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Book Review of Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty
Author: Judith Ivory
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Paperback
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This is a different type of story that captures the reader's interest quickly. Dr. James Stoker has just returned from a harrowing trip to Africa -- and he's the only one of his large group to return to England. All of the other scholars and scientists died in Africa.

James is all that is good; he's from lowly beginnings and was helped along life's path by his mentor, Dr. Phillip Dunne. Now all kinds of good things, including money, are coming James' way. However, James meets a beautiful, somewhat older woman at the dentist's office and becomes infatuated with her immediately. Only later does he find out that she is a retired courtesan.

My main complaint with the story is that the villain who attacks James craters rather quickly. It just didn't seem realistic, with all the sneaky things he'd done to ensure that he would win against James. However, the writing in this story is lush and beautiful. 4.5 stars


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