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***To the Heart of the Nile

Lady Florence Baker and the Exploration of Central Africa

by Pat Shipman

Reviewed April 20, 2004.
William Morrow, New York, 2004.  428 pages.

To the Heart of the Nile tells the amazing story of Lady Florence Baker.  She was definitely not your typical Victorian lady of society.  Although she was Hungarian, she was orphaned and ended up in a harem in the Ottoman Empire.  She was stolen from the harem by Sam Baker when she was fifteen, and went on to help him discover the secondary source of the Nile, Lake Albert.

This book covers their travels.  Together, they faced unbelievable hardships and terrible dangers, but she always stayed by his side.

This book reminded me of the Amelia Peabody books with a feisty lady in Africa during Victorian times.  The major difference is that this story was completely true.

To the Heart of the Nile is the amazing story of a remarkable lady with the heart of a lion.

Copyright © 2004 Sondra Eklund.  All rights reserved.

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