by Elizabeth Delisi

June 2005
ISBN: 1-59279-366-5
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Elizabeth Delisi's book, Lady of the Two Lands is a magical story of two souls who fall in love and must conquer time itself to find true happiness. Hattie Williams is an artist hired to do the illustrations for book about the Egyptian queen Hatshepsut. While researching her life, Hattie accidentally travels through time and takes over the life of the queen. Hattie soon finds herself quelling a rebellion, making treaties, and basically turning the Egyptian court upside down with her informal American ways. Hattie soon discovers that she must save the life of Hatshepsut’s stepson and future pharoh. However, even though running an empire keeps Hattie pretty busy she finds time to fall in love, with Senemut the queen's architect. Together, Hattie and Senemut must discover who is trying to kill her before they succeed and Egypt falls. Not too much pressure for a modern day lady.

This was a wonderful read and while the beginning was a little shaky; I was hooked after the first few chapters. The premise is fresh and full of historical information. This book really takes a unique look at the life of a little-known queen. It also makes quite a statement about how much power women had in the Egyptian empire. I have to say that I was impressed by the plot and story line. I could tell that author took a lot of time making sure the book was as historically accurate as possible and while at times the overload of names gets to be a bit confusing, over all each detail enriches the story and the reader’s experience. The action in the book was well paced and consistent throughout.

The love story was sweet and of course reaffirmed that love can cross all boundaries - even time. This is a truly spectacular story that is well written and historically topnotch.

Reviewed in January 2006 by Jen.

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