I am always happy to read a book by Anne Cleeland whether it be contemporary or historical. Sourcebooks sent me a copy of her latest at no charge for my honest review. Read on to learn about Daughter of the God King.
About Daughter of the God King:
About the Author:
Anne Cleeland holds a degree in English from UCLA as well as a law degree from Pepperdine University and is a member of the California State Bar. She writes historical fiction set in the Regency period and contemporary romantic suspense. A member of the Historical Novel Society, she lives on Balboa Island, California and has four children. Her first novel was Tainted Angel.
Daughter of the God King is my second Regency novel by Ms. Cleeland and I dare say I enjoyed it immensely. Hattie (Hathor) Blackhouse is the daughter of famous Egyptologists which is all well and good but they ignore her and leave her to rot in the Cornwall countryside. She has had enough rusticating and devises a plan to go to Paris to find her childhood friend and get him to marry her. What she doesn’t know is that her parents are missing and various elements are seeking her because they think she knows more than she does.
Hattie and her faithful companion, Bing set off and while in Paris they do find Robbie but they also find trouble. Lots and lots of trouble. Deciding to take matters into her own hands Hattie has Bing book passage to Egypt so she can look for her parents herself. What Hattie doesn’t know is why her parents are missing and why everyone keeps looking to her for answers. She does pick up a very handsome, very mysterious friend along the way and he knows a lot more than he is willing to share.
This was a page turning, very quick witted read about some very dark subjects. Egypt was a pawn in Napoleon’s power mad gamble to rule the world. Ms. Cleeland brings a certain lightness to dark subjects with her witty characters and bright dialog. There is still plenty of suspense to keep you glued to the pages and the ending is if not satisfying, at least fulfilling. There is also one huge shocker of a twist that turns the whole story inside out. I’m hoping there will be further adventures for all involved in this novel as the characters were well developed and downright fun.