Genre: Historical Romance(South Africa)

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.


  • Print Length: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Penkelly Books (January 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E9EP0BM



January 4, 2014
Set in the rich and fascinating milieu of Cape Town in the 1830s, with its shifting patterns of social awareness and the growth of scientific knowledge, Comets tells the story of James and Isabelle Forster, whose lives, and those around them, are changed irrevocably not only by the appearance of a real comet – Halley’s – but by human “comets” including the aristocratic Michael Percy, the young Charles Darwin and a recently-emancipated slave couple, Adam and Catharine Cupido. James and Isabelle’s comfortable upper middle-class existence threatens to spin out of control as they confront moral crises they seem unable to resolve.

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COMETS by Clive Algar is an interesting Historical Romance set during the 1830’s in Cape Town, South Africa.

“Comets” is only his third novel, and what a tale of love and romance. See, “Journeys to the End of the World” and “Flowers in the Sand”.

Meet and follow, James and Isabelle Forster, Michael Percy, the young Charles Darwin or South Africa and Adam and Catharine Cupido, recently-emancipated slave couple. As a real life, Haley’s comet threatens to destroy all they hold dear.

With scientific & religious views of the times, controversial issues, emancipation of slaves, infidelity, romance, and love, Mr. Algar has written an intriguing as well as interesting tale of love and romance.  The sensual scenes are tasteful. The characters are realistic and believable. I was fascinated by the South African culture, commerce and life. Well written with vivid descriptions of the era and the people. Although, it does have a cliff hanger or two, will there be a second? We will have to wait and see. If you enjoy historical fiction, romance, and a great read than, pick up “Comets”, you will not be disappointed. Fast paced, quick read! Well done!! Received for an honest review from the author.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More