Between Love and Honor by Alexandra Lapierre

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This magnificent historical novel centers on the impossible choice of a man torn between two worlds built on inflexible codes of honor.
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Jamal Eddin Shamil is only eight years old when he is stolen from his native Caucasus Mountains and whisked away by Russian soldiers to the glittering court at St. Petersburg. There Czar Nicholas takes a special interest in his exotic Muslim hostage, the eldest son of Chechen warrior chief Imam Shamil. In St. Petersburg, Jamal Eddin is immersed in imperial life, educated alongside the czar’s own sons and gradually maturing into the consummate courtier. Through it all, he remains true to the Muslim faith of his father—until he falls in love with a beautiful Russian aristocrat. To marry her he must convert to Christianity, a sacrifice Jamal Eddin is prepared to make for the woman he loves. But he doesn’t realize that there are greater forces at work, forces that have lain in wait for Jamal Eddin to come of age and serve the purpose for which he was groomed. And when he is called to return to his native land and take his rightful place as leader of the Muslims, Jamal Eddin must choose: reject his people to follow his heart or abandon his bride to fulfill his duty.

Based on an astonishing true story, Between Love and Honor is a sweeping historical novel in the grand style of Alexandre Dumas and a breathtaking love story of sacrifice and devotion.


About Alexandra Lapierre

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Alexandra Lapierre has won international acclaim for her writing. Her works have been widely translated and she has received numerous awards, including the Honorary Award of the Association of American University Women. She earned an MFA degree in 1981 from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.Christel Mouchard is the author of many works about women explorers in her native French. Lapierre is French by birth but fluent in English; she did her graduate degree in film at UCLA, and lived for many years in the U.S. She is the author of many international bestsellers, two of which have been published in the US: Artemesia, the biography of the only celebrated woman painter of the Renaissance, (Grove Atlantic, 2000) and Fanny Stevenson (Carroll and Graf, 1995). She is a consummate and dynamic promoter, passionate, erudite and charming. Touring for Artemisia she captivated audiences at the Metropolitan Museum, the Getty Museum, the Fogg and many others.
Published April 10, 2012 by AmazonCrossing. 538 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction
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This magnificent historical novel centers on the impossible choice of a man torn between two worlds built on inflexible codes of honor.

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Lapierre’s ingenious use of the prologue, which raises many questions, will provoke readers to read to the ending.

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