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In 1978, a New Zealand nurse on holiday met a handsome Bedouin, Mohammad Abdallah Othman, in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan. Almost instantaneously, she chose to trade her free-spirited Western lifestyle for a Bedouin marriage, traditions and language she knew virtually nothing about, and a home in a cave with a breathtaking view. A romance novel? No-van Geldermalsen's autobiography. The author focuses on her transformation from an outgoing but unmotivated twentysomething New Zealander into a mature woman whose heart absorbs this often-mysterious culture. She lived in the Petra caves with her growing family until 1985, when Petra's inhabitants were resettled nearby (it became a UNESCO World Heritage site), at which point the author grows less interested in her story, adding only one chapter for her time since 1985. Her husband died in 2001. In the epilog, van Geldermalsen explains that "I have mostly remembered the good times, but that is how I like to look at life." Perhaps this should have been stated in a prolog, as her massive transition between cultures comes across as surprisingly smooth and sunny. Yet readers will enjoy van Geldermalsen's detailed and deeply human depictions of celebrations, motherhood, and more in Petra. Recommended for public libraries and for academic library browsing collections.