A story in the present times with dreams of a prophecy of an ancient Egypt, this book was haunting and enticing.
John was living a routine life, being a good husband and a great father to twins. Till he started dreaming and so did his daughters, about an ancient prophecy where the new moon and a new beginning and the twins born on an annular eclipse were to be the protectors of the land. The entire plot brought out my goosebumps as I started reading.
Shelley Clarke has written a stupendous story borne out of the imagination of her mind, taking bits of reality and history, melding them to together to give pages of a story which had me thinking and wondering – what if it were true? The book had secrets and thrill with the good and bad guys, history weaved with a destiny, with friendships and politics, with the ancient beings intermingling with humanity, the science of genetics mixed with an epidemic of virus and the realities of life. All of them together gave me a larger than life kinda story.
The swift pace of the story moving between past and present, giving me bits of the ancient history written on the tablets gave this book an authentic feel to it. The twists in the story when revealed to John and his wife had the tiny hair of my neck rising. Everything in me warned that something big was at play.
The story had the grandeur of the past mingling with normalcy of the present bringing with it a mystery and secrets of the past. Emotions were palpable at every step. The fear of the parents wanting to keep their children safe, yet knowing that some things were out of their hands. Destiny and fate played a bigger hand.
This was a massively different read which encapsulated all the genre I hold dear. A fantastic read.
I received a free ARC from Rachel and the author, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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Shelley Clarke was born into a naval family in Kent in 1958, and consequently moved house a lot as a child. She had ambitions to follow in her father’s footsteps and join the Royal Navy, and to become a carpenter, but these were not female occupations at that time. So she learned to type… which has come in jolly handy for putting her stories first onto paper, and now onto screen.
Shelley is a keen painter, poet, and karaoke enthusiast; she loves mad family get-togethers, hates olives, ironing and gardening, and currently lives in Devon with her husband Kev, and their two Tibetan Terriers Nena and Pepi, who make them smile every day.
Shelley often forgets she is a grown-up.
Children of Sinai is Shelley’s debut novel.
How would you feel if you got caught up in a secret so vast it threatened everything the world had come to believe?
That’s what happened to John Milburn, computer science lecturer, orphan, husband and father, who lived an ordinary life in Haverhill, Suffolk, England.
That is, until the dreams started…
From the idyllic calm of Cambridge, John Milburn is drawn to the dust and the heat of Jericho. Thrown into danger and intrigue, he discovers more than he’d bargained for.
Publication Date: 17th March 2019