The Diplomat’s Daughter by Liz Crowe has an interesting beginning with the main characters as children and then transitions into them becoming adults. It’s inspiring to see their youthful feelings blossom into mature emotions. Their love pulls them together but their social differences pull them apart. I found it rather interesting that Vivian is living in Levent’s country and yet he is unsuitable for her. Here the conflict is not only with their cultural differences but with their economic differences as well. Vivian’s father is the villain, but also an interesting character. He is a real bastard, showing just how much he merely tolerated his daughter and saw her as nothing more than a nuisance he couldn’t wait to get rid of. I loved that despite the odds stacked against them, Vivian and Levent find a way to make their love work and while they had to do it without her father’s blessing, it was the right thing for them to be together. It is clear she would have never been happy with the man her father chose.
Vivian and Levent Deniz are childhood playmates until he is sent away because their families believe their relationship is becoming inappropriate. Now, they are both grown up and neither has forgotten the special bond they shared and still do. On one of Vivian’s nightly rebellious outings, she runs into Levent and it is as if he never left. Emotions they could not identify as children are now clearly love. Levent may have been born to parents who are servants but he is fast making a name for himself as an influential businessman. The daughter of the Consul General to the U.S. is expected to marry someone of her caliber, but she wants only Levent. Unfortunately her father refuses to give his blessings and they are both devastated at being unable to love freely. It takes guts and the help from their friends when Vivian and Levent decide to marry without her father’s blessings.