Echoes from the Oasis
By A.R. Tirant
Echoes from the Oasis is a historical fiction novel set in the Republic of Seychelles in the early 1900s. For those of you who are not familiar with the country (I must admit I had no geographical knowledge of the area until reading this book), the Republic of Seychelles is 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, more than 1,000 east of Southeast Africa. The climate is tropical and the inhabitants are descendants of British and French colonists and African slaves.
The author herself was born in the Seychelles in the 1950s. She crafts an intriguing story of her home country, weaving in the gorgeous scenery and the customs and beliefs of the inhabitants. The story begins with Anna, a teenage girl who breaks social custom and becomes a nurse. Anna meets a young man, Louis, who is a member of the wealthy Du Barre family. Anna and Louis fall in love – even consummating their love -- which is considered taboo in the strict Catholic society on the island. The couple plans to marry but a shipwreck and other complications wrench the them apart. Do Anna and Louis ever find each other again?
I enjoyed this historical romance, particularly the fact that the plotline was really unique. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about new locations and accurate depictions of historical eras.