Told in third person omniscient and set roughly in the 19th century, Deliver Me by Reda Amirah follows Nour’s escape from her cruel fiancé in Egypt to her life in a friendly music troupe in England, and her relationship with the rakish Lord Thomas.
Told in short scenes in a narrative-driven style, this novella moves very quickly. While I’m not really a huge fan of third person omniscient in general, (I feel like the characters are often kept at arm’s length instead of the immersive feel of other POVs), I definitely found myself drawn into the story, and I thought the plot had a good flow.
I thought Nour was definitely a strong and likeable character, but Thomas wasn’t my favorite with his possessive playboy noble attitude. He and Nour have a stymied lust-at-first-sight relationship that I was pretty dubious of at first, but I did like seeing their relationship grow as the book went on.
I ended up reading this book in one evening, and I found the fast-paced story definitely kept me turning pages. There is mention of rape and scenes of physical abuse, but the steam level is on the lower side. If you’re a fan of narrative-driven romance, then I definitely think it’s worth the read!
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