Secret of the Sands
by Sara Sheridan
Released: February 2011
Published by: Avon Harper Collins
If you like reading historical fiction, then ‘Secret of the Sands’ by Sara Sheridan is a book well worth seeking out. Set in the 1800’s, what makes this book some what different and attractive, is that this historical adventure and romance, is actually set in the geographical region of the Arabian Peninsula.
The historical elements within this book have been very well researched by the author. The story provides the reader with a clear and vividly descriptive picture of the Arabian Peninsula during this period in history, the work of a Royal Navy survey ship in this area, the relationships found within the ship's crew, and the brutality of slavery which had been abolished, but which was still rife within this region.
It is within this very rich context, that the story of a harsh adventure and a probable socially and professionally forbidden type of romance for that period in time, is told. As a reader you can almost imagine yourself in the desert with the main characters of this story as it unfolds. The scenes are described so well within this book, that you can actually feel the atmosphere that has been created within this fascinating tale, as well as almost smell the goods that are for sale in the oriental markets of Muscat!
‘Secret of the Sands’ is a very enjoyable and historically accurate book that really 'drew me in', as the story developed. I think that this book may well be a possible strong contender for a historical romance book award this year. We shall have to wait and see!