Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Wishing Cup by J M Gryffyn

Orphaned as a boy and brought up by the crusty, disapproving Edward Collins, Dr. David Jameson may not know much about love, but he makes up for it with an encyclopedic knowledge of Egyptian history and language. Too bad his job as linguist for a team excavating in the Valley of the Kings puts him right under Edward’s nose. When the discovery of a rare artifact leads to a disagreement between guardian and ward, Jeremiah McKee, the team’s American benefactor, sends no-nonsense Jake Tanner to protect his investment.

David’s disappointment at not meeting McKee fades quickly in the heat of his intense desire for Tanner, who seems to be the only member of the team to give credence to his ideas. Push comes to shove when Edward discovers the burgeoning romance between David and Jake, but not everything is as it seems. Will David and Jake find more in Egypt than sand and strife? Something that, like the pyramids at Giza, will stand the test of time?

Reviewer: BlackTulip
As long as I can remember, the early 1900s' combined with Egyptian archaeology have always fascinated me.

This novella is a romantic and passionate love story. It was very entertaining to read but it could have been better if it were a little bit longer.

The plot is rather simple but not uninteresting and I found the writing style quite satisfying. On the other hand I would have liked more descriptions about the site itself, a bit more history too; it would had given this book more substance.

The two main characters David and Jack are both very appealing. David is a brilliant young Egyptologist but rather underappreciated, in particular by his guardian, a stiff and cold bully of a man who is in charge of the dig. Jake Tanner is overseeing it on the behalf of American philantropist McKee who's funding it. Very quickly Jake develops protective feelings for David. Their interaction is convincing enough but again it lacks depth.

At one point Jake has to leave but there is a surprising little twist when he comes back.

Overall The Wishing Cup was an interesting read that was able to give a good idea of what it must have been like...

I give it a 3.5/5.

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