This book is apparently the second book for this author, following Run Among Thorns, which I have not yet read. Taking place in Morocco, Algeria and Cornwall, the settings are nicely done. The leads, however, were a problem at times. Yes, Marianne had a sheltered childhood but even most 12 year olds are more socially developed than she is at 24. Alan is 35 and was way too much for her I thought. Never really understood what they saw in each other. The plot is paper thin. The sex scenes are steamy without being graphic, although I had to read several passages twice to understand the logistics. And a times the dialog left me so confused I had no idea what they were talking about. But I was compelled enough to finish it and order the first book. The way this book ended left openings for others.