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Author: Kristopher Dukes Narrator: Barrie Kreinik Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2017 ISBN: 9780062741042
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Dukes's gripping historical novel tells the tale of a desperate Albanian woman who will do whatever it takes to keep her independence and seize control of her future...even if it means swearing to remain a virgin for her entire life.

When eighteen-year-old Eleanora’s father is shot dead on the cobblestone streets of 1910 Albania, Eleanora must abandon her dream of studying art in Italy as she struggles to survive in a remote mountain village with her stepmother Meria.

Nearing starvation, Meria secretly sells Eleanora into marriage with the cruel heir of a powerful clan. Intent on keeping her freedom, Eleanora takes an oath to remain a virgin for the rest of her life—a tradition that gives her the right to live as a man: she is now head of her household and can work for a living as well as carry a gun. Eleanora can also participate in the vengeful blood feuds that consume the mountain tribes, but she may not be killed—unless she forsakes her vow, which she has no intention of ever doing.

But when an injured stranger stumbles into her life, Eleanora nurses him back to health, saving his life—yet risking her own as she falls in love with him...

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A compelling story of a woman’s trauma and strength.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A compelling, dramatic, romantic and at times hilarious read. I highly recommend this novel and eagerly look forward to more from this writer.”

    W. Bruce Cameron, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This novel touched me, often made me laugh out loud, and ultimately reminded me of how much people judge each other by gender to this very day.”

    Cathryn Michon, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Fascinating throughout; readers will definitely find it difficult to put this novel down.”

    San Francisco Book Review

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About the Author

Kristopher Dukes was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her work has been featured in the bestselling book series Written in the Dirt and the fashion bible WWD and has been profiled in Fast Company and online at Vogue, Forbes, and the New York Times. The Sworn Virgin is her first novel. She lives in Manhattan Beach, California, with her husband.

About the Narrator

Barrie Kreinik is an actor, singer, playwright, and voice-dialect coach based in New York City. Her audiobook narrations have earned an AudioFile Earphones Award. A graduate of the Brown/Trinity MFA acting program, she is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.