A nation of readers fell in love with EAST OF THE SUN - for its vivid settings, glorious characters and rich story. Now Julia Gregson returns with another amazing historical novel, rich in atmosphere and a compelling plot. EAST OF THE SUN has been at No.2 in the charts for several weeks, beating off fierce competition from the Richard & Judy picks that have followed. Over 250,000 copies printed - with no signs of slowing. While it got a rave review on R&J, even before the bookclub pick, there was a great buzz building around Julia, and her new novel builds on everything that she achieved in EAST OF THE SUN. EAST OF THE SUN has been sold in a major deal in the States and will be an AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S WEEKLY pick this autumn, giving Julia's writing a significant international presence.
Julia Gregson worked as a model for Hardie Amies before becoming a journalist. She was posted to Vietnam and India, and then worked for Rolling Stone in New York, She has interviewed Muhammad Ali, Buzz Aldrin, Ronnie Biggs and Hollywood royalty. married with one daughter and four step-children, she lives in Wales with two Welsh cobs, a Shetland and two dogs.
Amid the chaos of World War II, young Saba Tarcan, a talented singer performing for the troops in Africa, embarks upon a journey of newfound freedom, first love, and adventure. She falls for a charming RAF pilot, Dom, with whom she learns the ups and downs of war, separation, and anxiety. Saba soon realizes that entertaining the troops and her lover won't be her only mission. Will she follow her British commanders' orders or her heart? Loosely based on stories of female entertainers being turned into unofficial spies, Gregson's (East of the Sun) latest does a masterly job of weaving intrigue, adventure, and Middle Eastern culture into a powerful tale. Julia Franklin does a wonderful job bringing the characters to life. Verdict Recommended for fans of historical fiction and romance. ["Take Gregson's third novel.to the beach for a leisurely read and let the warmth of the sun, plus the heat of the setting, transport you to a nostalgic romance of the past," read the review of the Touchstone: S. & S. hc, LJ 5/1/12.-Ed.]-Erin Cataldi, Franklin Coll. Lib., IN (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.