Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite Desert Skies, Rebe ...
Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite Desert Skies, Rebel Souls by M.P. Tonnesen is a romance novel set against the backdrop of Middle Eastern politics and culture. Olivia is a young woman from Denmark on the verge of adulthood. Her story begins when she leaves home to go abroad on her first international trip to the Middle East. Olivia wants to volunteer and also experience a different culture and outlook for the first time. Once there, she meets Chaim, a charming young Israeli man who is about to set off to join the army in a few months. Their mutual attraction quickly develops, but they each have their own path to follow—his to join the army, and hers to travel and return home. However, in spite of the challenges and the obstacles in their way, this is their story of navigating young love as well as Olivia’s coming into her own as an independent young adult woman. I liked Desert Skies, Rebel Souls and thought that the story was well written and executed. I especially liked the character of Chaim and the way in which he complements Olivia. Of course, this story is essentially about Olivia though, and her journey from a young girl into a woman. It is her thoughts and feelings that readers are shown mostly throughout the book. I also loved the scenery and the vivid descriptions of places and countries in the Middle Eastern region, which indeed made me feel that I was traveling there myself. This is an enjoyable romance novel that both teenagers and adults will like.
November 20, 2017
Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite Olivia Margaux-Al ...
Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite Olivia Margaux-Alexander, who is from a small town near Copenhagen, Denmark, embarked on an exciting adventure. Just shy of her nineteenth birthday, she became a volunteer at a kibbutz in Israel, although her parents did not support the idea. She became instant friends with Hannah and Lola, two other Danish volunteers. Not only did Olivia leave her parents, but she also left her boyfriend, Daniel, and her loving, ill grandmother. Olivia always had a conflicted relationship with her mother, who seemed more engaged with her law firm, societal obligations and being fashionable. Olivia had an adventurous spirit and could not visualize herself following in her mother’s footsteps. She met a handsome young Israeli man named Chaim Rosen. Desert Skies, Rebel Souls by M.P. Tonnesen realistically portrays this new relationship forged by two young adults across international and cultural borders. The author is an excellent storyteller as she skillfully interweaves the personal relationship against the dangerous, political landscape. When Chaim begins his military duty in the Special Forces, the three women volunteers embark on a trip to Jordan and Egypt, brimming with the unsettling, discriminatory biases against females. There are both difficult moments and joyful moments throughout the tale. All the characters are well-developed and interesting. While there is uncertainty as to whether the relationship can survive its many challenges, author M.P. Tonnesen has crafted an intriguing and unexpected path for this loving pair in Desert Skies, Rebel Souls. The reader will be enriched in numerous ways – a captivating book.
November 20, 2017
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Desert Skies, Rebel ...
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Desert Skies, Rebel Souls is a contemporary romance/coming of age novel written by M.P. Tonnesen. The hot, dry climate of Israel was a big change for the young Danish girl who disembarked from the plane with the other excited young men and women who had decided to volunteer and work on a kibbutz. It was a bit of a rebellion for Olivia. Her parents had long expected her to continue with her education, get married and start a family, but Olivia wanted more. Her first decision upon arriving was to eschew the larger kibbutz, which she had heard was a popular party venue for volunteers, in favor of the smaller one she was offered, thinking that she’d have more opportunities to interact with the local residents and be more fully immersed in the culture. Olivia and the two other Danish girls she had traveled with did opt for that smaller kibbutz. Olivia was somewhat disheartened, however, to find that she had been assigned to the kitchen and to clean toilets, but her free time was filled with adventures, friendships and a growing relationship with a young Israeli soldier. M.P. Tonnesen’s own life of adventure began with her arrival at the same airport that her fictional character, Olivia, disembarked at, and her own experiences in Israel give Desert Skies, Rebel Souls a genuine feel for both the locale and the time frame in which it’s set. As someone who had also considered volunteering at a kibbutz, this story was of particular interest for me. While I felt Olivia’s talents were undoubtedly wasted in having her clean toilets, I found her other experiences to be fascinating and loved sharing in them albeit vicariously. Her travels outside of Israel had me in two minds, as the unfairness of the treatment she and her friends experienced, based on their gender, rankled even as I enjoyed seeing the sights with them, particularly the Rose City, which I Googled as I read. While this novel is categorized as a romance, there is so much action and adventure within these pages that I wouldn’t hesitate to also recommend it to anyone who enjoys travel literature or adventure tales. Desert Skies, Rebel Souls is most highly recommended.
November 20, 2017