1) Well researched and strong character development kept me reading and interested in a setting and a time so different from our own. The descriptions of setting and especially of inner emotions were particularly well wrought.
2) It's wonderful to find a piece of historical fiction that is so thoroughly researched. The last score has a couple of points off because the pacing was so very scrambled, leaping back and forth in time in a way that did not, to me, serve the story. Still, a wonderful read and a glimpse of a culture I'd only known of from passing references.
Mistress of Mogador T.T. Thomas
Lesbian - Historical Romance
Paperback: 458 pages
Publisher: Bon View Publishing; First Edition edition (August 26, 2017)
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1895 – From the teeming shipping docks of Liverpool, England to the caravans of sub-Saharan deserts to the mysterious port of Mogador, Morocco, intrigue, danger and passion surround three unusual women looking for an uncommon love in a country and a world least likely to help them find it. Morocco! A land of elegant and revered architecture, the arts and the umblemished beauty of harsh opposites. Morocco! Traditions and tribal loyalties govern all political power, and cultural and religious differences make enemies of neighbors and beloveds of strangers. Nora Mandrake, owner and captain of a small fleet of cargo sailing ships, must navigate more than rough seas and an unfamiliar culture between Liverpool and Morocco, as her emotions fluctuate and fumble from constancy to capricious and between an old love and a new one. When Nora agrees to take on a paying passenger to augment the struggling cargo business, she finds herself intrigued with the lovely Alice Tattersall who happens to find Mandrake similarly fascinating. Little does Nora know, Alice’s father, Bertie Tattersall has plans for both his daughter and his shipment of contraband, innocuously labeled as sewing machines. But there’s a woman in Mogador, Najwa, who awaits the return of Captain Mandrake with whom she has begun to pursue a special relationship. Najwa, a proud and progressive Amazighen (Berber) woman has a high standard for love and an inviolable sense of integrity. This could be disastrous. But thrilling. But disastrous! Mandrake realizes her most dangerous enemy is herself—her passions force her to confront the troubling realization that her attitudes toward women are no more enlightened than the prevailing male attitudes she has come to despise in the Morocco she has come to love. How could this happen to her? Mandrake wants it all, and all of it is what she stands to lose, as all three women pivot unsteadily on the eve of the enormous progress and breath-taking social turmoil of the 20th century.
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