Today I’m pleased to be on the blog tour for Zahara and Lost Books of Light by Joyce Yarrow. It’s a page-turning, suspenseful book, full of mystery and twists and turns interwoven through time with danger following lead protaganist Alienor from the moment she arrives in Spain. Watch for my full review soon…
Zahara and the Lost Books of Light by Joyce Yarrow
Publication Date: December 13, 2020
Genre: Historical Fantasy
When Seattle journalist Alienor Crespo travels to Granada to apply for citizenship as a descendant of Jews expelled from Spain in 1492, she uncovers her own family story, along with a hidden treasure trove of medieval Hebrew and Arabic books, saved from the fires of the Inquisition.
This “Library of Light” is being protected by a secretive group of literary caretakers. Alienor joins their struggle to safeguard the priceless manuscripts from discovery and destruction by a fanatical group devoted to restoring limpieza de sangre, purity of blood, to the Iberian Peninsula.
Crespo forms mystical bonds with her female ancestors, both Jewish and Muslim, who once faced the same dark forces aligned against her. What began as a routine, freelance assignment becomes front page news in Spain’s growing confrontation with its troubled past.
With a touch of magic realism honoring the mystics of Andalusia, as well as an emerging romance entangled in mystery, this fast-paced novel is rich with conflict and suspense.
About the Author
Joyce Yarrow is the author of literary novels of suspense that “appeal to readers who enjoy unusual stories with an international setting.” – Library Journal
Her latest offering is a historical fantasy – ZAHARA AND THE LOST BOOKS OF LIGHT – from Adelaide Books in Dec 2020.
A New York City transplant now living in Seattle, Joyce began her writing life scribbling poems on the subway and observing human behavior from every walk of life.
Her published novels include ASK THE DEAD (Martin Brown), RUSSIAN RECKONING – available in hardcover as THE LAST MATRYOSHKA (Five Star Mysteries), RIVERS RUN BACK, co-authored with Arindam Roy (Vitasta, New Delhi).
She is a Pushcart Prize Nominee with short stories and essays that have appeared in Inkwell Journal, Whistling Shade, Descant, Arabesques, and Weber: The Contemporary West and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Yarrow is a member of the Sisters in Crime organization and has presented workshops on “The Place of Place in Mystery Writing” at conferences in the US and India.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, February 22
Review at @the.b00kreader
Tuesday, February 23
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Wednesday, February 24
Review at With A Book In Our Hands
Thursday, February 25
Feature at Books, Cooks, Looks
Friday, February 26
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Sunday, February 28
Interview on Reader_ceygo
Monday, March 1
Review on Reader_ceygo
Wednesday, March 3
Feature at Bookworlder
Saturday, March 6
Feature at Reading is My Remedy
Monday, March 8
Review at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, March 9
Interview at Passages to the Past
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