When we meet Vivian, she is sitting in her college class bored to tears. Someone catches her eye and realizes that her childhood friend, Levent, is in her class. Heart in her throat and aching in her belly, she realizes that she must talk to him. Ask him what happened all those years ago when they were children and he left her.
Levent can’t believe that his childhood friend Vivian is in his class. Knowing that he wants her but can’t have her is killing him. After all, she is an American diplomat’s daughter. Socially and economically they shouldn’t and can’t be together. Or can they?
I fell in love with Vivian and Levent from the first page of this book. You could feel the tension building from that very page and it never stopped until the very last page. What could have been a quick roll in the hay between the two was only made sweeter when they actually did get together. Vivian is a virgin in the book and finding her own sexuality when she sees Levent again and it only awakes it more. Levent on the other hand, wants her more than he could ever want another woman but cultural differences and social barriers prevent him from acting on them.
Vivian is a strong willed woman in the 1960’s that has been ignored for most of her life by her parents. Growing up as a diplomat’s daughter hasn’t been easy for her and when she goes back to Turkey after her mother dies, its even worse for her. Seeing Levent opens her eyes to the possibility of true love and being loved in return. I can’t say enough about how much I loved Vivian. I completely understand now her daughter Lale in Tulip Princess. They are very much cut from the same cloth.
Levent…*sigh*…is one of those heroes that stays with you long after the book is closed. He has honor, loyalty and so much love to give. Given all the circumstances surrounding the book, you would think that he would end up being a wimp. Not the case in this book and I see where his sons get their two disticnt personalities from in their books.
I can not highly recommend one of the best books of the year and so far in this whole series to you. Sorry Caleb but I still love you. This book has it all for me: passion, humor, familial differences, cultural differences and the power of that one true love that we all want in life.
5 Harlie’s and I’m just not recommending it, I’m begging you to read it and see if you agree with me.