“I swear to remain a virgin the rest of my life,” Diana declares in Kristopher Dukes debut novel, A Sworn Virgin: Broken Promises.
~ What ~
This two-hundred-ninety-three-page paperback targets those who like historical fiction with romance. With a cuss word and topics of sex, murder, and death, it may not be appropriate for immature readers.
Set in Albania in 1910, almost eighteen-year-old Diana was looking forward to being sent to an art school in Italy by her father. But when the unbelievable happens, she is forced to give up her lifelong dream and fend for herself.
Not wanting to marry a rich but abusive man in her village, she wonders if it is possible to choose another path of life. When the brutish man comes to claim her, she takes the sworn pledge to remain a virgin to the marriage.
When meeting older Andri, who captivates and fascinates her, she must decide what and who are the most important in her life. Often wondering what and if her decisions matter, she has to come to terms with what she wants.
~ What ~
Loving historical fiction, I found the concept of a woman wanting to have rights by acting as a man was interesting. I like how the writer blended the historical period in conversation, customs, and described scenery while dealing with tribal feuds, family honor, and broken promises.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like stories of revenge murder, masculine dominance, and self-survival may pass on this story.
~ Who ~
A native Californian, Dukes has been a nationally published writer since high school. This is her debut novel. She and her husband live in Southern California with their pet dog.
~ Wish ~
Having loose ends at the conclusion, the book could have a sequel. Since I tend to focus on proper punctuation and grammar, I informed the author of some of the errors.
~ Want ~
If you like historical fiction with murder, romance, and mystery surrounding a female protagonist by a new author, this may be a good choice.
Thanks to the author for offering this book to read and review.
This review will be posted on Bookpleasures and Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Godinterest, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.
GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.