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By Anthony Capella

From the across the world bestselling writer of the marriage Officer comes a unique whose lovely combination of unique event and erotic ardour will intoxicate each reader who tastes of its impressive delights.

When a girl provides a guy espresso, it's a method of revealing her desire.
—Abyssinian proverb

It used to be a cup of espresso that modified Robert Wallis’s life—and a cup of very undesirable espresso at that. The impoverished poet is sitting in a London coffeehouse considering an doubtful destiny whilst he meets Samuel Pinker. the landlord of chateau espresso deals Wallace the last thing a suffering younger artiste in fin de siècle England may be able to wish: a job.

But the task Wallis accepts—employing his palate and ability for phrases to compose a “vocabulary of coffee” in line with its many refined and elusive flavors—is in basic terms the start of a unprecedented event during which Wallis will event the dizzying heights of wish and the excruciating soreness of loss. As Wallis unearths himself falling hopelessly in love together with his coworker, Pinker’s lively suffragette daughter Emily, either will realize that you just can't wake up one set of senses with out affecting all of the others.

Their love is proven while Wallis is dispatched on a trip to North Africa looking for the mythical Arab mecca. As he travels to coffee’s fabled birthplace—and learns the fiercely guarded secrets and techniques of the trade—Wallis meets Fikre, the defiant, seductive slave of a robust espresso service provider, who serves him within the conventional Abyssinian espresso rite. And while Fikre dares to slide Wallis a unmarried espresso bean, the mysteries of espresso and forbidden ardour intermingle…and mix to alter heritage and fate.

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They led some of my girlfriends back home to believe that a veiled Muslim woman could not possibly know how to dance like a seductress. But I would have wagered that even five-year-old Egyptian girls were endowed with the gift of fluid hip undulations, as if music and dance flowed in their blood. The call of the maghrib prayers at sunset signaled the breaking of the fast and the end of our dance program. We broke up into two separate groups because the living room was too tiny to accommodate us all.

He was the first person I saw every morning on my way to the Arabic language institute. Ghuma looked at me with a mixture of curious -41- apprehension and amusement as I dashed down the stairs and shot out the building. He smiled and continued sweeping the courtyard with his tattered yellow broom. Sometimes, I would run into him in the neighborhood produce market that provided an opportunity to practice my Arabic, often doubling as free street theater to passersby. On these occasions, Ghuma refused to let me shop by myself.

It was only my third week of class at the language institute, but the alphabetical drills and fill-in-the-blank sessions at the blackboard were turning into a giant waste of time. They were not helping me speak Arabic on the streets. It wasn’t a major hindrance, since most of my friends and acquaintances in Cairo were well versed in English. But I knew they were disappointed that I couldn’t hold a proper conversation in their native language. I had managed to grasp bits and pieces of vocabulary and verbs to string together simple sentences, mostly by watching TV or listening to the radio.

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