Adora

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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...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419956799
  • Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/30/2007
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 298,251
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    Heroine as Doormat

    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.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2000

    A great love story

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Amazing!!!!!!!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    A trip back to an fascinating time period!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    loved the book.

    loved the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    good read

    Good story, Love most all Bertrice Small books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    Adora!!!

    My FAVORITE book of all time, read this book 4 times ..also Bertrice Small is one of my favorite authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    One of my favorites by Ms. Small

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book because it was a story about Adora's

    I really enjoyed this book because it was a story about Adora's life. It was well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Great book

    Great book* looking for a different storyline this is your book

    Ending may leave you needing a tissue

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    what great read all 849 pages

    what great read all 849 pages

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Very good

    Nice love story

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Really like it. A very good read!

    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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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    Great+read

    It+has+it+all+mystery%2C+passion%2C+intrique+and+a+sense+of+history.+Its+always+good+for+a+day+read.++A+favorite+to+be+enjoyed.++I+like+the+characters+they+feel+real+and+complex.++

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

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    I Also Recommend:

    There is True LOVE

    There has been only a few books that has taken me so low that my heart cried out, Bertrice Small as done this 4 times to me in her books. This book has done me end . But I will try, dont get me wrong is was a great book. What Adora went threw in her life of people who hated her so bad all i will say it is in her family to go to the link of what they were trying to do. And then when she was past on to another world of life it took her away. Then there came love and the true loves she has or had will never die. And the things she believe in and she did stand up to what she did believe in and she was a very head strong Lady. And Murad an Alex. I will never forget this story ( Love an War ) I have this book on softback beides on my ebook. IT IS A MUST TO READ. LADYS HaVE THE TISSURES READY. I wish Ms Small will would bring out Hellion an Love Slave, on ebook as well. All the books I have on Ms Small is a must to read great books as well.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2006

    Excellent read!!!

    My very first of Beatrice Small. I love it! Very entertaining and a page turner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2000

    Adora..

    I too was surprised not to see a good review for this book, it was the first Bertrice Small book i read back in high school and it made me a true fan, im just about to order a new copy as the one i ahd got torn up years ago and no store ive gone to carries this title anymore! Cannot wait to read it again!-Loren

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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