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Beneath A Burning Sky by Jenny Ashcroft Review.

Hi ForeverBookers, 

I've just finished another great NetGalley arc called Beneath A Burning Sky by Jenny Ashcroft. It's now available to buy/download too!

This is a part of my Summer Reads TBR. It coincides with the Summer Flings Reading Challenge that's happening on Facebook at the moment too! This book marks off the OTP/Star Crossed Lovers challenge. 

NOTE: If you're sensitive to people disappearing this might not be the book for you!

Beneath The Burning Skies in a historical, standalone novel that tells the stories of a few different characters, who live in Alexandria, Egypt. Two of these characters, Olivia and Clara are the main characters, I feel. The bulk of the story centres around what's going on with them. Both Olivia and Clara are English as are a few other characters too. All of the characters have a main part to play in the story, I feel which is nice. 

4 Stars! 

Spoilers below...

What most of this book is is a who done it? plot line, along with a few romantic parts too. Olivia and Clara go out to eat, in Alexandria one afternoon but Clara gets captured, and we assume killed. The beginning of the book tells of a capture of a character. We don't know who this is there, though. 

The bits of the book that I enjoyed the most were the romantic parts. Olivia, who the story rotates around is abused by her husband. She realises she loves another character that she's known for a long time, Edward. This could potentially be classed as instant love but they've known each other for a long time. They just haven't realised their feelings before now. It takes most of the book for either one to say that they love the other one too. We just see it in the way they think of each other. The sex isn't graphically written about so anyone could potentially pick this up and enjoy it.

Other characters that have a big role are an Egyptian girl called Nailea, her uncle, aunt and mother, Olivia's and Clara's grandmother, who's horrible to both girls but particularly to Olivia as well as Clara's capturer as well. I'm not going to say just who the capturer is as that would totally give away the story but it was a surprise to me.

What did I like about Beneath A Burning Sky? 
I loved the romance. I wish there had been more but alas, there wasn't. 

I liked how there were good and evil characters and how we knew which was which throughout. 

I liked the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Clara and how we didn't know what had happened to her right up until the end.  

What didn't I like about Beneath A Burning Sky? 
I didn't like the politics surrounding one of the storylines so much. I skimmed over some of those bits. 

I didn't like how much the story focused on Nailea. I would have liked more focus given to Olivia's story as I felt like she was the main female character. 

I don't like how this story is just a standalone. I feel that the story could continue following Olivia and her life. 

Overall, I really enjoyed Beneath A Burning Sky. It was a good mystery novel. I'm giving it 4 Stars because it was a little slow at points but if you're a fan of romance/mystery/suspense/books set in different places, then pick this up! 

Stand by for my next review, coming soon! 


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