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What People Have Said About "BEYOND SAQQARA"

I just finished the 2nd book of the Castle in the Sand series. It was a long
wait, but it was worth it. I really enjoyed it. A lot more conflict between the
two cultures, but Anwar and Kara handled everything as best as they could.
There is sadness which pulls them apart. But they find each other again.
I can't wait for the next book.

                                                                                                                    Kathy Battershell
                                                                                                                       Conway, AZ

BEYOND SAQQARA

Rhonda Collins & Sandra McLaren
Contemporary Romance
Castle Publishing -- 2001

 http://www.roadtoromance.dhs.org/reviewbeyondsaqqara.htm

Beyond Saqqara’ is the second installment of a trilogy that begins with "Kahramaan’, the story of two lovers, two cultures and multiple obstacles they must overcome in their quest for peace and understanding within these different cultures. Anwar is an Egyptian of royal decent, Amber a young English woman of humble means. To make matters even more complicated, he’s thirty years her senior. But the love between them recognizes no age, no culture, no bounds.

Amber struggles with the prejudice of Anwar’s culture and the realization that her parents will never understand her love for him, so she resolves to keep her relationship with the wealthy foreigner secret from them. In turn, Anwar repeatedly encourages Amber to marry him in the Egyptian manner so that she will be accepted and recognized as his wife in his own culture. But problems, misunderstandings and grief threaten to tear the two lovers apart.

Beyond Saqqara transports the reader into another world; a world of sand, heat and undeniable passion. Ms. Collins and Ms. McLaren introduce the reader to the Mideast of the early 1960’s, weaving into the plot the vagaries of Egyptian custom and tradition and the country’s struggle to blend into the present while maintaining its ties to the past. The story of Anwar and Amber brilliantly parallels this transformation from past to present, and the wonderful characters compassionately portray the uncertainties as well as the devotion this couple feels for one another. This reader anxiously awaits the third book in this trilogy, Castles in the Sand, to discover where Anwar and Amber’s predestined love carries them.

 

Reviewed by Denise M. Clark
November 14, 2001 for the Road to Romance