ThrowbackThursday: The Sands of Time by Sidney Sheldon

Hello sweeties! How was your week? How come it’s June already!! Time flies so fast, I can no longer keep up with everything and everyone.  It’s Thursday once again and we’re back with one of my favorite book memes, #ThrowbackThursday created by Renee of It’s Book Talk (https://itsbooktalk.com/) as her way of sharing some of her favorite oldies but goodies books that were published more than a year ago.

This week, I am sharing with you one of my favorite books by one of my early favorite authors, Sidney Sheldon –

The Sands of Time

Four nuns find themselves suddenly thrust into a hostile world they long ago abandoned for the safety of the convent. Unwittingly they become pawns in a battle between the charismatic Jaime Miró, leader of the outlawed Basque nationalists, and the ruthless Colonel Ramón Acoca of the Spanish Amy.
Four women – and the men they are forbidden to love.
Megan – the orphan, who feels an overpowering attraction to Jaime.
Lucia – the fiery Sicilian beauty on the run for murder – and Rubio Arzano, the freedom fighter who risks his life to save her.
Teresa – whose guilty conscience finally drives her to betray her friends.
Graciela – who bears a terrible secret that almost destroys her – and the courageous Ricardo who loves her.

From the same author of the books “The Other Side of Midnight”, “Rage of Angels”, “Bloodline” and “Windmills of the Gods”. The book is set in Spain and centres around four nuns and their unwitting involvement with outlawed Basque nationalists and the Spanish Army.

If there’s one author who really had a big impact in my reading habit and had my heart racing due to mysteries and suspense, it’s none other than the Master of the Game himself, Sidney Sheldon. I remember reading my very first Sheldon book back in college which was Morning, Noon and Night which instantly became my favorite. I got it from my favorite teacher who introduced me to Sheldon and John Grisham. I was already reading Nora Roberts at that time, so basically Sheldon, Grisham and Roberts were my Holy Trinity in reading.

Anyway, my other most loved SS book is this one, The Sands of Time. The novel is about the adventures and misadventures of four women who are forced to leave their Spanish convent only to get tangled up in the outside world of threat, violence and passion, with two men are pitted against each other in a fight to the death. Set in Pamplona Spain with fugitives running amok outside the prison, causing destruction in their wake, four nuns got caught up in a world of lies, deceits, scandals and murder, each had their own story to tell, each had skeletons waiting to come out of the closet.

I’m not surprised that this was a best-seller during the late 80s; Sidney Sheldon’s prolific writing and suspenseful storytelling really was engaging and captivating. I can understand why the generation of millennials today aren’t as pleased with this book, but for someone like me who adored Sidney Sheldon since time immemorial, this book gravitated on me. I’ve read this novel over about 10 times already, and still, my view of Sheldon’s prowess stays the same. Magnifique!

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