The Clouds Beneath the Sun

The Clouds Beneath the Sun

A Novel

Book - 2009
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An exotic setting and a passionate, forbidden affair make The Clouds Beneath the Sun an irresistible page-turner that is sure to satisfy readers looking for an intelligent blend of history, romance, and intrigue.

Mackenzie Ford (a nom de plume) was introduced to readers in 2009 with the publication of Gifts of War , which was praised in USA Today as "an absorbing, morally complex read." In a starred review, Library Journal said, "Ford keeps the reader on a knife's edge as the lies build and the truth is only a word or misstep away. Highly recommended."

Now Ford takes us to Kenya in 1961. As a small plane carrying Natalie Nelson lands at a remote airstrip in the Serengeti, Natalie knows she's run just about as far as she can from home. Trained as an archeologist, she accepted an invitation to be included in a famous excavating team, her first opportunity to escape England and the painful memories of her past.

But before she can get her bearings, the dig is surrounded by controversy involving the local Masai people--and murder. Compounding the tension, Eleanor Deacon, friend of the Masai, who is leading the excavating mission, watches a rift grow between her two handsome sons. Natalie's growing attrac­tion to Jack Deacon soon becomes a passionate affair that turns dangerous when she must give evidence in a trial that could spark even more violence and turmoil.

The startling beauty of the Kenyan setting, the tension of loom­ing social upheaval, and the dizzying highs and crushing lows of a doomed love affair are all captured brilliantly on every page of this extraordinary and utterly unforgettable novel.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2009
Edition: 1st American ed. --
ISBN: 9780385529112
Branch Call Number: FIC Ford 3564
Characteristics: 448 p


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Aug 25, 2017

Part drama and intrigue. Part historical dig. A little too much drama for me but I did like exploring Kenya during that time period and the details of the archeological dig.

May 11, 2017

This is a good historical fiction. Learned a lot about archeological digs and the fraternity of people highly involved in this profession. The drama was a bit overwrought but I am used to reading only non-fiction.

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