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Adora
     

Adora

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by Bertrice Small
 

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Adora!Her beauty was legend. And in the dying days of the great Byzantine Empire - that last vestige of what had once been Imperial Rome - her value as the emperor's daughter was priceless.

Three men claimed her as wife. Orkhan, the powerful Ottoman sultan; the dashing pirate Alexander, lord of Mesembria; and Prince Murad, to whom Adora's heart truly belonged. In a

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Adora!Her beauty was legend. And in the dying days of the great Byzantine Empire - that last vestige of what had once been Imperial Rome - her value as the emperor's daughter was priceless.

Three men claimed her as wife. Orkhan, the powerful Ottoman sultan; the dashing pirate Alexander, lord of Mesembria; and Prince Murad, to whom Adora's heart truly belonged. In a grand epic that sweeps the reader from the golden palaces of fourteenth-century Byzantium to the blazing sensuality of the sultan's harem, Adora was a woman who firmly controlled her own destiny because she and Murad were meant only for each other. And together their passions would forge an empire.

Adora! Her name was the secret of all love.

Publisher Note: This story was previously published elsewhere, 1980-1995.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419956799
Publisher:
Ellora's Cave Publishing
Publication date:
11/30/2007
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.93(d)

Meet the Author

Bertrice Small (1937-2015) was an American author of numerous bestselling historical, fantasy, and erotic romance novels. She published more than 50 books and in 2004 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times magazine for her contributions to the romance genre. Her popular series include the Pleasure series, the World of Hetar series, and the Border Chronicles series.

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Adora 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
ElleMad More than 1 year ago
Adora is married at a young age to Orkhan the Grand Turk to cement political ties between him and her father, who would be the emperor of Byzantium. Left to languish in a convent, Adora meets and falls in love with Murad, Orkhan's son, but then she is unexpectedly summoned to the sultan's bed, and brutally deflowered with an object at the sultan's command, then raped by him. Does she hate him, or any of the others who participated in this horrific scene, for ill-treating her? Not at all. The next day she asks meekly to be schooled in the arts of seduction so as to better please her husband, and while she never loves him, she never ever makes him understand the pain he caused her; rather, she treats him with respect and affection. To top it all off, Murad decides it's her fault that his father raped her, so he decides to degrade and humiliate her too, and what do you know, she continues to love him! Small's novels are fascinating because of their historical research, but she seems to love to subject her heroines to cruel and degrading treatment, and there is never any kind of retribution or comeuppance for those who abuse them. Too often, her heroines actually love their abusers, even though they never show remorse for the things they do. There are some books of hers (The Kadin, Love Wild and Fair, and a few others) that are actually favorites of mine.) But stories like this one leave a sour feeling in my stomach.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very surprised not to find any reviews on this book. I am a huge Bertrice Small fan and this was the very first one of her books I read. It tells about a man who would just about anything to gain the woman he loves. It's engaging, right up until the end, which, by the way, made me cry. Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much, and it is with a sad heart that i tell it goodbye. I truly hope that you believe it is worth the purchase, because it is. I have fallen in love with each of the characters and hold them close to heart and mind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adora is the story of a fictional not quite princess from the dying Bystantine empire. A story of a woman far ahead ofvher time and the loves and losses in her life. Bertrice Small weaves the story of a name that has existed in history but has little historical record. This is the imagined tale of Theodora and Ms. Small does a phenomenal job weaving an intriguing story of romance, betrayal, and perseverence. The ending was a little too quick considering the focus that was put on Adora' s earlier life. Read is far more entertaining than a historical non-fiction. There is a lot of steamy love scenes and some that are definitely not but they are important to move the plot along. Great storytelling!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't tell you how many times I've read this book! I love Bertrice Small!!!!
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Good story, Love most all Bertrice Small books
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My FAVORITE book of all time, read this book 4 times ..also Bertrice Small is one of my favorite authors.
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Ginger1 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book because it was a story about Adora's life. It was well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book* looking for a different storyline this is your book Ending may leave you needing a tissue
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
what great read all 849 pages
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nondeplumeria More than 1 year ago
If you like love and hatred, this is the book for you. If you like history, romance and intrigue this is definitely the book for you.
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