Love in the Land of Barefoot Soldiers

A Novel

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About The Book

Can newfound love survive the ravages of modern warfare in the land of the Queen of Sheba?

Twenty-something Ceseli Larson is mourning the recent death of her cherished father. His passing comes as she prepares to undertake a planned but harrowing expedition to the lost ruins of Axum. Axum, capital of an ancient kingdom and the possible resting place of the Ark of the Covenant, was also once the famous home of the Queen of Sheba. Ceseli hopes to uncover its long-forgotten archaeological mysteries.

What she does not count on, though, is that Benito Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia looms on the horizon, about to be unleashed, sending an already dangerous journey into chaos. Nor does she expect the feeling she discovers for a young Italian doctor, nor the romance that blossoms between them.

Love in the Land of Barefoot Soldiers is a sweeping tale of romance and war, as Ceseli is caught between the movements of empires and her growing love for a member of the invading army. History and the destruction of the modern era collide in this exciting drama.

Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction—novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Yucca (January 27, 2015)
  • Length: 264 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781631580130

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Raves and Reviews

"A heartbreaking story of what happened when the mighty powers at the League of Nations played ostrich for Fascist Italy's rape of Ethiopia, when they could have stopped Mussolini with his mustard gas and bombing of Red Cross hospitals. Vieta's novel is a lesson in the dangers of non-involvement. It brought tears to my eye." —Marvin Kitman, American television critic, humorist, columnist, and Pulitzer Prize finalist

"Well written, expertly and realistically portrayed. Ceseli's fatalistic, heartfelt love affair is skillfully absorbing."—Reviewed in The Mindquest Review of Books, by Lightword Publishing

“Historically, the Italian invasion in 1935 was a brutal and devastating period for Ethiopia. We were not prepared to lose hundreds of thousands of people. It was an overwhelming loss for my country and for my family. My thanks to Frances Vieta for telling this story.” —Yohannes Mengesha, former UN Assistant Secretary-General and great-grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie I

"A heartbreaking story of what happened when the mighty powers at the League of Nations played ostrich for Fascist Italy's rape of Ethiopia, when they could have stopped Mussolini with his mustard gas and bombing of Red Cross hospitals. Vieta's novel is a lesson in the dangers of non-involvement. It brought tears to my eye." —Marvin Kitman, American television critic, humorist, columnist, and Pulitzer Prize finalist

"Well written, expertly and realistically portrayed. Ceseli's fatalistic, heartfelt love affair is skillfully absorbing."—Reviewed in The Mindquest Review of Books, by Lightword Publishing

“Historically, the Italian invasion in 1935 was a brutal and devastating period for Ethiopia. We were not prepared to lose hundreds of thousands of people. It was an overwhelming loss for my country and for my family. My thanks to Frances Vieta for telling this story.” —Yohannes Mengesha, former UN Assistant Secretary-General and great-grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie I