Maggie Owen is a beautiful, spirited Egyptologist... but lonely. Even being in Egypt on a grant from the college she teaches at to search for an undiscovered necropolis she's certain lies below the sands beyond the pyramids of Gizah doesn't give her the happiness she'd hoped it would. There has always been and is something missing. Love. Then her workmen uncover Ramose Nakh-Min's ancient tomb and an amulet from his sarcophagus hurls her back to 1340 B.C – where she falls hopelessly in love with the man she was destined to be with, noble Ramose, who faithfully serves the heretic Pharaoh Akhenaton and his queen Nefertiti.
She's fallen into perilous times with civil war threatening Egypt. She's been mistaken for one of Ramose's runaway slaves and with her blond hair, jinn green eyes and fair skin she doesn't fit in. Some say she's magical and evil. Ramose's favorite, Makere, attempts to kill her. The people, angry the pharaoh Akhenaton has set his queen Nefertiti aside and he's forced them to worship his god, Aton (instead of their many Egyptian gods), are rising up against him. Maggie's caught in the middle of it in a dangerous land and time she doesn't belong in.
In the end, desperately in love with Ramose, will she find a way to stay alive and with him in ancient Egypt–and to make a difference in his world and history undefined. Because Maggie has finally found love.
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I'm a big fan of time travel books and expected to like this book, which I did. However, the narrator is not right for this book. She does not enunciate properly and reads too fast--her sentences crash into each other like out-of-control bumper cars. She also mispronounced Akhenaten through most of the book (Forvo anyone?). I find it hard to believe that the reader is a professional narrator/voice actor. In the spirit of full disclosure, I should say that I teach public speaking.
Someone who enunciates properly.
- P. "This is my dog Zoe. Zoe and I cannot bear it when narrators pronounce words incorrectly."
Good light romance
The book is written as a standard light romance. It is not in depth and not meant to be an amazing book. It was enjoyable and a fun description of Ancient Egypt. Nothing heavy, but a good listen.
The time travel is something you have to accept in the book. It does allowed the reader/listener to compare things to modern day, but it leaves the story unbelievable.
Anyone or better editing, the recording was awful. It seemed that she could not pronounce the names so there was a single recording that was cut in anytime a name came up. The interruption was terrible and I almost returned the book. The volume level also faded in and out. Whoever was the sound editor and voice coach let this go in a terrible path. It would be so much easier to recommend this if it wasn't such a train wreck.
Yes! Fun story to listen to.
Happy the length was eight hours, anything less than that and I feel cheated.
- Alexandra Stack