I enjoyed this book - read it while lazing in Hawaii ! The protagonist is a very sheltered woman but even so, I couldn't see myself traipsing half way round the world to find that jerk who impregnated her ! I would have taken out a contract on him !!! Seriously, it was very well written and interesting about the life in Morocco and attitudes there in the 1930s. A good story and a satisfying ending !
I always look forward to a Linda Holeman book as I know she will take me away from everyday life to an exotic setting in a far away land. In The Saffron Gate I was carried away to Morocco in the 1930’s. This author is very good at placing the reader in the story, I experienced the sights and sounds of the crowded souks, and tasted the strange flavours of kefta and mint tea. Rich and varied descriptions of clothing, furnishings and dwellings painted a strong picture.
The story revolves around Sidonie, an American woman who comes to Morocco in search of her lover who, although she is positive wanted to marry her, disappeared shortly after she announced she was pregnant. She followed him to the city of Marrakesh and while unravelling the mystery of his disappearance she comes fully under the spell of this country and it’s people. In particular, one man, a Turag, who aids her in her search and helps her adjust to this foreign world. Sidonie had led a very sheltered life in America, an only child, she suffered an attack of polio which left her slightly lame and self-conscious of her disability.
I enjoyed this book although it took me awhile to warm up to Sidonie. I understood her innocence was due to her sheltered upbringing but I found her to be less observant that I would have expected a painter to be. She was a little too trusting, taking things at face value even though again and again she found out she was being lied to. As the story progressed however, she was developing into an interesting and independent young women with a core of inner strength.
The Saffron Gate is a story of love, loss and redemption set in an amazing location that while I found a little far-fetched, was a overall satisfying historical romance.
lots of interesting background of Muslim culture in the 1930s and the geography of Marrakech
In 1917, at age 17, young Sidonie is having "impure" thoughts about the neighbourhood hunk and BAM, she is struck with polio. She survives and her life becomes about rehabilation and recovery, loneliness and isolation.( and guilt)She falls in love at age thirty and it is a BIG DEAL. He disappears(bigger deal) and she travels half way around the world to find him. Her journey takes her to Marakech. This book is exciting, colouful and moving; a journey measured in miles and self discovery.
Didn't get a chance to read this before it had to be returned. Borrow again.
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