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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
William is in for the adventure of a lifetime and it has very little to do with his position as a British Envoy in Kabul, Afghanistan. However, it's his position that leads him to a great find, a valuable treasure and a princess's journal that documents the treasure's significance. While at the turbulent fortress of Bala Hissar in Kabul, William stumbles upon an injured woman, a very beautiful woman, and a treasure box which contains a hidden compartment in which he finds a journal written in Persian. There is no jewel, but when his brother, John, translates the journal, William discovers a whole new world of possibilities, all because of Princess Jahanara, the beloved daughter of the sixteenth century leader, Shah Jahan. William's life is turned around as he decides to follow the treasure and, in its place, finds other treasures more valuable than a beautiful, large diamond.
Princess Jahanara's Notebook is a love story, a mystery, an adventure, and an historical fiction, all in one. Ali M. Kiper has written a compelling tale of nineteenth-century Afghanistan, its battles and military instability, with a parallel story of unforgettable love that resulted in the building of the famous Taj Mahal. This is a fascinating story set in Afghanistan, focusing on the mystery of a rare and beautiful diamond and its affiliation with Shah Jahan who built the Taj Mahal. But, it is also much more than a story about rare treasures; it is also a story about true love, which, in the end, is the greatest treasure of all.