Krahn is such fun to read! Spicy, but with lots of emotional connection between the characters. This story has tons of great historical seasoning...the main character is in search of the Great Library of Alexandria after she finds a text that gives her clues while working in the basement of the British Museum. Though she's a great scholar, she's put down there because she's a woman. One of the texts she finds during the course of the story (the aforementioned title of the book) has a list of seven ways couples can enhance their love for each other, sexually (hence, the spice...) and she finds lots of ways to explore them! Great read!
Abigail Merchant is determined to prove her worth as a librarian to the stodgy old men running the Brittish Museum. When she uncovers the journals of an eccentric scholar in the basement, she sees the opportunity to earn the curator's respect and vows to complete the old boy's search for the remnants of the Great Library of Alexandria...even if she has to go all the way to Timbuktu to do it.
Drawing on her inheritance, Abigail travels on her own to Casablanca, where her quest becomes entangled with the fate of a hansome ex-legionnaire with a murky past. Arrogant, brash Apollo Smith hardly inspires trust, but he certainly inspires unladylike thoughts. Together they discover the remnants of the great library-including a scroll that will change both of their lives, The Book of Seven Delights. But a host of vengeful legionnaires and greedy bandits is soon on their trail, threatening to steal their priceless archaeological find... and put an end to the sensual delights they have just begun to discover....
Wonderful mix of romance with a bit of mystery. Could not put it down.
If you've ever felt discounted as a woman, you'll enjoy this story of Victorian librarian Abigail Merchant at the British Museum. Her courage and intelligence shine through Bettina Krahn's writing. Assigned to the most boring of tasks, she discovers notes that she thinks point to the location of the Great Library of Alexander! Laughed at by the British Museum, she journeys on her own to Casablanca and becomes entangled with a murky gentlemen. Together, they win through in many satisfying ways.
I have read Betina Krahn's Wife Test (Husband Test and Marriage Test) series and I loved it. But this book I had a difficult time getting into at first as it was slow. It took me a while and I even debated quitting a time or two ... but I was glad that I kept on because it did get better and I enjoyed it.
There is a sequel, The Book of True Desires that was released in 2006.