"Egyptian Time-travel with strong female character"

Harriet "Hattie" Williams is an artist, living in Chicago and currently gathering sketches for a book on ancient Egypt. Hattie's friend, Tom Harris is the author of the book and the Egyptian Curate of the museum as well. When Hattie has trouble sketching the face of Pharoah Hatshepsut, Tom shows her a pectoral collar, believed to have belonged to the Pharoah, in hopes that it will help to inspire her. He leaves her alone in a small room, examining and sketching the valuable necklace and then Hattie finds herself accidentally locked in the tiny room. She finishes the drawing and just as she gets the final hieroglyph down on paper, she becomes dizzy and faints. She "dreams" that she meets the Pharoah who tells her that her life was cut short and begs her to protect the real heir to the throne, the eight year old boy, Tuthmosis.

Hattie awakens to find herself in ancient Egypt, in the body of the female Pharoah, Hatshepsut, being cared for by a good looking man who says that his name is Senemut. Senemut claims to have known "Hattie" since her childhood and who finally agrees to call her "Hattie" in private, rather than Majesty. She lets him believe that she is the queen and uses his knowledge to adapt to this new life. She realizes that the real Queen had been killed and that she has taken the Queen's place, but how is she supposed to protect Prince Tuthmosis and stay alive long enough to figure out how to get back to her own time? And since she has developed a relationship with Senemut, does she really want to leave?

Hattie is a strong character who has to quickly adapt to life in a world totally foreign to her, and does it very well. She is able to handle her confusion and to function without giving away her identity to all the citizens of the time. Senemut is a faithful accomplice who soon knows the truth, even if he can't believe it. He allows himself to be influenced by Hattie in some situations and is still able to guide and protect her from those who would like to take her out of the picture.

Ms. Delisi has the wonderful ability of being able to take a reader out of their mundane world and set them down in a world that they wouldn't be capable of creating for themselves. The reader can easily "become" the heroine of the story and respond emotionally to the situations described. Ms. Delisi's description of the life style, the actions, and motivations of the inhabitants is believable and the talent that she exhibits is truly a "gift," that I hope she continues to exercise frequently.

Irene MARSHALL Copyright 2003
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Posted December 7, 2003


Lady of the Two Lands
by Elizabeth Delisi

Novel Books, Inc.
April 7, 2003
ISBN #1591051932
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