In 1811, ice cool diplomat Selim Effendi negotiates a peace between the Ottoman Sultan and Russia. Then he encounters fiery, rebellious artist Olivia Hartford, and after that, nothing goes to plan – for either of them. “Beth Elliott’s books are witty, engaging and totally entertaining.” (Nicola Cornick, USA Bestselling Author)
Turkey, 1811. Too scandalous to remain in London society, Olivia Hartford travels to Constantinople and falls in love with the magical land of Turkey. She plans an independent life here: no more Almacks, no more fortune hunters, in fact no more men. What could be more pleasant and harmless than sketching the people and monuments of this exotic city?
However, for Selim Effendi, the chief diplomat negotiating peace between the Ottoman Sultan and the Russian Czar, Olivia is plainly a spy. Selim’s first mistake is to believe the gossip about Olivia’s reputation. With her fearless character, she is his ideal woman, yet he places her in great danger. How could such a skilled diplomat handle the situation so badly? And is there ever going to be a solution?
“Beth Elliott’s books are witty, engaging and totally entertaining.” (Nicola Cornick, USA Bestselling Author)