Frances Vieta

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Can newfound love survive the ravages of modern warfare in the land of the Queen of Sheba? Twenty-something Ceseli Larson is mourning the recent death of her cherished father. His passing comes as she prepares to undertake a planned but harrowing expedition to the lost ruins of Axum. Axum, capital of an ancient kingdom and the possible resting place of the Ark of the Covenant, was also once the famous home of the Queen of Sheba. Ceseli hopes to uncover its long-forgotten archaeological mysteries. What she does not count on, though, is that Benito Mussoliniís invasion of Ethiopia looms on the horizon, about to be unleashed, sending an already dangerous journey into chaos. Nor does she expect the feeling she discovers for a young Italian doctor, nor the romance that blossoms between them. Love in the Land of Barefoot Soldiers is a sweeping tale of romance and war, as Ceseli is caught between the movements of empires and her growing love for a member of the invading army. History and the destruction of the modern era collide in this exciting drama.

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Love in the Land of Barefoot Soldiers
This book is an elegant fusion of geography, history, daring characters and a page turning narrative. Ethiopia, 1935 provides the setting for this conflict of cultures as well as political values. Haile Sellassie and Benito Mussolini animate the adventures of Ceseli Larson, an American archaeologist who is writing her dissertation on the Ethiopian royal obelisks at Axum.