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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Night of Turmoil by Judi Phillips

Night of Turmoil by Judi Phillips
Publisher: Whispers Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (43 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Snapdragon

Chelsea O’Malley, an English as a Second Language teacher in Tunis, Tunisia, is always prudent, never reckless. Her adult ESL Student, Malik Bourjamaa, aspires to a career in news journalism, hoping to facilitate change in his country. While attending a protest march during the uprising in Tunis, Malik is wounded, infuriating Chelsea and causing her to admit she desires to be more than his teacher. Can she throw caution to the wind and speak truth to a political system out of control?

Phillips’ unpredictable romance Night of Turmoil, is a visit to a foreign land in the throes of change, and yet, romance is romance, in whatever time and place.

Chelsea O’Malley is an ESL teacher and seems at home in Tunisia – but also, cautious. She is in a changing world, with enormous political changes underway, and she is well aware peaceful protests could lead to violence. Driven by a desire to understand people and their religion better, she took a position in the city of Tunis. She didn’t expect to find love… and suddenly, she is no longer a cautious teacher, but risk taker; adventurer.

Risk comes at a price. What starts as a bit of a ‘message’ story quickly becomes a dramatic tale of danger and love, personal hopes and general freedoms. The sights and sounds of this foreign land provide an exotic backdrop to this engaging tale. The scents of jasmine and orange blossoms fill the air. The people, the good and the bad, are realistically presented. Events, harsh but true to life, are recounted. This is well-written, with clarity and sympathy, and is very readable.

Night of Turmoil is also very timely, dealing with issues of freedom, revolution and the unrest common to many places in the world today. Ms. Phillips presents a very contemporary view of life and the struggle for freedoms in modern times.

Although a bit grim at times, Night of Turmoil is a bit of a window to another world – and an engaging an interesting story as well.