The Sacred River

Wendy Wallace

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The Sacred River

The Sacred River A romantic vivid novel about three women who leave Victorian London for Egypt a tale of female empowerment self discovery love and the absolution that comes from facing the secrets of our pasts Ha

  • Title: The Sacred River
  • Author: Wendy Wallace
  • ISBN: 9780857209528
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A romantic, vivid novel about three women who leave Victorian London for Egypt a tale of female empowerment, self discovery, love, and the absolution that comes from facing the secrets of our pasts.Harriet Heron s life is almost over before it has even begun At just twenty three years of age, she is an invalid, overprotected and reclusive Before it is too late, she mustA romantic, vivid novel about three women who leave Victorian London for Egypt a tale of female empowerment, self discovery, love, and the absolution that comes from facing the secrets of our pasts.Harriet Heron s life is almost over before it has even begun At just twenty three years of age, she is an invalid, overprotected and reclusive Before it is too late, she must escape the fog of Victorian London for a place where she can breathe.Together with her devoted mother, Louisa, her god fearing aunt, Yael, and a book of her own spells inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Harriet travels to a land where the air is tinged with rose and gold and for the first time begins to experience what it is to live But a chance meeting on the voyage to Alexandria results in a dangerous friendship as Louisa s long buried past returns, in the form of someone determined to destroy her by preying on her daughter As Harriet journeys towards a destiny no one could have foreseen, her Aunt Yael is caught up in an Egypt on the brink of revolt and Louisa must confront the ghosts of her own youth.The Sacred River is an indelible depiction of the power of women and the influence they can have when released from the confines of proper English society In the tradition of Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, writer Wendy Wallace spins a tale of three women caught between propriety and love on a journey of cultural awakening through an exquisitely drawn Egypt Sumptuous and mesmerizing, this provocative novel about finding your rightful place in the world is a beautiful, tantalizing read.

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    1. Diane S ☔ on said:

      3.5 Having recently recovered by an acute exacerbation of my asthma, I found myself thinking how lucky we are now with the all the treatments available. How many must of died in the past when so little could be done. I starts reading this and found one of the main characters, Harriet a Yung woman in her early twenties had been an invalid most of her life due to her serious asthma condition. This takes place in London in 1882, and her treatment seems to consist of various tincture and tonics, tho [...]

    2. MaryannC.Book Fiend on said:

      Mixed thoughts about this one. This was a sometimes gentle, descriptive read about 3 women travelling to Egypt for the health of Harriet, the youngest of the three. While there, each woman begins a self realization of themselves that in the end will shape the future of their lives. While I enjoyed the genteel descriptions of travel abroad, the story also has it's moments of stark reality and brutality along the way. Despite my enjoyment of this book,I couldn't help but feel a little let down at [...]

    3. Jaclyn on said:

      The Sacred River was a lovely historical novel, beautifully written, and totally evocative of colonial Egypt. It was a somber novel, filled with the themes of death; however, it ends with rebirth, bringing a sense of hope to the final chapters.The novel focuses on a short period for three very different, but related women. First, we have Harriet Heron, a young woman, who has been bedridden for most of her life due to asthma. When her doctor hints that there’s very little that he can do for her [...]

    4. Jane on said:

      Three women travelled from Victorian London to Egypt, and all of their lives were changed as a result of the journey, the country, and their experiences.Harriet Heron was twenty-three years old, and she was an invalid, afflicted by asthma in its severest form. Her great love was Egypt, discovered and explored through books, and she longed to go there, but she knew her anxious, protective parents would not countenance the idea. She knew that they loved her, but she was beginning to find their lov [...]

    5. Tara Chevrestt on said:

      This story wasn't what I was expecting. I liked it well enough though. We have three women with very different types of strength that we see at very different points of the story. Their ages and situation vary greatly, as do their desires.Sickly Harriet just wants to live again and feels she can do that in Egypt, a place she's always been somewhat obsessed with. If she can't live, she just wants to die. She picks up a beau (so she thinks), learns about love--what it feels like, and also finally [...]

    6. N.L.B. Horton on said:

      I first read fiction about Egypt via the late Barbara Mertz, aka Elizabeth Peters. She is a hard act to follow. I’m not a romance reader, so was wary about a book that markets itself as a “vivid, romantic novel” about three women debarking for far off lands. But I’m glad I read it.WHAT I LIKED: Wallace captures the locations from London to Luxor beautifully. Her characters are interesting and engaging, and I cared about what happened to them. The romance was minimal and respectfully hand [...]

    7. Jae on said:

      Another great read from Wendy Wallace. An author to watch out for in future.

    8. Sarah-Hope on said:

      I requested an electronic ARC of Wendy Wallace’s The Sacred River because the story seemed so suited to my interests. The book opens in London, but is set primarily in British-controlled Egypt during the early 20th Century—a time of political unrest and archaeological discovery. What I hadn’t realized was that Wendy Wallace is also the author of one of my favorite books from 2012, The Painted Bridge, and I found The Sacred River every bit as enjoyable as that earlier work.What Wallace writ [...]

    9. Melissa on said:

      I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.This receives 4.5 stars as a rating from me.This is a unique historical novel about three women from Victorian London who take the trip of a lifetime to Egypt. Although the stories of the women (a mother, daughter and aunt) are intertwined at the onset, the author does a lovely job of gradually unfolding the story of each individual. Each woman embarks on her own journey of self- discovery and rebirth. As they explore Egypt the [...]

    10. Tiff on said:

      I was so excited to receive an ARC of The Sacred River. I adored The Painted Bridge and was keen to read more of Wendy's work.The press release accompanying the book notes that it is "akin to that of E.M. Forster" which is completely accurate. I adore this wonderful novel and hope you will too.Set in Victorian London, and later Egypt, it tells the tale of Harriet Heron. Sickly all her life (we later discover she has asthma), both she and her Mother are resigned to her premature death. With the a [...]

    11. Marcela (BookaholicCat) on said:

      Originally posted at The Bookaholic CatThe Sacred River by Wendy Wallace is the story of three women, mother, daughter, and aunt and their journey of self-discovery.Harriet, the daughter, has suffered all her life of severe asthma. The weather and pollution of London hasn’t helped with her condition and she knows she doesn’t have much time left. Her doctor knows this as well and recommends her parents to take her to Egypt, where the drier and warmer climate would be beneficial for her. Her p [...]

    12. J.S. Dunn on said:

      , 3.5 / 4 stars. Thin on atmosphere, so that at times the reader is gasping like the asthmatic daughter, Harriet. Could have used more zeitgeist as to the troubles causing unrest in Egypt at the time, specifically 1882. Until the final 20 pages, the story is devoid of details setting up civil unrest except for oblique references to poverty. If it is deliberate on the author's part to make the mother, Louisa, and her daughter Harriet oblivious to the culture around them, then a fine job has been [...]

    13. Suzie Grogan on said:

      I have been lucky enough to read a proof copy of this book, which isn't out just yet. I have to say it made a wonderful companion on a trip to Paris. It is not a sequel to The Painted Bridge (one of my favourite books of 2012, just out in paperback)but it does involve a sister of the main character of that book and takes us further into their troubled childhood. I won't spoil the story, but this is a book that is a web of romance, betrayal, history and politics, set as it is in 19th century Egyp [...]

    14. Svanvithe on said:

      Der dreiundzwanzigjährigen Harriet Heron schnürt es im nebligen giftigen Dunst des viktorianischen Londons im wahrsten Worte die Luft ab. Sie leidet an Asthma und rechnet jeden Tag damit, den nächsten nicht mehr zu erleben. Sie wird behütet und geschützt, ist gleichwohl aber auch gefangen in diesem Kokon der Fürsorge und getrennt von den Dingen, die eine junge Frau ihres Alters kennenlernen sollte. Lediglich ihre seit ihrer Kindheit bestehende Faszination für Ägypten, besonders ihre Leid [...]

    15. Durba Roy Kini on said:

      This is a story of three English women, mother-daughter-aunt trio, who never having left the English shore until now - set out on a trip to Egypt with minds full of apprehension and hearts full of hope. Even though closely connected with one another, by family, by blood and a common goal – i.e. to see improvement in the daughter’s health who suffers from asthma, each of them set sail with different expectations from the journey. Little do they know or anticipate the surprises in store for th [...]

    16. Julie Martz on said:

      3.5 starsThis book was beautifully written and I was impressed with the author’s thorough research, which was clearly evident in the book and made it that much more readable. I was also entranced by her ability to capture the mood and spirit of the country, which doesn’t seem to have changed much over the last hundred years. The sights, sounds, language, and people were all very tangible. The author is a talented writer with the ability to entrance the reader with the beauty of her words.I d [...]

    17. BookBlossom on said:

      ----GERMAN REVIEW----Erster Satz: "Oh Gott, was ist das?"Im kalten, viktorianischen London wünscht sich Harriet Heron nichts sehnlicher, als eine Reise in das ferne Ägypten. Im Land der Pharaonen erhofft sie sich nicht nur ein Abenteuer, sondern auch eine rasche Verbesserung ihres Gesundheitszustandes. Die junge Frau leidet nämlich an starkem Asthma, das jeden Tag im rauen Inselklima Englands zu einer Qual werden lässt. Als ihre Mutter schließlich um ihr Leben fürchtet, reisen Harriett, Ma [...]

    18. Doreen on said:

      The theme of this work of historical fiction is the journey of self-discovery. Three women travel to Egypt in 1882, and their lives are changed as a result. Harriet Heron is 23; a severe asthmatic, she convinces her doctor to persuade her mother Louisa to take her to Egypt in hopes of improving her health. Harriet’s father Blundell agrees but insists that his spinster sister Yael accompany his wife and daughter. For Harriet, the trip is not just an attempt to ease her asthma; it is also an att [...]

    19. Kimberly on said:

      The Sacred River means I should let you know that since Harriet and Louisa are mother and daughter, their storylines are the main focus of the novel and Aunt Yael is there with them in the background as a shoulder of support for Harriet and as a sister figure for Louisa. Though, she has troubles and problems of her own, I felt that her complete story was not fleshed out and it isn't until the end that the reader understands why. There are a numerous cast of characters including, The Heron Family [...]

    20. Tracy Terry on said:

      A lovely moody, Gothic cover that to me shouted of a hauntingly mystical novel. A synopsis that spoke of a reclusive invalid, Victorian London fogs, spells inspired by the Book of The Dead, a dangerous friendship, a voyage to Alexandria - combine all these things and this should have been the perfect read for me and yet .An invalid, a severe asthmatic, a prisoner if you will in her own body. Main character Harriet's life 'over almost over before its begun'. As a fellow asthmatic I found myself w [...]

    21. Lolly K Dandeneau on said:

      I received this book via Netgalley and the kindle version I had is a bit messy and yet I enjoyed the story enough that I didn't want to wait for it to be fixed. So I soldiered on, and was rewarded with a good yarn. That in itself tells you it is a book worth reading. I'm a sucker for Victorian London, and a story about an ill young woman already feeling defeated by life who has a wish to see Egypt stirred my interest. It is a story about the bond between mother and daughter, and a yearning to lo [...]

    22. Lisa Furey on said:

      This book wasn't what I expected at all! I thought it would be some sort of historical fictionbetween Victorian London and Ancient Egypt but it takes a different turn.I really enjoyed this book and it stayed in my head a while after reading itIn Victorian London Harriet Heron a 22 year old, is lying on her sick bed, she is what her Mother calls and invalid and has been most of her life due to asthma. Her doctor hints that there is nothing much more he can do for her now and death is near. Harrie [...]

    23. Julie on said:

      I have been lucky enough to receive a proof copy of this book, for review, that will be released soon. (1st book) The Painted Bridge is one of my favorite books! And though it touches on the back stroy of the sisters troubled history, The Sacred River gives the reader a wider glimps into one of the sisters own troubled childhood. I reccomend them both! read them out of order its ok. :-) It works. This story takes you on a ride of revenge, regret, and politics, set in 19th century Egypt, where th [...]

    24. Tania on said:

      This was a very entertaining read! I picked up this book for some cabin reading on a vacation in Colorado. I got it because I was intrigued by the description, not realizing it was by the same author who wrote The Painted Bridge, the last book I chose at random when I was here! I love the author's writing--she has a knack for describing emotions and the various reasons why people do the things that they do. I also really enjoyed the descriptions of the Egyptian hieroglyphs and the ones that one [...]

    25. Lizzie on said:

      Harriet Heron’s life is almost over before it has even begun. At just twenty-three years of age, she is an invalid, overprotected and reclusive. Before it is too late, she must escape the fog of Victorian London for a place where she can breathe.Together with her devoted mother, Louisa, her god-fearing aunt, Yael, and a book of her own spells inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Harriet travels to a land where the air is tinged with rose and gold and for the first time begins to experien [...]

    26. Blodeuedd Finland on said:

      It's the story about 3 women on a journey of a lifetime.First there is Harriet who is slowly fading away in London. The air is killing her. She is fascinated with ancient Egypt and gets her doctor to say that the fresh warm air would be best for her (and it is, just that was very far away.) She in her loneliness is actually something of a scholar. But at the same time she is very naive in her quest for freedom and to live.Louisa is her mother and her secret from the past comes back to haunt them [...]

    27. Susan on said:

      It took me a long time to get into this book. The story was slow to advance and did not seem to be going anywhere. Perhaps I missed some nuances in the plot, but I was never clear on why Augustus' son was so determined to exact revenge on Louisa? The storyline on her sister in law Yeol seemed a distraction not related to the main theme, though I came to realize late on that she too was "finding" anew purpose to life in Egypt. I persevered with the book and warmed to the invalid Harriet, blossomi [...]

    28. Lindsey on said:

      The Sacred River tells the story of Harriet, an asthmatic young woman in Victorian England, as she discovers herself and comes out from the well-meaning oppression of her family. The London fog is making it hard for her to breathe, so she convinces her parents to let her travel to Egypt for a change in climate. She has a passion for ancient Egypt and hieroglyphics that she would like to experience in the ancient tombs before the asthma takes her life. Once in Egypt with her mother Louisa and her [...]

    29. Esme on said:

      My feelings on this book went back and forth. I liked it, then I became bored and impatient--I felt it was missing an essential ingredient to make it come to life, to make me actually care--and then I liked it again. Sometimes it was suspenseful. Sometimes it was funny. It had at least one moment that caused me intense emotion. One plot-line didn't quite add up. I have such mixed feelings on this I don't know how to summarize. It was good, but strayed into moments of greatness as well as moments [...]

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