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The Panther and The Pearl Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B007XH6JIU
- Publisher : Gypsy Autumn Publications (April 24, 2012)
- Publication date : April 24, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 2424 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 448 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #637,334 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The love scenes are so-so and not even the secondary romance had enough power to make this book interesting. Skip this one.
There are times that I think, for a women, it would be nice to have someone else "take care of everything".
But, alas, I for one would probably not have survived this culture for an entire day. It's the mouth you understand. I would not be anymore able to adjust than Sarah.
But, ahhh, what a fantasy. To have such a man so totally obsessed with you that he would be willing to part with almost anything to have to you. What woman, especially those who read romance, wouldn't long for a little bit of that.
I loved. I recommend it. Yes, I agree its not the usual
romantic approach but is a sigh a minute one.
This was definitely a five star rating, the book was so good!
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The amazon blurb, which includes a review by 'Patricia S' tells you pretty much everything that happens in the tale, so I won't repeat any of it, but for the time it was written, it's one of the hottest and most daring books. I loved not only the love scenes, but the actual tale, the forbidden-ness of it, the dialogue, the conflicts, the insight into the Ottoman culture and mindset, and I loved the secondary, clandestine romance of the princess that Sarah was meant to tutor, and the fact that she was prepared to forego her inheritance, riches and priviledged life for a commoner, and that she got away with her man, to another life.
Sarah's and Khalid's relationship was great - both were conflicted, but for utterly different reasons, and you could literally see her falling for the man under all of the 'because I say so' that he came out with. I liked that he was at conflict between his Eastern upbringing, rules and country, and his Western education, and thoughts of how his English mother would have felt about his actions. His grandmother, Fatimah, incredibly old, but a romantic and very modern in her thinking, is brilliant - aiding and abetting them both.
The love scenes in this tale are numerous, explicit and very erotic, which shocked me the first time I read this tale, some 15 years ago. This is one of her novels that has weathered time and change very well, unlike many of her 80s romances that she's reissued recently; their reading has been spoilt by how dated, backward, and occasionally, bordering on racist (simply due to the era of the tale) some of the characters are.
The follow-up novel features Sarah's cousin and a countryman of Khalid's, in similar, but not identical circumstances as this couple, and it's great to see Sarah and Khalid living their HEA in it. Several years down the line, they have kids, she's continued to influence not only him, but his countrymen and women, and the way in which the future heir, their son, will rule. I don't think she's written the latter's romance, but I bet it would have been equally great.
A 5* Keeper of a tale.
I really wanted to give this one 5 stars, but the scenes in England. Hmmm! Not being Turkish I don't know how authentic those scenes were, but some of the english ones really grated. Mainly because of things like saying that "Star gazey pie" is similar to shepherds pie, that yorkshire pudding is similar to american biscuits. And a common one from american authors saying "blocks" instead of streets or roads.
These were small points but did interrupt the flow of the latter part of the story, a bit more research perhaps?
I'm not so fussed on Victorian era stories, but I thought I'd give this one a go, and I'm so glad that I did. It's a gorgeous story about two stubborn, strong willed people from very two different worlds who ultimately can't live without one another. The main characters, Sarah and Kalid, are well drawn, and even the supplementary characters are well fleshed out, which doesn't always happen in this kind of novel.
I literally couldn't put it down, hence the bags under my eyes that no amount of concealer can hide!