by May Nicole Abbey
Genre: Clean Romance
Publisher: River Valley Publishing (July 7, 2013)
A leap through time. A choice to make. A destiny to change.
Dismissed by her professors, ridiculed by her classmates, Serena Metcalfe is determined to prove the existence of the Samu Aqaru, the powerful stone of the ancient pharaohs – even if it means travelling through time. But her study of Egyptology did not prepare her for the dangers and passions of the real Egypt of 2361 BC. Crocodile attacks, kidnapping, betrayal, murder…and a pharaoh who believes she is a goddess and wants her as his queen. But Serena isn’t about to give herself to a king – not when finding the precious Stone could mean saving the man she loves.
Irresistible playboy Shepseskaf, fated for an early death, and his loyal yet ruthless cousin Pepisenkaura were once the closest of friends, but the right to the throne of Egypt and their rivalry for Serena threaten to transform them into bitter and eternal enemies. Only Serena knows the tragic destiny that awaits, and only Serena can rewrite history…by following her heart.
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Serena time travels from New York 1977 A.D. to Egypt 3261 B.C., which is awesome. She is on a journey looking for a magical stone that could change history. In the interim of her adventure, Serena works with some spiritual guidance from her mother and her own internal desires. She also becomes involved in an interesting love triangle with two royal cousins, both vying for her love and hand in marriage.
The Scholar is a fantastic mix of adventure, mystery, and romance. Serena is a wonderful main character with a unique beauty and a great set of values. I enjoyed how Serena stayed honest with both men, even when she wasn’t dealt the same respect. Her thoughts about love are sweet and genuine.