Kate Furnivall, who is a favourite author choice for book clubs, and an author who writes in the historical fiction genre has just released her new book Shadows on the Nile.
The story opens in London, 1912. Jessie, a young girl, aged 7, wakes during the night and can hear noises out in the hall. Instinctively she knows that something is happening to her brother, Georgie, who is 5 years old. Georgie is an odd child – he is completely socially inept, although highly intelligent – he doesn’t talk much, spends many hours of each day counting things, cannot (cannot) be touched by anyone and cannot recognise what behaviour is appropriate, and what’s not. He is very, very hard work, but Jessie loves him to the moon and back – she has taken on the role of his protector.
Jessie tries to get out her bedroom, but the door is locked. She endlessly bangs on the door, and shouts for help, but no one answers her. Eventually, exhausted, she falls back to sleep. In the morning, when she wakes up, she is surprised that her bedroom door now opens and the first thing she does is run to Georgie’s room. She is so relieved to see the shape of a little body under the blankets, and a head with masses of blond curls, on the pillow. She rushes over, gently shakes him awake and the little boy turns over, and smiles.
But it isn’t Georgie. It’s another little blond, blue eyed boy. He says hello to Jessie, tells her that his name is Timothy, and that he is her new brother.
It is a fabulous start to a book – Kate knows how to hook her reader, early on in the story.
The timeline then jumps to 1932, where choices made by Timothy lead them all to Egypt, where, it seems, he is working illegally on the ancient archaeological sites of the queens and pharaohs.
Kate’s other books – The Russian Concubine, Under a Blood Red Sky, The Concubine’s Secret, The Jewel of St Petersburg and The White Pearl were more steeped in historical fact, and I found Shadows on the Nile to be more of a romance-cum-adventure novel.
If you, or your friends, haven’t tried a book by Kate then I would suggest that you give her a go. My all time favourite of Kate’s is The Russian Concubine, but I don’t think you will be disappointed with any of her books.
For more information on Kate Furnivall, visit her WEBSITE.