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From a real-life ambassador's wife comes a harrowing novel about the kidnapping of an American woman in the Middle East and the heartbreaking choices she and her husband each must make in the hope of being reunited. When bohemian artist Miranda falls in love with Finn, the British ambassador to an Arab country, she finds herself thrust into a life for which she has no preparation. The couple and their toddler daughter live in a stately mansion with a staff to meet their every need, but for Miranda even this luxury comes at a price: the loss of freedom. Trailed everywhere by bodyguards to protect her from the dangers of a country wracked by civil war and forced to give up work she loves, she finds her world shattered when she is taken hostage, an act of terror with wide-reaching consequences. Diplomatic life is a far cry from Miranda s first years in Mazrooq, which were spent painting and mentoring a group of young Muslim women, teaching them to draw in ways forbidden in their culture. As the novel weaves together past and present, we come to see how Finn and Miranda s idealism and secrets they have each sought to hide have placed them and those who trust them in peril. And when Miranda grows close to a child who shares her captivity, it is not clear that even being set free would restore the simple happiness that once was hers and Finn s. Suspenseful and moving, "The Ambassador s Wife" is a story of love, marriage, and friendship tested by impossible choices."
From a real-life ambassador's wife comes a spectacular novel about the brutal kidnapping of an American woman living with her diplomat husband in the Middle East and the heartbreaking choices each must make in the hopes of being reunited Finn and Miranda waited a lifetime to find love and now they are living a fairy tale. In Mazrooq, where Finn is the British ambassador, the couple and their toddler daughter have a staff of servants to meet their every need and a stately mansion with all the modern comforts. But while their lifestyle affords them luxuries that the majority of citizens in the desperately poor country will never know, for Miranda it comes at a price: the loss of freedom. Trailed everywhere by bodyguards to protect her from the dangers of a country wracked by civil war, forced to give up work she loves, struggling to master a bewildering role as ambassador's wife, her world is shattered when she is kidnapped, an act of terror that has complex and far-reaching consequences. Diplomatic life is a far cry from Miranda's previous life as a free-spirited Seattle artist. After following her girlfriend to Mazrooq, she spent years wandering the labyrinthine streets of the ancient capital, finding inspiration for her art and befriending a group of young women, teaching them to paint in ways their culture has forbidden. As the narrative weaves past and present, we come to see how Finn and Miranda's idealism, and darker secrets they have each sought to hide, have placed them and those who trust them in peril. And when Miranda grows close to a child who joins her in captivity, it is not clear that even her freedom can restore the simple happiness that once was hers and Finn's. Suspenseful and moving, The Ambassador's Wife is a harrowing story of love, marriage, and friendship tested by impossible choices.
Author Jennifer Steil
Number Of Pages 400 pages
Publication Date 2015-07-28
Publisher Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication Year 2015
Copyright Date 2015
Weight 23.7 Oz
Height 1.5 In.
Width 6.4 In.
Length 9.6 In.
- ISBN 9780385539029
- Brand Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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