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Emeralds of the Alhambra
John D. Cressler

Anthems of al-Andalus #1
Sunbury Press
June 2013
On Sale: June 15, 2013
Featuring: Layla al-Khatib; William Chandon
438 pages
ISBN: 162006197X
EAN: 9781620061978
Kindle: B00DFTQOQW
Paperback / e-Book
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Romance Suspense | Romance Historical

For hundreds of years, Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together in peace, sharing languages and customs, and embracing a level of tolerance and mutual respect unheard of today. Working together, these three peoples spawned one of the great intellectual and cultural flowerings of history in medieval Spain.

Historical novel Emeralds of the Alhambra reawakens this remarkable era via the relationship between William Chandon, a wounded Christian knight brought to the Sultan's court in Granada, and the strong–willed Layla al–Khatib, who is on a quest to become the first female Sufi Muslim mystic in a male–dominated society. As Chandon's influence at court grows, he becomes trapped between his forbidden love for Layla, his Christian heritage, the demands of chivalry, and political expediency. Chandon must make a choice between love and honor, war and peace, life and death, a choice which ultimately will seal Granada's fate as the last surviving stronghold of Muslim Spain.

The novel is set in Granada at the resplendent Alhambra Palace during the Castilian Civil War (1367–1369), a time when Muslims took up their swords to fight alongside Christians. Emeralds of the Alhambra is the first book in the Anthems of al–Andalus series.

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23 comments posted.

Re: Emeralds of the Alhambra

I love, love, love historical novels, and this sounds like a time (and place) in history that I don't have much of on my shelves. I think I'll be finding this book as soon as I can.
(Nicole Swirsley 4:25am July 14, 2013)

The news makes us think that most people are intolerant of other religions. The truth is that truly religious people respect other religions. This books sounds interesting and takes place in a period that I am not familiar with. I will put it on my to-read list.
Kathleen Yohanna 6:26am July 14, 2013)

The book sounds great. Spain had one of the most tolerant and diverse society for a while. It will be a great setting for the book.
Pam Howell 9:20am July 14, 2013)

This fascinating historical captivated my interest greatly.
The Spanish Inquisition was one facet which was dangerous.
Thank you for your very interesting post.
Sharon Berger 9:23am July 14, 2013)

I'm glad to hear that more Authors are getting involved, and keeping History alive. Using Romance as a vehicle to do so, is a very interesting way of doing so, and your book sounds like a great read!! It would make a good way to finish out the Summer!! Thank you for taking the time to do your research, and keeping that part of History fresh in people's minds.
Peggy Roberson 12:04pm July 14, 2013)

Historical fiction holds a lot of richness in the settings. I
like learning about life from long ago and the traditions and
mores held upright then. I bet emeralds may be more than just
Alyson Widen 4:42pm July 14, 2013)

Sounds like a great book! Hope i win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway.
Sarah Bauman 7:45pm July 14, 2013)

Wow, Congrats on your new book: EMERALDS OF THE ALHAMBRA. It
sounds fascinating to win and read this summer. I truly wish
that all people would live in World Peace and get along with
each other no matter what color or religion or country they
come from. A woman should be able to have the freedom to
chose her special man and a man should have the freedom to
love and live in harmony with any woman that he chooses too.
Thank You. Cecilia CECE
Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez 12:11pm July 15, 2013)

This book would be perfect for me. I don't know too much of Medieval Muslim Spain. But to incorporated historical fact with fictional characters make it easier for me to read and learn. Congrats on your book Emeralds of the Alhambra and thanks for the giveaway.
Kai Wong 1:48am July 15, 2013)

Granada, one on the most beautiful towns I've ever been too,
is a perfect setting for a novel.
Roxana Perez 2:57am July 15, 2013)

Interesting time period and timely topic for a romance novel.
Sue Farrell 8:13am July 15, 2013)

I love historical novels, but I've never read any about Muslims and Christians in Spain. Your book sounds like a great and interesting departure from my past reading.
Carol Woodruff 11:32am July 15, 2013)

Your book sounds very interesting.
Betty Hamilton 2:40pm July 15, 2013)

This a fascinating and little-known era in History. So few
people recall that at one time, we did not all live in a
stressful and and distrusting time in the world. The Muslim
information is particularly interesting to non-practitioners.
Dawn Raymer 3:19pm July 15, 2013)

i really love the historical novels the best this sounds so
great love to read
Denise Smith 12:49pm July 16, 2013)

Congratulations on your debut historical novel. It sounds
Mary Preston 4:52am July 16, 2013)

I do like historical fiction. Alhambra was one of our highlights when we were in Spain. I have been there two times and I can picture your setting. Look forward to reading EMERALDS OF THE ALHAMBRA.
Leona Olson 4:35pm July 16, 2013)

Sounds like my kind of book.
WTG on your writing skills.
Dayle Butler 6:25pm July 16, 2013)

Sounds like a great and interesting book to read, thanks for the chance to win.
Kimberly Hoefs 7:18pm July 16, 2013)

This novel sounds so different from any other that I have seen or read; will add it to my reading list. Would be delighted to win a copy of it too of course. Good luck with your writing career.
Cynthia Blain 10:08pm July 16, 2013)

Have you read Fiesta of Smoke by Suzan Still??? Sounds a bit similar..enchanting!
Susan Coster 11:25pm July 16, 2013)

Good fortune indeed to be surrounded by these ladies! Keep up the historical writing, the research is just so interesting and then you get to bring it to life!
Clare O'Beara 10:53am July 17, 2013)

Congratulations on the publication of your new book! It sounds fascinating. Thanks for sharing.
Bonnie H 9:42pm July 18, 2013)

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