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Hi fairy friends!
Happy Monday to you all and welcome to day 1 of our readalong of What the River Knows by Isabel Ibañez. I’m so excited to be reading this one with you, I hope you all love it!
Before we get into the book, how are you all doing? I hope you had a wonderful weekend and got lots of reading done!
Since today is day 1, we’ll be reading from the beginning to the end of Capítulo Seis (Chapter 6). It’s time to get comfy and cosy with our book and get started!
When you’ve finished today’s section, catch up with me in the comments down below so we can discuss the beginning of the book. Happy reading!
Please be warned, the following section will include spoilers for What the River Knows by Isabel Ibañez from the beginning to the end of Capítulo Seis (Chapter 6). Please only read on if you have finished reading this section!
We meet Inez, her mother and father are in Egypt and she longs to go and be with them. Every single time she gets correspondence from them she thinks this’ll be the one with the invite. So far no invites, but she did get a magical Egyptian artefact?
Her cousin Elvira arrives to tell Inez a letter has arrived. Is this it? Whatever it is the fact we’re joining Inez at this very moment means it has to be important, right?
Inez gets stick from her aunt Lorena and her other cousin Amaranta for being covered in paint all the time and it being unladylike. You do you, Inez!
Inez is sure this is finally it and she’s so excited, but it’s not just a letter, but a solicitor with a letter, Inez’s parents are missing, presumed dead.
Inez decides she’s taking matters into her own hands. She’s going to Cairo! Masked as a widower, she travels all the way hoping her Tío Ricardo will meet her at the other side. Ricardo’s nowhere in sight, but there is a young man smelling of booze, and he’s been sent to tell Inez to get right back on the boat. Shady!
Already, Inez is seeming like a force to be reckoned with and she tricks the mystery man and finds her own way to the hotel. Ok, I like her.
The train journey causes her to meet one Basil Sterling. The name already insinuates he’ll be pompous and, no doubt, British. Not only is he indeed pompous, he’s a no good thief and steals the very artefact we know Inez got from her father at the beginning of the book, a ring that potentially belongs to CLEOPATRA (???!!!), and then he has the audacity to make HER out to be in the wrong.
At least the people at the hotel are decent. They immediately put her up in her parents suite, recognising her. This must be so hard for Inez though. All of her parents stuff is untouched, as they left it.
Hayes (the mystery man now has a name!) eventually finds his way back to the hotel, and to Inez, and orders her not to leave, but to attend dinner with him and her uncle. Ok…
Interestingly, they’re not alone. Ricardo and Hayes are joined by Sir Evelyn and Monsieur Maspero. These names are epic. Tío Ricardo seems to harbour a dislike for them both due to their penchant for stealing Egyptian artefacts and replicas and selling them to tourists.
The talk doesn’t seem to go how Ricardo planned and Inez uses that -and her stolen ring- as an entry point into the conversation to try and get Ricardo to let her stay.
Regardless of her valiant efforts, really Inez I salute you, Ricardo is sending her away, and Hayes is tasked with keeping an eye on her until her swift departure arises.
What a starting point!
Did you anticipate the news Inez would receive at the start of the book? As soon as a solicitor was mentioned I knew and my heart broke for her!
Do you think Ricardo will really make Inez leave Egypt?
Do you think Inez will best Hayes again and make a run for it? Where do you think she’ll go if she does?
I’m loving the setting and the way the story’s been set up so far, see you tomorrow for another day of reading!