A young nurse returns to her homeland after World War Two, unprepared for the trials that await her. Torn between revenge and love, her own identity and the dictates of society, finally she must face the truth of her own heart.
In my latest novel, I present a powerful evocation of my mother country. Set in the exotic and bygone world of Upper Egypt, Song of the Nile follows Aida’s journey of rediscovery – of the homeland she loves, with its white-sailed feluccas on the Nile, old-world charms of Cairo and the ancient secrets of its burning desert sands – and of the man she has never forgotten. A compelling story of passion and intrigue – a novel that lays open the beating heart of Egypt.
When young nurse Aida El Masri returns from war-torn London to her family’s estate in Egypt, she steels herself to face the challenges ahead.
Eight years have passed since her father, Ayoub, was framed for a crime he did not commit and died as a tragic result. Yet Aida has not forgotten, and now she wants revenge against the man she believes betrayed her father – his best friend, Kamel Pharaony.
Then Aida is reunited with Kamel’s son, the captivating surgeon Phares, who offers her marriage. In spite of herself, the secret passion Aida harboured for him as a young girl reignites. Still, how can she marry the son of the man who destroyed her father and brought shame on her family? Will coming home bring her love, or only danger and heartache?
From the bestselling author of Aphrodite’s Tears comes a love story burning with the sultry heat and mystery of Egypt.
Song of the Nile will be published as an ebook on my website on 14th February (Valentine’s Day!), and hardback and paperback editions will follow soon. Watch this space for more news as we near publication, and for articles on the novel and its setting and historical context.