Nadia's Song

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Transworld, Mar 30, 2011 - Fiction - 448 pages
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Brought up on his father's cotton plantation in Alexandria, Charles Austen had always led a privileged life.But when Charles falls hopelessly in love with Karima Ismail, his world is turned upside down.For although beautiful, and blessed with a magnificent singing talent, Karima is merely a servant and her forbidden love affair with Charles is destined to end in tragedy.

All too soon Karima is forced to accept a hastily arranged marriage and learns to live contentedly with her husband and daughter, Nadia, the only tangible link that remains between her and Charles.In time, she also becomes one of the most admired and successful singers of her generation - the adored 'Nightingale'.

Yet Karima's success counts for nothing when Nadia suddenly disappears.For years this traumatic event casts a shadow over Karima's life and the life of her beautiful daughter who, with a new identity and a new name, grows up thousands of miles away.It is only when an unexpected chain of events leads 'Gaby' back to Egypt, that she can begin to unravel the mystery of her past - and discover the happiness she longs for.

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User Review  - christinejoseph - LibraryThing

good refresher @ Egypt Alexandria, Egypt. Born a humble servant girl on a cotton plantation owned by a wealthy British family, Karima Ismail never imagined how far her dreams would take her---nor the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Smits - LibraryThing

I enjoyed this book. Not the best ever but good and enjoyable. Story takes place mostly in Egypt. British influence. British boy falls for servant girl. Doomed love. Child out of wedlock being Nadia ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Soheir Khashoggi was born in Alexandria, Egypt. A member of one of Saudi's most prominent families, she has used her influence to highlight the plight of women across the Arab world. She has participated in conferences worldwide and was a speaker at the international Women's World Forum Against Violence, an organization founded by Queen Sofia of Spain. Her acclaimed first novel, Mirage, was published in 1996 and was followed by Nadia's Song and Mosaic. She has four daughters and lives in New York City.

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