Of all the Tamara Leigh “clean read” books I have read, this is by far my favorite (and I really, really liked the other ones.). As the story evolved, I thought I could predict what was going to happen and who was going to do what but this book was full of characters and scenarios that provided pleasant surprises. I didn’t feel like anything was contrived either. The decisions, reactions, and events in the book were complex and wonderfully intertwined.
The main character, Alessandra, matured during the story which was so refreshing! She even explored feminism and formed her own opinions - loved it! Her mother was an incredible and brave woman and the hero was admirable and reasonable - not some muscular macho stereotype who's stubborn with a one track mind. The author made me care about everyone – even the villain.
I also enjoyed the cultural elements and contrast between the religions, lifestyles, and climates. I was relieved that the author did not make the book gritty with its portrayal of slavery and I'm relieved it didn't include rape. (I don't need to read about it to be conscientious.)
Overall, it was a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it!