She’s hot under the collar – and it’s not just due to the storm warning imminently expected to hit the Red Sea coast and Nubian Desert. Ann’s boss, tall handsome Jonathan has just dropped his bombshell. The archaeological dig, Ann and her colleagues are enthusiastically absorbed in, has run out of funding, and it’s all down to entrepreneur Conrad Knight.
The local Bedouin Ababda, together with ecologists and conservationists, are up in arms…they don’t want Ann and her team digging near the designated national park. Ironically they want to preserve the forever changing desert landscape it as it is.
As the storm clouds gather in intensity, dark, enigmatic Conrad arrives to explain his decision. But Ann refuses to listen and despite his warning about the pending sandstorm, flees into the desert in search of the elusive Ptolemaic temple which would solve all their problems.
At the site, the storm catches up with Ann and she is forced to seek cover. Sanctuary arrives from an unexpected quarter and Ann is forced to question her heart. Should she trust it with this unfathomable rescuer dressed as Lawrence of Arabia?
Absolutely enjoyed this short romantic respite from the usual crime fiction I read.
Through her excellent writing skills, Faith Mortimer has managed to take me to the Nubian Desert.
The scenery is described so vividly that it was as if I was there surrounded by sand dunes and dromedaries. I could almost feel the blazing sun burning my skin and the gathering wind whipping at my clothes.
All characters are well-described and likeable. Ann's frustrations, emotions and thoughts are brilliantly put into words. I liked the way the story shifts from relative calmness to utter chaos in an instant.
The story is well balanced between scene setting and romance. Loving archaeology, the main theme of the story was simply an added bonus for me.
Well done Faith. Will surely read more of your books!