I was mislead by the title. I don't read romances, and I consider this book to be a romance---and an unrealistic one at that. A woman in a conservative town opens a successful reverse-gender "cat house"? I don't think so.
This is one of my most favorite discoveries from Audible so far. It's an intricate mystery, an exciting suspense story, and a profound reflection on the nature of evil--both personal and societal.
It's hard to rate this book because it's both awful and wonderful at the same time. Normally, I wouldn't recommend a book of its low literary quality. In spite of some unresolved loose ends, however, anybody who fell in love with Ayla in Clan of the Cave Bear will love this book. I used to justify reading this series because of its complex portrayal of the life of prehistoric people, but my guilty secret is that I love a good soap opera. And Ayla is one of the best soap opera heroines ever.
Beautifully written and narrated, this description of one man's journey in the footsteps of the ancient traders along the Silk Road is full of unforgettable sights, experiences, and characters. I listen to it whenever I want to be transported to another world where familiar human dramas are played against the backdrop of very unfamiliar times and places. It is one of the best expressions of I have found of the meaning that travel can have in the human experience. I wish the author would write another hundred or so books like it.
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