Touch the Horizon
Iris Johansen
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Touch the Horizon
Iris Johansen
288 pages
September 2008
rated 1 of 5 possible stars

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Touch the Horizon was originally published 24 years ago, and it certainly shows its age. Set in a desert kingdom with sandstorms, bazaars and sheikhs, this is a short, formulaic romance with little to recommend it.

When Billie Callahan is saved from a ferocious sandstorm by David Bradford, she is taken to his Casbah which he shares with the former ruler of Sedikhan. Billie is the sort of girl who is always wandering, looking for something different to do. Although enjoying her time in Sedikhan, she has no doubt that she will want to move on. David might just have other plans for her.

This book is stupendously unrealistic - the dialogue, the situations, the danger, the romance. David is a strange, childlike character who spouts poetic-sounding compliments at the drop of a hat. Billie is an impolite, nave, pushy woman who blunders about without any apparent concern for anyone's feelings or notions of hospitality/politeness. The one good thing about this book is that it is short.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2009

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