who mysteriously knows her true identity.

From this moment on her life changes dramatically. Although at first shunning the attentions of the stranger, annoyed and puzzled that he should know her true identity, she nevertheless finds herself overcome with lust for this handsome half French, half Moroccan man of royal blood. But his passionate seduction of her is short-lived. Overcome with guilt, Heather flees back to the ship that afternoon, vowing never to see Ghalib Tourniquet again.

Told first from Heather's point of view, and then from Ghalib Tourniquet with his fascinating blend of two cultures, the two voices complement each other in a most intriguing way. Warren has the enviable ability of being able to place herself in the head of each of her main characters, giving the prose an immediacy and a directness which is both vibrant and cinematic and made me feel I was right there watching the characters and living every moment of the action, the emotion and the heartache.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommend August 23, 2013
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This was an interesting tale told from multiple points of view.
I'm glad I discovered this book and recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read December 8, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this romance. It was well written drawing the reader into the plot from being with Heather on the cruise, touring exotic Casablanca, greiving for her beloved husband, to watching the reunion in Paris. I
loved the way the story developed with the lives of Heather and Ghalib told separately and intricately making us part of this well written story right to the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating November 30, 2012
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Just saying the name Casablanca, conjures up romantic images of exotic places and times forgotten. But this is one story I won't be forgetting in a hurry. Yes, it is a romance at its core, but it is so much more than that. To me its the journey of life and how life throws endless curve balls, that often take you off guard, and make you reassess it all.

Heather gets thrown a number of these curve balls, from the tragic accident that puts her husband in a comma, to meeting the tall dark handsome stranger on a cruise to Casablanca. And as life shows us time and time again everthing has a purpose, and all is meant to be. A lesson that is hard for Heather to learn, but accepts as part of her journey to becoming who she needs to become.

As other reviewers have said before me, its not only the wonderful plot of this story, its also the colourful vivid pictures the author paints to set each and every scene and to portray each and every character, making this read a cut about many others in this genre.

Careful attention to detail captures the reader and puts them in each and every place, from the exotic to the everyday.

The prose is spell binding in its execution, and I soaked up each and every word. Not something I often do, being a fast reader, who admittedly often skims when the descriptions overtake the narrative, but that's not the case with Casablanca my heart, and I congratulate the author on captivating me and many others.

I highly recommend this read, you will not be disappointed
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Casablanca Soul Mates November 29, 2012
Format:Paperback
English is not Hannah Warren's first language but this book is written to perfection. Editors play their part of course but they cannot capture the soul of a book. This comes from the author and Hannah has left her soul in this book in my humble opinion.
Just say the name Casablanca and it conjures up the feeling of romance, exotic spices, and hot nights in the Casbah.
As the story opens from Heather's perspective she looks across the dining table on board ship and is aware of Ghalib a Moroccan Prince. A modern day Omah Sharif if you will. So begins the love story.
As the story twists and turns through the years from Ghalib's prospective and then Heather's, we discover how their lives become entwined and how fate finally takes a hand in their lives.
This is not just a wonderful romantic story it has depth of soul and eventually all soul mates come together regardless of where they are in the world.
I loved every moment and was disappointed when I finally read the last page as this reader wanted more.
I thoroughly recommend this captivating story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning a debut novel.
Beautifully written, the author skillfully and weaves a story that draws you in.

The characters appear both realistic and fully rounded and you feel an affinity with the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by A Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars potentially a good read
This book left me feeling as if I'd read about two strangers. Not strangers to one another, strangers to me and the author.. Read more
Published 8 months ago by kim M
1.0 out of 5 stars Just not my type of book
I read the first couple of chapters and it didn't hold my interest. So I can't give a good review.
Published 14 months ago by cacjr
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful heart-lifting romance
Femmy Lovecraft is a romantic fiction writer. She is on a cruise scheduled to stop in Casablanca; a city she has always dreamt of seeing. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Elinor Carlisle
4.0 out of 5 stars An exotic setting
I particularly enjoyed the exotic setting of this romance novel. It is well written, and if I found some of Femmy's behaviour with the prince to be be unlikely, it is because I... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Marj
4.0 out of 5 stars A sumptuous internationally spiced romance....
'When the Ink Dries' is an unashamedly romantic novel with an international backdrop, reflecting the well-travelled cultural and linguistic knowledge of it's author, Hannah Audrey... Read more
Published 16 months ago by David Makinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Lush detail ensconces character
Opulently written, Casablanca, My Heart, begins with the affair of a romance writer who is seduced from the marketplace in Casablanca to a prince's steam bath. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Katherine Holmes
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More About the Author

Hannah Warren was born in Paris (Fr.) in 1956 as a second child to a Dutch father and an English mother. She has lived in The Netherlands almost all her life but has a strong connection with France, UK and Holland.

She studied Dutch literature and Mass communication at the University of Amsterdam and also obtained a B.A. in English Literature and Language and a B.A. in Translation from Rotterdam University. She currently works at the International Office of HZ University of Applied Sciences.

Hannah's free-time is taken up by writing fiction and teaching Yoga. Her three children have flown the nest

From the early age of 8, Ms Warren has written poetry and short stories.

Her debut romantic novel When The Ink Dries was published by Taylor Street Publishing in October 2012. Her second novel, the psychological thriller The Collaborator's Ghost will be out soon. The third novel, a historical family saga set in south Sweden and called Daughter of the Alvar is in production. Hannah is under contract with Taylor Street Publishing.

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