Kristopher Dukes, author of The Sworn Virgin, on tour August 2017

Posted By on August 8, 2017

About The Sworn Virgin

• Paperback: 352 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 8, 2017)

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…

“It’s hard to believe that the culture Dukes describes was ever real, but the amount of research she put into this book definitely shines through. The story remains fascinating throughout; readers will definitely find it difficult to put this novel down.”—San Francisco Book Review

Purchase Links

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Photo ©2017 by Matt Jacobson

About Kristopher Dukes

Kristopher Dukes was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has been a nationally published writer since she was in high school. Her work has been featured in the bestselling book series Written in the Dirt and fashion bible WWD. She has been profiled in, NY, Fast Company,, and WWD. The Sworn Virgin is her debut novel. She lives in Manhattan Beach, California, with her husband, Matt, and Doberman, Xena.

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Tour Stops

Tuesday, August 8th: A Bookish Affair

Wednesday, August 9th: Literary Lindsey

Thursday, August 10th: 100 Pages a Day…Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Friday, August 11th: She’s All Booked

Monday, August 14th: Reading to Distraction

Wednesday, August 16th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Thursday, August 17th: BookNAround

Tuesday, August 22nd: A Chick Who Reads

Wednesday, August 23rd: Jathan & Heather

Thursday, August 24th: Library of Clean Reads

Monday, August 28th: Broken Teepee

Tuesday, August 29th: Flavia the Bibliophile

Wednesday, August 30th: History from a Woman’s Perspective

Thursday, August 31st: 5 Minutes For Books

Friday, September 1st: Lit.Wit.Wine.Dine.


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