- Release Date
- March 2014
On her first holiday in six years, Rumi is expecting to relax and unwind. But when she is set up by her long-time friend, she doesn't shy away from the possibilities. Ahad, a charming, independent, self-made man, captures her imagination, drawing her away from her disapproving sister, Juveria.
Faced with sizzling chemistry and a meeting of the minds, Ahad and Rumi find themselves deep in a relationship that moves forward with growing intensity. But as her desire for the self-assured Ahad grows, Rumi struggles with a decision that will impact the rest of her life.
Confronted by her scandalized sister, a forbidding uncle and a society that frowns on pre-marital intimacy, Rumi has to decide whether to shed her middle-class sensibilities, turning her back on her family, or return to her secluded existence as an unmarried woman in Pakistan.
We follow Rumi from rainy London to a sweltering Karachi, as she tries to take control of her own destiny.
Aug 18, 2014 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
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For a short novel this story really has so much in it. There is an amazing melding of a cultural story with a romance.
Rumi's traditional Pakistani upbringing is tested when she meets Ahad, also from a Pakistani family but he is more modern and open minded about the world.
Rumi is so vivid and I had my eyes opened by her struggle to find her place between what her heart and body want with what her mind is telling her from all the years of strict upbringing.
She is torn between her family and what could potentially be a new more modern life with a man that seems to understand her so well and be "the one" for her.
I loved the change of scenery from London to Karachi where we learn more about Rumi and her family pressures and where Ahad learns about himself and his history. The melding of the modern and traditional along with the romance and struggle to find themselves for both Rumi and Ahad made this a really superior read for me.
The author has done a brilliant job in such a short space at bringing the characters and their lives to life, the people and the places are very vivid and real and the cultural references were a real eye opener.
I would recommend this book to other readers.
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