Harriet and Lucas set out across the desert with her father’s friend, Archie, in tow, who has assumed the disguise of her fiancé. Harriet’s a bit of a termagant and naïve for all that, constantly getting into trouble and defying the wise counsel of Saintclair. It was easy to see why Saintclair wanted to send her back to Algiers. Besides, he is always escaping into the night with his men on some errand for the rebel fighters defying the French. He doesn’t need a rebellious young woman trailing after him.
Laval serves up a cast of interesting and varied characters as Harriet, led by Saintclair, travels deeper into the Algerian deserts in search of her father. (I did want for a map.) Her story reflects much research into the culture and the land.
|The Algerian Desert|