Cindy Davies

Brand new! Cindy’s third book is now available!

The Odalisque

The Favourite of the Harem
The Favourite of the Harem is an historical novel set in the harem of Prince Orhan, son of the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire in 16th century Istanbul. In his early twenties, Orhan is under pressure from his mother, to produce a male heir, but after the death of his favourite concubine, he has spent his time on campaigns to conquer new territories for the powerful Ottoman Empire.

He saves a Russian slave girl, Rusalka, from drowning when she jumps overboard from a slave ship close to his palace. She’s determined to escape from his harem; he’s equally determined she will not. Against the convention of the time, Orhan falls in love with Rusalka, whom he renames Süreyya, and loses interest in the other women in his harem. Süreyya must negotiate the intrigues and jealousies of the harem. Fate steps in when Süreyya’s Russian family arrives in Istanbul on a quest to find and free her.

The Revolutionary’s Cousin
Freedom flows for Zahra, but suddenly it’s ebbing.

Zahra Ghafoori, an Afghan widow with a troubled past, plans to leave Tehran with her fiancé, wealthy architect Karim Konari, and her son Ahmad. Living through the post-revolutionary challenges in 1979 Iran, Zahra is anxious to settle with them in America. The dramatic reappearance of her revolutionary cousin Firzun, whom she believed dead in a bomb blast, changes everything.

Firzun manipulates Zahra to flee with him to Australia. When they arrive, Firzun disappears along with Zahra’s options. Before long, Zahra finds herself on the wrong side of the law.

Old and new loyalties are tested, which will either bring Zahra and Karim together or keep them apart forever … pushing freedom and happiness further away from her grasp. The question is, will it all ebb away forever?

The Afghan Wife
My debut novel ‘The Afghan Wife’ was published in November 2017.

A story of love and betrayal set against the background of international politics and the 1979 Revolution in Iran.

In the Historical Background section you’ll find information about Iran/Persia where the novel is set. There’s more information about me in the About Me section and a collection of my published travel articles and short stories in the ‘Cindy’s writing’ drop down menu. Please take some time to scroll through the photographs of Iran which I took when I visited.

‘The Afghan Wife’ is available now.

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