In the aftermath of tragedy and scandal, Sabin FitzSimon, illegitimate son of a Norman earl, leaves England for the Holy Land in search of a new beginning.At first, it seems impossible, as the demons from his past life return to haunt him, and Sabin finds his back to the wall. In the heat and dust, magnificence and danger of Northern Syria, he must either face himself, or be vanquished.Annais, a quiet, convent-raised young woman, accompanies her father to their new life in the Holy Land. Her encounters with Sabin FitzSimon leave her bewildered, desirous, and more than a little hostile. Bravely facing up to heartache, an arranged marriage, war, and death, she falls deeply in love with the country and its people.But it will take more than love to secure what she holds dear, including Sabin FitzSimon.More
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Another Solid Book From Chadwick
I have enjoyed many of Chadwick's other books and this is another solid story from this author. As usual, she does a wonderful job of throughly researching the period and bringing the era to life with vivid and detailed descriptions. If you are a lover of historical fiction and/or Chadwick's other books, you will not be disappointed.
The ending and plot were somewhat predictable, but that does not make the book any less interesting.
The reader does a good a job with the story and setting the mood.
A Personal Story of Life in the Levant
One production element that I also enjoyed was a little bit of music between sections. The audio version is over 17 hours and I listened to over a three week period. I found the musical breaks helped recognize the section transitions and was a useful listening tool. It was not overwhelming as it often can be in many audiobook productions.
A descriptive historical picture!