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Song of the Nile by Hannah Fielding: A Book Review

Song of the Nile
Author: Hannah Fielding
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Publisher: London Wall Publishing 
Release Date: 2021
Pages: 638
Source: This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Luxor, 1946. When young nurse Aida El Masri returns from war-torn London to her family’s estate in Egypt she steels herself against the challenges ahead.

     Eight years have passed since her father, Ayoub, was framed for a crime he did not commit, and died as a tragic result. Yet Aida has not forgotten, and now she wants revenge against the man she believes betrayed her father – his best friend, Kamel Pharaony.

     Then Aida is reunited with Kamel’s son, the captivating surgeon Phares, who offers her marriage. In spite of herself, the secret passion Aida harboured for him as a young girl reignites. Still, how can she marry the son of the man who destroyed her father and brought shame on her family? Will coming home bring her love, or only danger and heartache?

     Set in the exotic and bygone world of Upper Egypt, Song of the Nile follows Aida’s journey of rediscovery – of the homeland she loves, with its white-sailed feluccas on the Nile, old-world charms of Cairo and the ancient secrets of its burning desert sands – and of the man she has never forgotten.

     YA compelling story of passion and intrigue – a novel that lays open the beating heart of Egypt.

     My Review: In 1946, Aida El Masri returned to Egypt after working as a nurse in WWII. After her arrival, she assumed the responsibilities of running her father’s estate. Shortly after Aida’s arrival, she met her neighbor, Kamel Pharaony, whom she believed murdered her father eight years ago. Aida also found herself falling in love with Kamel’s son named Phares. Will Aida ever allow herself to eventually marry Phares?

      I did not like the protagonist, Aida. I really had a hard time connecting with her. She comes across as very whimsy and childish. I thought that she would become a mature woman because of the hardships she faced during the war. Instead, Aida doesn’t listen to good counsel because she wants to be independent. I believe that a woman can yearn for independence but also must remain practical. Aida is not very practical and makes rash decisions. Therefore, I didn't really understand her and was not as invested in her story.

     Overall, this novel is about loss, family, and tradition vs modernity. I like the supporting characters, especially Phares. He was very honest, caring, and truly loved Aida! I also love the Egyptian setting! It was very exotic! I love the author’s writing style. It has gorgeous prose and is very lyrical. Therefore, Song of the Nile is a meticulously researched novel! Even though Song of the Nile is a very long novel, it is very fast-paced! I There is glitz and glamor, suspense, and romance! There were some flaws in this novel. I did not like some of the graphic scenes. It made me uncomfortable. I also found some parts of the novel to be very repetitive! Nevertheless, this novel is a must-read for those that like to read about Egyptian history and culture! I recommend this for fans of The Collector’s Daughter, The Oud Player of Cairo, and A Woman in Cairo!

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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