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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (Feb. 1 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380016990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380016990
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Beatrice Small lives with her husband, George;
Deuteromony, the long-haired Maine Coon Cat;
Checquers, the fat black and white cat with the pink
ears; Nicky the Cockatiel; and Gilberto, the cranky
Half-Moon Conure, in the English speaking
community in New York State. The family heir, Tom,
is now a college man. Beatrice Small is the author of
The Kadin, Love Wild and Fair, Adora,
Skye O'Malley, Unconquered, Beloved,
All The Sweet Tomorrows,
This Heart Of Mine, Enchantress Mine,
Blaze Wyndham, Lost Love Found,
The Spitfire, and A Love For All Time.
She loves hearing from her readers. You can write to
her at P.O. Box 765, Southold, NY 11971

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mirope on May 14 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For those of you expecting a typical sizzling Bertrice Small romance, be prepared to get something different. I actually found myself checking the cover again and again to make sure this was the same Bertrice Small. There are virtually no [adult] scenes in this book, but the story is so compelling and wonderfully written that it doesn't need them. This is the amazing story of Janet aka Cyra Leslie, a young Scottish girl kidnapped and purchased for a Selim, future Turkish sultan. Even though this is not the life she would have chosen, she quickly adapts and is determined to make her life with Selim as pleasant as possible. She forms a lasting bond with her fellow wives and finds herself madly in love with Selim. This isn't a fairy tale romance. Cyra has to share Selim with other women, and their life is repeatedly marred by violence and tragedy. Her rise to power is fascinating, and all of the relationships in the book ring true. The book is well-grounded in historical research, and the book reads like a true story. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenise on April 5 2001
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An epic story of men and women; of men thinking they are the ones in control and of women secretly running the world behind their backs! This is the life of Janet Leslie who is kidnapped from her family and sold to the future sultan of Turkey as his slave. Janet becomes one of the few women who can look on the "bright side" of her situation...instead of bemoaning her fate she takes control of her life. She becomes the beautiful Cyra Hafise; first wife of the sultan, bas-kadin (mother of the heir), and unspoken leader of her household. The other wives look to her for advice and the children come to her for comfort. She advises her husband in affairs of state and on his military campaigns. She is a strong woman who sends her youngest son to her family in her homeland rather than see him killed as a danger to the succession. At the sultan's death she becomes the power behind her oldest son, the new sultan. This book follows her success and her failures. A fantastic book I was sorry to see end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erika N. Overton on Oct. 28 2000
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I loved... abolutely LOVED this book. I first got it from a woman giving away a lot of her books due to moving and I read it until it fell apart. Then I bought another copy, which will likely also need replacing soon. Whenever I need a good dose of pick-me-up, I head straight for Ms. Small... usually to The Kadin. Lady Janet Leslie-turned-Cyra (Hafise) is a woman for women to be proud of -- a worthy heroine! Since I only objected to a tiny scene near the very end of the book, I could not remove even one star for trivialities such as that... but it was my own personal hang-up on the personality and identity of Cyra that the way her old friend Colin treated her near the end of the book should not have been tolerated, considering who she was - both the most powerful and beloved woman in the Ottoman Empire, and the strong-willed, not-to-be-trifled-with woman that she was. I don't care if she was past fifty by then; the Cyra I know should have had him killed for such presumption. I would have, if I were her... never doubt it! However, I may be more upset about that one small scene than necessary, considering Cyra is my hero, but what a worthy hero she is! Set in the fascinating world of a Turkish harem at a young age, Cyra is transformed from an impetuous child to a beloved and sweet, yet powerful woman. The nature of the harem life necessitated that she be ruthless when it was called for; and she had the strength of character to never shirk what needed to be done and the wisdom to know how and when to act in order to be in control of her own life. Though she lived in a harem, she was NEVER a slave or a victim, as harem life is usually portrayed -- indeed, she and her 'sisters' (Sultan Selim's other wives) made harem life seem very appealing.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30 2000
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At first when I read this, I couldn't grasp the concept of four women sharing a male without sniping and backbiting, either. Then I read it again. And again. And I learned that in other cultures and other time periods, it wasn't only possible but most likely happened. All of the characters are strong and well-developed without being whiny or weak. I loved how the friendships of all of the women evolved, making it a "chick story" in a funny little way. Selim was a strong man without being overbearing, and Besma was a perfect synonym for evil - the plots that woman came up with! Perhaps it's funny that this book contains the least descriptions of graphic sex out of all of Small's novels - I went specifically searching one day to try and find them and came up with very little. I can imagine the treatment it would be given today if Small were to redo it. (And I pray that never, ever happens.)
Start with the first and the best here. There's nothing else like it. A true classic romance of the 70's, and beyond.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evi Johnson on March 28 2000
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This book was given to me by my mother quite a few years ago. I was fascinated from page one. Icould not put it down. I am not one who could share my husband, in fact I have a bit of a problem with the green monster, but we must realise the different way of things in different times and different countries. I guess that is where the fascination lies. Though most of us do not wish to believe it, things like this were commonplace many, MANY, years ago. The descriptions put me right there, as if I were really observing what was happening. I would recommend this book to anyone. It has romance and suspence rolled into one, as well as intrigue, and family ties. One tends to think about what is best, as opposed to what one wants. Please read this to get a look at a different lifestyle, and how strong the will of a person can be.Evi Johnson/ eviandart@bigplanet.com I have totally worn out the book. First it broke in half, then pages started falling out. That is
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