The Sworn Virgin

  • by Kristopher Dukes
  • Narrated by Barrie Kreinik
  • 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dukes' gripping historical novel tells the tale of a desperate Albanian woman who will do whatever it takes to keep her independence and seize control of her future...even if it means swearing to remain a virgin for her entire life.
When 18-year-old Eleanora's father is shot dead on the cobblestone streets of 1910 Albania, 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.
But when an injured stranger stumbles into her life, Eleanora nurses him back to health, saving his life - yet risking her own as she falls in love with him....


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Customer Reviews

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Never an un-dull moment

The story of a woman struck by tragedy and revenge I understand, but this story was such a drag on "My Soul". I listened to the entire book, so it wasn't the worst book in the world, but I am so glad it's over. The narrator didn't do male voices very well, but the young girl was fine. I don't remember the setting (country) nor the time (century) if it was ever even mentioned. I would have liked to know that, but I believe it to be somewhere near the early 1900's and in Turkey, but I could be mistaken. I feel as if it could have had more meat if it were to be written in more modern day and her actions had changed the face of male bigotry, but it did nothing of the sort.
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Not worth finishing

Started out beautifully with a rich culture and wonderful description, but the main character was whiny, narcissistic and wishy-washy. I couldn't empathize with her or any other character after the first part of the book. I kept going hoping it would get better, but jen it just abruptly ended after she changed her mind for the 100th time.
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- Bryn Moser

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-08-2017
  • Publisher: Harper Audio