The Lady Of A Sultan by Linda Rae Sande

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The Lady Of A Sultan is the second book in The Ladies Of The Aristocracy series by Linda Rae Sande.  Recently widowed, the dowager duchess, Charlotte, is out of mourning and decides to take a holiday in Greece.  Pirates take Charlotte’s ship, attempting to sell her to a Turkish Sultan in a palace by the Aegean Sea.

I love more mature main characters, and this book has two of the most organic, relatable forty-something characters I have read.  Charlotte has lost the love of her life, and her two adult sons are self-sufficient.  Charlotte is at loose ends without a purpose.  When Charlotte meets Sultan Ziyceddin I, she is taken aback because he is attracted to her – a middle age woman.  She doesn’t understand why the sultan would want her when he has dozens of willing young, beautiful women to warm his bed.  I loved Charlotte’s journey.  She is so unsure of herself when she has always been decisive.  Charlotte learns essential lessons and becomes stronger because of them.

Sultan Ziyceddin I has become despondent and lonely.  Ziyceddin sees changes in his kingdom coming and is trying to usher in a better future for his kingdom.  Ziyceddin is bored with his harem and is still mourning the one woman who had his heart.  Ziyceddin is a powerful, intelligent man who secretly craves tenderness and understanding.  He tries to be an excellent father, although he has his faults.  

Ziyceddin and Charlotte’s romantic journey was incredible.  These are two forty-something adults who have known love and slowly open up to the opportunity to love again.  Both characters cared deeply about their families.  The connection between Ziyceddin and Charlotte was off-the-charts fiery!  Ziyceddin and Charlotte prove that passion and romance are just as hot and emotional in their forties as when they were young.  

This was a fast-moving plot with a lot of intricate, moving parts.  The secondary characters and plot lines enriched and enhanced the central romance.  I devoured this book.  Linda Rae Sande has created her best romance yet.  The Lady Of A Sultan has a beautiful, unique backdrop with relatable, lovable characters.  As always, this book exceeded all my expectations.  For those of you who haven’t picked up a Linda Rae Sande book, what are you waiting for?

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through the author.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Release Date: January 6, 2023

Published by jelee1976

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