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DAUGHTER OF SAND AND STONE: A Historic Fiction ~Libbie Hawker

I open the page and soon I am riding a camel across the desert sands in 270 C.E. and quickly along for the ride (or story) of Zenobia, a seventeen year old youngest daughter of an Oasis trader who keeps Rome in supplies, food and finery.

Zenobia is headstrong and has her own opinions although she must keep within the boundaries of a proper woman of her time.  She has a lust for power and she leads a revolution against Rome in her lifetime.  She became known as the new Cleopatra of her time.   There are stories about her life, her revolution, and wealth; the author has filled in the details of how she thinks that life came to be so strong and powerful.

When my daughters were teenagers they certainly enjoyed learning history through this style of historic fiction.  They would have loved the feisty spirit, education, and language skills of this amazing woman.  It would have given them perspective on the Middle East within the context of all the current news and the “Egyptian Spring” Revolution recently.   I would have added this book to my gift list and passed it on to their friends.  The book is easy to read and not extremely complex and has a wonderfully spelled out adventure to keep the reader interested.

The author’s notes at the end of the story were actually more interesting to me.  I found it fascinating how she chose the subject matter and learned about this incredible young woman and what she truly accomplished.  What an amazing amount of research went into this novel.  Not a great fan of the Roman Empire and the atrocities perpetuated by the Caesar, Hawker approaches the story as a prime example of the attempts to be released from the hold and an event to be celebrated as the empire rises and falls over history’s telling of the story.

TLC Book Tours sent me a copy of this uncorrected advanced copy for review and I am happy to say I read the story and learned from this effort.  I would not have chosen this book for myself and as I stated earlier I liked the author’s notes the best and wish I had discovered them earlier.    I did not realize it was historic fiction until I looked up the Revolution in my reference and discovered this was a real person and event.

History Buffs would definitely give this a 5 star rating and I do so love to read.

About the Author from the book cover:

“Libbie Hawker writes historical and literary fiction featuring deeply human characters, with rich details of time and place.  She is the author of ten novels, most of which take place in the distant past among ancient civilizations.  She lives in the beautiful San Juan Islands with her husband.  Find more information about this author at:

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4 Responses to “DAUGHTER OF SAND AND STONE: A Historic Fiction ~Libbie Hawker”

  1. Heather J @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    I always love a good author’s note. Getting a behind the scenes perspective from the author gives me a new appreciation for the story.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

    Patricia Reply:

    Good book Happy to be on the tour and I so enjoyed the author’s notes on her research.

  2. Sam Juliano Says:

    i’m always been drawn to period pieces, and this time and place will almost always grab my attention. Great review here Patricia! I see you have family remembrances to enrich the presentation. Terrific.
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    Patricia Reply:

    This was a wonderful read Sam and I enjoyed the opportunity.
    Thank you for your kind words.
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