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When her father is shot dead on the cobblestone streets of 1910 Albania, eighteen-year-old Eleanora must abandon her dream of studying art in Italy as she struggles to survive in a remote mountain village with her stepmother, Meria.
Nearing starvation, Meria secretly sells Eleanora into marriage with the cruel heir of a powerful clan. Intent on keeping her freedom, Eleanora takes an oath to remain a virgin for the rest of her life--a tradition that gives her the right to live as a man: she is now head of her household and can work for a living as well as carry a gun. Eleanora can also participate in the vengeful blood feuds that consume the mountain tribes, but she may not be killed--unless she forsakes her vow, which she has no intention of ever doing.
When an injured stranger stumbles into her life, Eleanora nurses him back to health, saving his life but risking her own as she falls in love with him . . .--Lady Nicola Mendelsohn --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File size : 741 KB
- Publication date : August 8, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks (August 8, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Print length : 332 pages
- ASIN : B01N8RES69
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- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0062660748
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #361,736 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Her whole life turned upside down with the death of her only blood relative, her father and facing an arranged marriage, she now, as a sworn virgin, goes on a journey to find his killer. In doing so, she finds the true story of who she really is, through love and loss and adventure.
It's a compelling and intricate subject matter that stems from a medieval tradition in Albania that is bestowed upon a female (when all male heirs are no longer living) to take on the male persona of the patriarch of the family.
In Eleanora's case, and all others, it was a step up in society in that it actually freed her from the confines of being on the same level as a beast of burden, and gave her respect from the community.
It's relevant now, a women have always has to gender-bend in ways and reinvent themselves according to the situation at hand..we are flexible like that!
All in all, a great read that led me to explore this subject at length, as I'm sure other readers will.
I look forward to the rest of Eleanora's life through Kristopher's lens!
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When reviewing a book it is easy to give away too much information and spoil it for a potential reader so I will just briefly skirt over the contents of this book and how I felt about the story.
Initially I thought it was a bit of a Cinderella type story, with Diana being spoilt by her dad and her step mom (Mirlinda) being treated unfairly. I soon realised that Diana was going to have a difficult life with many struggles, but she seemed very tough and able to handle herself very quickly. I felt mixed emotions about Mirlinda. At times I felt sad for the life that Diana had and how her life sometimes took on a sad and unfair path but I could see that she could be unfair to Mirlinda and being spoilt by her father as a young girl this spilled over into some of her decisions that got her into trouble. Not all the things that went on in her life were her fault and the decisions she had to make were often more out of survival than choice. Through sets of circumstances she finds herself in, there is violence, hardship and betrayal, but also genuine love.
There are lots of reference to life during this period and it must have been a very difficult time for both men and women. A lot of emphasis is on women of the time and what was expected of them. This book was refreshing and great to see that a woman was the main character. There were many twists and turns in the book and right up until the last page I was wondering how it would end.
I highly recommend this book and found it very entertaining and could visualise the scenes in detail because the author described everything in such fine detail. A very well written and very enjoyable book.