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Summary

Joan Seabrook, a fledgling archaeologist, has fulfilled a lifelong dream to visit Arabia by travelling from England to the ancient city of Muscat with her fiancé, Rory.

Desperate to escape the pain of a personal tragedy, she longs to explore the desert fort of Jabrin and unearth the treasures it is said to conceal. But Oman is a land lost in time - hard, secretive and in the midst of a violent upheaval - and gaining permission to explore Jabrin could prove impossible.

Joan's disappointment is alleviated only by the thrill of meeting her childhood heroine, pioneering explorer Maude Vickery, and hearing firsthand the stories that captured her imagination and fuelled her ambition as a child.

Joan's encounter with the extraordinary and reclusive Maude will change everything. Both women have things that they want and secrets they must keep. As their friendship grows, Joan is seduced by Maude's stories and the thrill of the adventure they hold, and only too late does she begin to question her actions - actions that will spark a wild and potentially disastrous chain of events.

Will the girl who left England for this beautiful but dangerous land ever find her way back?

Read by Anna Bentinck.

©2016 Katherine Webb (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group

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Great story

At first, thought I'd made a mistake and that it was a humdrum chick lit; I was wrong. Great story and very compelling. Recommend.

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  • Dave
  • 04-06-18

A Magic Carpet Ride!!

I didn't want the story to end. I was completely mesmerized by Katherine Webb's richly descriptive, beautiful, thought provoking, at tImes heartbreaking story. The reader brings the characters to life so much that I felt I could reach out and touch them. The author weaved a many layered story with twists and turns that I just held on and enjoyed the ride. I loved listening to this book.