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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2002

    If you want to understand 9/11 background read this.

    I came to Bold Destiny not knowing the subject but having read formal histories 'Queen of the Desert' re Gertrude Bell, a major player in the partition of the MIddle East, 'Women of the Raj,' and a history of 19th century British Colonial wars. This book for social, political, and emotional detail is a historically accurate and useful look of why Christian and Muslim worlds collide.

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

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    The cover art on an updated edition gives the impression that Bold Destiny is a tale of banal boudoir seduction and does no service whatsoever to the book's serious setting of war.

    It's 1833 and the Brits are in Afghanistan, secure in their superiority over the heathens. The central character, Annabelle Spencer, straddles two cultures: the English one she vaguely remembers and her formative years under the strong influence of Islam. A strong-willed 9-year-old when her parents were killed during a raid in an Afghan mountain pass she was brought as a prize to Akbar Khan, powerful and cunning tribal chief. He raised and educated her in the world of Islam. Renamed Ayesha, at 20 she is obedient, intelligent, multilingual, taught to hate the feringee, and trained to give pleasure to the Khan. Destiny begins when Lt. Christopher (Kit) Ralston, on patrol to negotiate with Akbar Khan, comes upon a beautiful bathing woman who is obviously not Afghani. The danger of this trespass is exacerbated by a mistaken whim of the Khan to gift Ayesha to Kit for a night; he thought to humiliate the Brit but instead the couple is profoundly shaken by what passes between them. Annabell-Ayesha becomes torn between the two worlds, but sends Kit away. Destiny becomes bold indeed when Kit seizes an opportunity during a skirmish to remove her from Akbar's quarters to his. Akbar wants her back at all costs, and he successfully fans the flames of the tribes who set out to destroy the intruders. The harsh country, the harsh lives of the Afghans and the slaughter of British forces led by sappy officers is well drawn. But too many steamy moments detract from the horrors of war that continue to this day. Disappointing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2002

    A brutal disappointment

    After reading several Jane Feather novels, I found Bold Destiny to be a great disappointment. It was more of a history lesson than a love story. There was so much hatred and violence in this novel that I wasn't able to see beyond that. I always applaud Ms. Feather on her historical love stories; I have them all! This one just wasn't one of my favorites.

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    Posted January 28, 2011

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