Monday, June 16, 2014

The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson Book Review

The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson is a delightful trip into an improbable life that for some is actually real.  The story is of a young girl whose father is murdered, set up by his brother and her uncle.  Sounds complicated?  That's the least of it.  The girl's father was a dictator and she, her lovely but struggling now single mother and her brother (the king, really) are in America and trying to make a new life.

Which isn't easy as rebel factions, government agencies and their uncle, currently ruling, don't leave them alone.  And her mother wants to be involved as she wants her life back, quickly tired of poverty and completely unsuited to it.

Our heroine struggles with local customs, divided loyalties, making new friends, having her first boyfriend and looking out for her brother, who gets in trouble at school for claiming to be royalty.  Meanwhile, her mother begins to drink and they all live on little food.

How does the story get resolved?  Not as you'd expect.  What fun it is!  When I was in college I had a friend who likewise was the daughter of a deposed third world leader.  Her father was in jail with no end to his ordeal in sight.  Such stories really do happen.

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