Thursday, November 11, 2010

Parade of Shadows by Gloria Whelan

Sixteen-year-old Julia Hamilton is restless. Determined not to be left behind again—stuck in the cold house where her mother died ten years earlier, with only her dreams to keep her company—Julia begs her father to take her with him on his next expedition. When he unexpectedly agrees, Julia is intrigued. Will this be her chance at adventure and romance?

Traveling across the sands of the ancient world known as the Levant, Julia meets a French antiques collector, a British horticulturist, and a dashing young student—each harboring secrets as elusive as a mirage.

As she learns more about her companions and the dangerous world she's in, Julia must decide whom she can trust . . . and what she is willing to fight for.

Sounds intriguing, huh?? It was an interesting book, but slow and incredibly predictable. It is set in the early 1900s, starting in London, Julia joins her father on a trip through Syria where they come across all kinds of trouble. I knew from the moment strange things started happening, who the culprit was. So, like I said, it was a predictable book, but it was fascinating to see life through the eyes of someone who thought she led a strict, closed-off life and experience the change as she realizes she has much more freedom than most. All in all, it's a good read. I would recommend this. Just plan a week around reading it! :)

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