The Professor And The Bird by Roberta Franklin
Professor Angelopoulos is a mature, experienced, and renowned archaeologist. Whilst working in the sweltering heat of the Kanesh desert, Turkey, he meets the true love of his life, Sally. Sally, a young Irish girl, arrives at the archaeological camp after being injured in a motorcycle accident.
Whilst Sally is at the camp, she uncovers one of the most important archaeological find in history, a simple piece of clay with the oldest inscription in an Indo-European language upon it. Together, with the Professor and other camp members they must project this rare item of national heritage from a millionaire collector, and ensure it arrives safely at the Archaeological Museum, where it must be displayed for everyone to see.
Review by Eva Pasco
4.0 out of 5 Stars
A Lighthearted Romantic Escape
August 18, 2018
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It’s been a while since I’ve elected to read a novel in the genre of romance. To my delight, Roberta Franklin’s ‘The Professor and the Bird’ offers a welcome escape from reality with the added dimensions of cultural enrichment, history, intrigue, and danger. This is achieved through the setting of an archaeological dig in Turkey’s Anatolian Desert.
Sure, the characters are simply drawn, easily categorized, and lack credibility: Sally – a 27-year-old adventurous Pollyanna; Nikos – a 60-year old, naïve, antiquated professor. The two fall in love right away despite their age difference and without complications. The dialogue between them is unconvincing—but, the details of their lovemaking are incredibly hot without trespassing on porn—one of the hallmarks of an eloquent romance novel.
Sally’s accidental find of a clay fragment dated from BEFORE 2000 BCE becomes the source of cloak-and-dagger and slapstick antics among stupid thieves. The lighthearted romp provides the page-turning charm of this novel.
The author often interjected Greek and Turkish expressions to authenticate the setting of her story. I enjoyed escaping with Sally and Nikos to Istanbul where I visited such wonders as Haig Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Great Bazaar, and the Pera Palace Hotel where Agatha Christie wrote ‘Murder on the Orient Express’.
I’m certainly glad I embarked on this romantic escape which didn’t cost me plane fare. It’s well worth the trip.
Paperback: 174 Pages
Publisher: Olympia Publishers (September 27, 2016)
About The Author: Roberta Franklin, who was born in Germany in 1973 and studied History and English Literature in Munich, lives in Piraeus (Greece) and London.
She has worked in various fields – as a journalist, as Social Hostess on a cruise ship, as an insurance agent – and during the past ten years she has been working as a freelance translator and a teacher of foreign languages.
Her true passion has always been writing, and her favourite genre has always been romantic fiction.
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