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An enchanting love story among the pyramids
on 31 January 2003
"As You Desire" is a warm and touching historical romance set in 1890 in Egypt. The author has done a thorough research of late Victorian egyptology and the life of antique collectors and unscrupulous dealers of the time period. Desdemona Carlyle is an enchanting young lady and an accomplished scholar who lives with her archeologist grandfather in Cairo.She loves her surroundings, the hot sun of the desert, the people of Cairo and she is dedicated to her grandfather's happiness.She is attracted to Harry Braxton but she keeps it deeply hidden because she thinks he is a scoundrel.Harry counts himself Desdemona's friend and in order to keep himself unattached he teases her all the time.He has a reputation of a dealer in Egyptian artefacts who is not afraid of using any method to obtain what he wants. He is also very charming and intelligent and full of mystery. The situation becomes more heated when Harry's cousin Lord Blake Ravenscroft arrives from England. The polite society of Cairo is very impressed by Lord Ravenscroft's gentlemanly behaviour and even Desdemona can't resist his charm.Harry's life turns upside down and he has to make the biggest decision of his life. The storyline is fast-paced and full of exciting adventures and interesting glimpses into the circles of international antique collectors in Victorian Egypt.The author draws our attention into her story and we feel ourselves there among her colourful and wonderfully alive characters.Desdemona and Harry are among my few favourite romance characters. They are a matching pair, both very charming, intelligent and full of warmth.Their love story is heartwarming and beautiful on its own accord. The author's brilliant idea of infusing the love scenes with ancient Egyptian love poetry found my soft spot and I was enchanted by its beauty.
AS YOU DESIRE is a work of a talented author with lots of knowledge and heart. The story is outstanding and unique. I am sure it will delight all historical romance readers.