Alice, a young eighteen-year-old British woman, moves to Africa with her family in 1910, where they live through the fallout of the war (World War I). After an auto accident, Alice finds herself living among the Tuareg tribe in the Sahara Desert. She then has to re-enter British society seven years later, a changed woman. When she receives a telegram in her senior years (age 78, set in 1970) her secrets are revealed.
The story moves at a steady pace alternating between 1910 and 1970; her life in the desert is remembered as well as her current situation. As an older woman, we see how her early years have affected her. The story takes place in about one week’s time, but there is a lot we learn, with a lot of family drama. I was fascinated about the Tuareg culture and how Alice adapted.
Overall I enjoyed Blue Desert and recommend to avid readers.
Blue Desert by Celia Jeffries. Rootstock Publishing, April 2021
Reviewer bio: Sheri A. Wilkinson is an avid reader and reviewer from Princeton, Illinois. She is a longtime member of LibraryThing.com, where she has reviewed over 1000 books.
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