Recent grad Kate McCormack, saddled with college debt, has limited options … until she accepts an offer to teach English in Saudi Arabia.

Plunged into a foreign world, she’s homesick and lonely, stuck in a gilded prison where women aren’t even allowed to walk around the block by themselves. The future stretches before her like a leaden sky. Journalist Philip Tangvald, on the trail of a story about illegal immigration routes through the Middle East and North Africa, is intrigued by the feisty Kate, but wonders if he deserves to find love again. Too much loss and betrayal has burdened his life. First, his father, when he was eleven. And, a year ago, his wife. Now he’s free of everything — except the guilt from his past — and wants to stay that way. Two worlds, two hearts in exile, are about to collide. And when they do, might they find a new song to sing … in Babylon?

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About The Author

Ann Gaylia O'Barr was a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Department of State from 1990 to 2004. Assignments included tours in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Algeria, Canada, and at the State Department in Washington, D.C. She also has worked as a computer programmer and a historic preservation planner. She currently lives in Washington State.

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