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Summary

Past and present collide on a richly mysterious Nile cruise....

From the best-selling author of Lady of Hay comes this atmospheric and gripping novel.  

Recently divorced Anna Fox decides to cheer herself up by retracing a journey her great grandmother Louisa made in the mid-19th century—a Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan. Anna carries with her two of Louisa’s possessions: an ancient Egyptian scent bottle and an illustrated diary of the original cruise that has lain unread for over a hundred years.

As she follows in Louisa’s footsteps, Anna discovers in the diary a wonderful Victorian love story—and the chilling secret of the little glass bottle. Meanwhile two men from the tour party develop an unfriendly rivalry for her attention, while showing a disturbing interest in Louisa’s mementoes. Most frightening of all, Anna finds herself the victim of a spectral presence that grows in strength and threat as the dramatic stories from three different eras intertwine in a terrifying climax.

©2009 Barbara Erskine (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Yet another superb book

I don't know where the author gets all her wonderful ideas, but I hope she continues find them. Another masterpiece. Brilliantly narrated.

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Spoiled by narration.

Found it difficult to get to the end of what was a good story as the style of narration , in my view, just wasn't appropriate.

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AWESOME

I've travelled down the River Nile on a cruise, I've read the hardback copy of this book and it brought back so many memories, but this edition just transported me back there, with the details of each of the temples, Truely Awesome 👌

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Romance in time

I read the book a few years ago whilst on holiday in Cyprus. I couldn’t put it down then and when I saw it was it here on audible I couldn’t get it quick enough. It was as I remembered a fantastic book. As with all Barbara Erskine it takes you away to a different time. You won’t be disappointed you can see and taste Egypt. I loved every minute of this book.

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Evokes Egypt but…

I read this book and enjoyed it so thought I would spend a credit it to listen to it.
I do like the story but the narrator has poor pronunciation of Egyptian names which is really irritating.

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Good read

listened to this on audio, great insight to Egypt and the story, interesting and full of description

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Annoying Narration and Achingly Dull Story

Really wanted to like this book, unfortunately I couldn’t get past the narration- words are clearly spoken, but all male voices are spoken in an arrogant and exasperated way and with each sentence elongated with an emphasis on the last word. Reminded me of police briefings…also the story line is tedious… wanted historical reference, but instead got’Charlie’ giving furious looks at ‘Andy’ and ‘Andy’ giving come hither looks to the main character (who’s name I have forgotten) …. Which says it all really.

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Brilliant

Loved the book as I always do with her books. It was read beautifully thanks

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Exciting story of an Egyptian artefact

I loved the book. Barbara Erskine is a great story teller of history and ghostly possession.The only reason I didn’t give full stars to the story was the ending.. I was left hanging with so many questions.. I do hope there will be a continuation in another book.
Please don’t leave us wondering what happens now

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Rambling

The narrator’s self satisfied style/delivery is rather annoying. The tale has interest but the characters are poorly drawn and the detail is superfluous most of the time.
I find the author does tend to drag her books out. This is no exception.