Daughter of Sand and Stone by Libbie Hawker is beautifully written. It's a wonderful read. Reading this book was a few hours of awesomeness. I think that my time was well spent. I love every minute of the story. I love the names of the characters because they are unique and beautiful, like main character Zenobia. I admire Zenobia because of her strong personality. When reading, she inspired me a lot. I love strong women who stand up for what they believe is right. She's a very brave woman and I don't think I could have been as bold as her if I were in her place. I recommend this novel for everyone who loves historical romance stories that are more than just romance. This story included many other elements as well.
Zenobia refuses to marry against her will, so she takes the situation into her own hands. She isn't about to let other people dictate her life. Her life is hers and she's going to live it how she sees fit.
When Zenobia takes control of her own fate, will the gods punish her audacity?
Zenobia, the proud daughter of a Syrian sheikh, refuses to marry against her will. She won’t submit to a lifetime of subservience. When her father dies, she sets out on her own, pursuing the power she believes to be her birthright, dreaming of the Roman Empire’s downfall and her ascendance to the throne.
Defying her family, Zenobia arranges her own marriage to the most influential man in the city of Palmyra. But their union is anything but peaceful—his other wife begrudges the marriage and the birth of Zenobia’s son, and Zenobia finds herself ever more drawn to her guardsman, Zabdas. As war breaks out, she’s faced with terrible choices.
From the decadent halls of Rome to the golden sands of Egypt, Zenobia fights for power, for love, and for her son. But will her hubris draw the wrath of the gods? Will she learn a “woman’s place,” or can she finally stake her claim as Empress of the East?