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A Matter of Loyalty [Kindle Edition]

Sandra Howard
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Book Description

When a bomb goes off in London's West End, Home Secretary Victoria Osborne has a desperate sense of having failed in her duty to protect the public. A young Muslim reporter, Ahmed Khan - on the staff of a national newspaper edited by Victoria's husband - also has a deep-seated sense of anger and responsibility. He persuades his editor to let him go back amongst childhood friends in Leeds to try to glean anything - any lead, any clue - that might help prevent further bombs.
When Ahmed meets Victoria's daughter, Nattie, at a party, he cannot get her out of his mind. They begin seeing each other. As he turns over stones in his hometown and finds out uncomfortable facts, his involvement with Nattie has everyone alarmed. He continues to see her and keep in touch with a group of potential terrorists. Knowing something catastrophic is being planned, Ahmed fears for Nattie's safety and becomes obsessively determined to thwart it...

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About the Author

Sandra Howard has quickly established herself as a highly successful commercial novelist. Married to the former leader of the Conservative Party, Michael Howard, she was also, in the l960s, one of the UK's leading fashion models. Sandra lives in London and in Kent.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (15 Dec. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847372341
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847372345
  • ASIN: B0039ZBQ2O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #163,925 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sandra Howard was born in Malta during WW2 .Her father, an Air Force doctor, specialised in tropical medicine and she had a peripatetic childhood, attending over a dozen schools. Back in Britain she became a photographic model and was on the books of the Lucy Clayton agency in London and Eileen Ford in New York. She is the only model to have been on the cover of American Vogue for two successive months. She began writing novels much later in life, after doing a little freelance journalism. Her first best selling novel was Glass Houses, followed by Ursula's Story, A Matter of Loyalty, and Ex-Wives. Her latest book, Tell the Girl, which draws heavily on personal experiences and is set partly in the Sixties, will be published on 3rd July. Sandra is married, with three adult children and loves writing, reading and travel.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 11 Mar. 2009
This book gripped me fairly early on with it's topical theme of terrorist cells in Britain. Obviously written using her personal experience of being married to a Home secretary, as Sandra Howard was,the book exudes authority on the ways of the security services, which together with a first rate love story makes it a really good read.The various threads are skillfully woven together to make a very satisfying book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and relevant 20 Mar. 2009
A Matter of Loyalty is a book for our time. It's about an Islamist terrorist plot, and the effect this has on the lives of the characters. Every detail is very carefully researched and the book is truly unputdownable. The fundamentalist characters are just as realistic as the others in the story, and the scenes in Harehills - a Muslim area of Leeds - are some of the best in the book. Sandra Howard develops the storyline in such a skillful way. I would say this is the best of the three books she has written so far, which is saying a lot.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enthralling read 2 May 2009
Having enjoyed the first two books by Sandra Howard [Glass Doors and Ursula's Story] I was delighted that 'A Matter of Loyalty' followed on so seamlessly with the characters developing as the story unfolded. I found the book impossible to leave. The plot was swift- moving and exciting - a further insight into a world beyond my experience. Sandra Howard is an elegant writer with a keen observer's eye for detail which makes the book such a satisfactory read.
Anne Smith
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story - Well Written 18 Jun. 2009
Sandra Howard's eagerly anticipated third book did not disappoint. I have read the first two, in what could be called a series, but which in fact is three books that can be read in isolation from each other and still be coherent and absorbing stories. I enjoy the fact that the reader can dip in to the lives of all these different intertwined characters and understand their morals, motives and passions. I found the plot about Islamic extremism very well researched and gripping. All the characters are engaging, even those you don't like. My personal favourite is William and I think the relationship between William and Victoria, and their sparring matches, is one of the many strong elements in the book. It is great to get insider knowledge on the going-on of Parliament also. I think Sandra is a fabulous writer, one who really hooks you from the start and often spears you with some of her turns of phrase and expressions of emotion - and I look forward to another installment of the lives of this particular group of characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but a trifle contrived 24 April 2010
Sandra Howard has, once again, written an excellent book dealing with issues people don't like to think about. A griping narrative with a believable romance and well-thought-out characters, the only criticism I would make is that the family really does live in interesting times! A miscarried baby to a battered wife, a daughter kidnapped by an accused paedophile and now a flirtation with a suspected terrorist - the chain of events all happening to the same family does somewhat beggar belief. However, the story is more than sufficiently exciting that the reader doesn't really notice the soap-opera family background and it makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read 4 Mar. 2012
By Judy
Growing up as Muslim, I have to admit that It amazed me how much I related to this novel. And even though I did either skip or skim through its sex scenes, I really enjoyed reading it. But I could put it down more than once, and that was to ask myself how could `Non-Muslim' former model dig that deep into the Muslim mentality and get it all right. Here are some quotations from this beautiful novel:

* "I share a flat with someone I met through the BBC. I'd known him a year and been sharing for months before I discovered he was Jewish. I could never tell my parents that"

*"His parents had foud the idea of their son sharing with a Christian -as they'd assumed- distressing beyond belief. Ahmed had laid it on about Oxford, Jake's parents being dons, and their beautiful Georgian home. He was always made welcome and regretted missing a weekend with them"

*"Having the run of the house one afternoon, ... , Ahmed had opened a door on to a study and been about to close it when he noticed a row of gilt-lettered titles in Hebrew in a wall of bookshelves. A little more snooping and the facts became clear. His immediate reaction had been a sense of alienation and letdown; Jack not telling him had felt like an infidelity. Had it seemed irrelevant? Had he just not thought about it? But then would Jack really have had a clue about a Muslim upbringing in a closed community whose ways and traditions bred deep suspicion if not outright hatted of Jews?
The friendship had stood the test and pulled aside that iron curtain of drummed-in prejudice and mistrust".

This book is the first book I read for Sandra Howard, She has booked a place on my bookshilves, it definitely won't be the last.
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I started off by enjoying this book, the characterisation was good and the overall themes surrounding the actual story I thought were quite well-written as it covered the topical issues of the day quite well. Then about half-way through the books, the characters in questions started swearing, whenever this happens in a book, it puts me off the book immediately.

Had I known this when looking at the preview I would not have chosen the book and I shall not be reading any more by this author for this reason.

Quite disappointed in the author's decision to allow the characters to swear when this was not needed within the storyline itself.

I did not feel that this storyline was very relastic at all, the characters were quite badly drawn, and she seemed to rely on the previous book's characters to carry her through, very very disappointing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
i enjoyed reading this book but you just knew some of things were going to happen
Published 12 days ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very exciting and totally believable.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Pamela Sparkes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I had email from Sandra and Michael which is
icing on the cake in many respects.
Sandra is a fist class writer.
I highly recommend this book.
Published 5 months ago by Baz watson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Gripping from the word go. Could not put it down once I started.
Published 6 months ago by esme stockwell
4.0 out of 5 stars I
I like the style of writing although I sometimes feel as though I have missed a page. More used to dotted I,s and crossed T,s a's in Dick Francis
Published 7 months ago by abba
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Sandra Howard writes a good story and her background research is excellent. Although the ending was predictable, it didn't turn out exactly as I expected, so full marks!
Published 12 months ago by Helen Deverill
2.0 out of 5 stars A Matter of Disappointment
This started out as a fairly promising escapist read, ideal for the end-of-year holiday period which was when I was reading it: topical subject and an author who, by virtue of her... Read more
Published on 31 Dec. 2012 by Impulsia
5.0 out of 5 stars A Matter of Loyalty by Sandra Howard
This is a very good read I preferred it to her previous book.
It was the kind of story that you couldn't quite wrk out the end straight away. Read more
Published on 16 July 2012 by Ann Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars highly reccommended
I am half way through this book and think it is brilliant. Very detailed and descriptive. You can relate to the places and people. I would definetly reccommend this book.
Published on 8 Aug. 2010 by a reader
1.0 out of 5 stars a poor book
I have rarely had the displeasure of reading such a thinly-plotted, poorly written book. Cardboard, stereotypical characters with no more depth than an after-dinner mint.
Published on 9 July 2010 by Helena Andrews
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