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Book talks and talks…Cairo Dairy and Women’s Ways of Leading

Tomorrow, I’ll be doing a “Meet and Greet” at Copperfields in Petaluma about Cairo Diary: an Egyptian fable, with Mary Gardner, my co-author on Women’s Ways of Leading.  On August 15, Mary hosted a large and generous book talk at her home in San Jose for Cairo Diary…and another Meet and Greet took place at Copperfields in Napa on August 7 for both books.  Book clubs in San Jose, Washington, D.C., Colorado, the Bay Area and the Sea Ranch, CA., are choosing Cairo Diary.  Reviews have been excellent. A few appear below.

What are people saying about Cairo Diary: an Egyptian fable…


This review is from: Cairo Diary: An Egyptian fable (Paperback)

Cairo Dairy merges the past and present in this modern day story of intrigue. Through an accident of fate, Justine, the heroine, finds herself with an ancient text that chronicles the life of a woman named Mary, the mother of Jesus. The diary portrays Mary as a thoughtful, caring, and literate woman juxtaposed against the backdrop of Jesus’ life in Egypt. Lambert deftly weaves ancient and modern Egypt into a travel diary of intrigue, love, and adventure. I highly recommend this as a must read for any one who loves Egypt and historical fiction.

Creative plot, timeless and timely messages, June 2, 2010

By Istari (Intermountain West)

This review is from: Cairo Diary: An Egyptian fable (Paperback)

Very interesting read. Found myself entertained by a novel with a unique plot and got bit of an education at same time. Author clearly has intimate personal knowledge of Egypt, and paints a detailed picture of the people and places. Themes introduced through character dialogs and story lines are both timely and timeless. A very different and worthwhile literary experience.

Rich in the history of ancient lands and religions, April 12, 2010

By Frequently Skeptical (Northern California)

This review is from: Cairo Diary: An Egyptian fable (Paperback)

The novel portrays the possible consequences resulting from the discovery of ancient writings indicating commonly held religious beliefs to be untrue. While the story and the characters hold interest, what makes the novel exceptional is the wealth of historical information concerning Egypt and the connections between, and the roots of, ancient Christianity, the Coptics, the Essenes and Islam. This alone makes for a fascinating read.


From Victoria, Canada

My enthusiasm for distinguished author Linda Lambert is undiminished. I mentioned your book (Cairo Diary) to some of the guests who were here for my granddaughter, Abby’s, wedding this past week. There were between 50 and 100 guests from New York, where Abby and Giles, the groom, live and work, and other guests from Texas, Tenn., California, etc…The most rewarding experience for an author is to KNOW that you have written a good book, and that perceptive readers will be able to share your story and enjoy your talent.

-David Appleby, Victoria, Canada

From Cairo, Egypt

I finished reading Cairo Diary and compliment you heartily for a creative and interesting book.  At first I thought it was modeled after Dan Brown’s the DaVinci Code so I was put off.  Then I thought it would be too Christian dogma oriented and so delayed reading it.  When I finally started reading your book, I was fascinated.  The parts that attracted me the most were what I surmised were biographical events entwined with the imaginary. I could well imagine you being Justine and recounting your actual life in Egypt.  It became apparent why you mixed up the present with the past because you needed to have a story line and some conflict.  Your characters were interesting.  I had a chuckle through many of the events especially those related to the director of the Supreme Council of the Antiquities.  I didn’t know that you knew that crowd!  I found your use of names in the book quite interesting.  You have made Morgan a part of your novel.  You have probably included more real names from your life in Egypt.  Fascinating.

Thank you very much for including me in the acknowledgments.  That is an honor and I am humbled.

-Waguida El Bakery, Cairo, Egypt

From Seattle, Washington

Cairo Diary: an Egyptian fable is a stunning and daring novel.  Intimate stories of Mary of Nazareth and her son Jesus, as well as other family members weave throughout the book, set in both the year 2 and 2006.  Dr. Justine Jenner, an anthropologist, is trapped in an old crypt during an earthquake in Cairo and discovers an ancient codex, which turns out to be the diary of the Virgin Mary.  Its revelations are shocking, rocking the religious and political world of the Middle East. For Justine, it is a journey of sexual awakening and a search for freedom. It is clear that Lambert knows Cairo and Middle Eastern history intimately and has woven this knowledge into a fascinating novel. A real page turner.

-John Sanders, Seattle, Washington


Linda Lambert and Mary E. Gardner have crafted a wonderful book about the changing nature of leadership. While highlighting the vision and characteristics that women are bringing to the table, both sexes will find value throughout the book.  The authors have included many tables (what I call shift papers) indicating both subtle and dramatic changes in what matters as one steps up to take a leadership role in shaping both the present and the future. Both the authors have “teacher” in their DNA and the book offers many mentoring stories and opportunities for young women just emerging on the stage of possibility.  I am included in the book under the sub-title: The Transforming Woman. Here the concept of sapiential leadership is featured. It is an honor to be included within the folds of this book.

On Monday, Labor Day…our travels to Taos.

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