- Paperback: 306 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 8, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1477615083
- ISBN-13: 978-1477615089
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,663,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Casablanca, My Heart
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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.
This debut novelist has a keen eye for detail; her prose is enriched by her fresh observation of things one often overlooks, and I found myself re-reading some of her passages for the sheer joy of the sound of them.
The characterisation is deep and revealing, especially of the main characters, whose lives the author explores far beyond the boundaries of the plot, which I will not reveal any further, but which will leave you on the edge of your seat as you follow the intricacies of their lives and bite your nails wondering whether Heather and Ghalib will ever get together again.
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.
This is a lush, intricately-plotted romance novel which flows effortlessly from scene to scene, has great characters and many memorable events. The book as a whole is thoroughly engrossing, and the ending is excellent, bringing the story to an appropriate close in the events.
The main character Heather, a successful writer of romance novels, is a woman torn by guilt and pain. She feels it is her fault that her beloved husband, Luuk, lies in a coma after a terrible motor accident. In an effort to get away for a while, she books a cruise to Casablanca and meets there a handsome Persian who, while appearing a bit of a playboy, is very attractive. (Yes, I see Omar Sharif too!) He in turn is determined to meet her and seems to know all about her life and loves. The mystery intrigues and terrifies her.
The characters with their complexities, their needs, their feelings are beautifully fleshed out. It's truly a story with a soul, not a mere amusing romance. In some places reminiscent of a Francoise Sagan novel.
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Author Hannah Warren has written much more than a boy meets girl romance in this novel.Read more