Bookaholic is reviewing a slightly different book today. This book will transport you to the country of Afghanistan before the Taliban came to power.
This is one of those rare books which hook you from the first word and keep you reading until the end. I am struggling to know what to say about this book, not because I didn't like it, but because it was so good I don't know where to start. This is the story of Miriam, a Scottish Midwife, who is living in Afghanistan with Iqbal, her Afghan husband. This seemingly simple storyline hides a story which has great depth and breadth. There is more to the story than meets the eye and I cannot say too much without giving the plot away. The range of human emotions is drawn on in this book, and described in perfect detail. Obviously culture is a large part of what happens and the way in which Miriam lives within the new culture is so clearly written I could almost imagine her inner struggles. The picture of Afghan life and culture is so well drawn I could almost imagine myself there on the dusty roads and the, for me as a Scot, exotic locations. The fact that I myself am Scottish give this book an added edge. There are many different aspects to the story and the way in which all the characters lives intertwine is delicately pulled together. The characters are not perfect, but have their own inner demons and hopes and desires. This makes them all the more human and real.
I would not hesitate to say that this book is highly recommended and a must read. It is not the type of book I usually read so the fact I am rating it so highly is a credit to the Author Mary Smith. Thank you for a first rate book. Do yourself a favour and buy it now. Both the kindle and the paperback are excellent prices and well worth the money.
I was given a copy of this book by the author in return for a fair and honest review. The review I have given is based on my reading, and enjoyment of, the book
So there we have it for another day. Bookaholic is off to read another book, the first in a Swedish Trilogy so watch this space. See you all soon and keep reading.