The Sworn Virgin: A Novel by Kristopher Dukes

The Sworn Virgin: A Novel

byKristopher Dukes

Paperback | August 8, 2017

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Dukes's gripping historical novel tells the tale of a desperate Albanian woman who will do whatever it takes to keep her independence and seize control of her future...even if it means swearing to remain a virgin for her entire life.

When eighteen-year-old Eleanora’s father is shot dead on the cobblestone streets of 1910 Albania, Eleanora must abandon her dream of studying art in Italy as she struggles to survive in a remote mountain village with her stepmother Meria.

Nearing starvation, Meria secretly sells Eleanora into marriage with the cruel heir of a powerful clan. Intent on keeping her freedom, Eleanora takes an oath to remain a virgin for the rest of her life—a tradition that gives her the right to live as a man: she is now head of her household and can work for a living as well as carry a gun. Eleanora can also participate in the vengeful blood feuds that consume the mountain tribes, but she may not be killed—unless she forsakes her vow, which she has no intention of ever doing.

But when an injured stranger stumbles into her life, Eleanora nurses him back to health, saving his life—yet risking her own as she falls in love with him...

“It’s hard to believe that the culture Dukes describes was ever real, but the amount of research she put into this book definitely shines through. The story remains fascinating throughout; readers will definitely find it difficult to put this novel down.”—San Francisco Book Review



 

 

 

 

About The Author

Kristopher Dukes was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has been a nationally published writer since high school. Her work has been featured in the bestselling book series “Written in the Dirt” and fashion bible WWD, and profiled in VOGUE.fr, NY Times.com, Fast Company, Forbes.com, and WWD. The Sworn Virgin is her debut no...
The Sworn Virgin: A Novel
The Sworn Virgin: A Novel

by Kristopher Dukes

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Title:The Sworn Virgin: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:August 8, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062660748

ISBN - 13:9780062660749

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“The Sworn Virgin is an extraordinary and fascinating canter through the historical world of Albania at the turn of the 20th century… a compelling read.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.”