A gripping, exotic and epic tale for fans of Dinah Jeffries and Victoria Hislop The unexpected arrival of her willful teenage granddaughter, Ruby, brings life and disorder to 82-year-old Iris Black's old house in Cairo.
Ruby, driven away from England by her fraught relationship with her own mother, is seeking refuge with the grandmother she hasn't seen for years. An unlikely bond develops as Ruby helps Iris document her fading memories of the glittering, cosmopolitan Cairo of World War Two, and of her one true love - the enigmatic Captain Xan Molyneux - whom she lost to the ravages of war. This lost love shaped Iris's past - and will affect Ruby's future in ways they could not have imagined...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 04/09/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780007173549
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Review by nancynova
Excellent book from dvg's wishlist that I ordered to read first, before passing along. Ruby is a 19 yo British girl, not getting along with her family. So, she spontaneously flies to Cairo to live with her 82 yo grandmother Iris. The story vacillates between Ruby learning about modern day Cairo and falling in love with the Egyptian taxi driver's brother, Ash. And Iris' memories of her great love of a soldier during WWII and the German's push through Africa, which was part of the war that isn't written about very often. The descriptions of the area were vivid and quite well interwoven with the story. You could visualize the upper-class Cairo that Iris was born into, the parties that the expat's gave, the lesser areas where the pooer lived and the desert sands that drew Xan and his bedouin guide to show Iris.