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Eleonara Cohen's introduction to nineteenth century Ottoman Empire intrigues began as a stowaway. From her childhood trunk hiding place, Cohen graduates steadily to bigger things and wider scenes. After her father dies, she is adopted by an influential insider; then under the tutelage of an American minister and educator, she becomes a valued, if somewhat reluctant advisor to the Sultan himself. Michael David Lukas's debut novel captures the atmosphere of this hinge-point in Mideast history. Exotic; romantic; suspenseful.