No of Pages: 314
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Date of Publication: December 24, 2017
Should Buy: Maybe, free with Kindle Unlimited
Book Source: Library Thing (for honest review)
Star Rating: 3.5/5
Words That Touched My Heart ❤
I urge you to not let anger, pain and frustration rob you of what is important in life- your loved ones. Remember your friends in times of joy and happiness, and most especially, in times of sadness and sorrow. For in the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but silence of our friends.
Title: The title is good but maybe not entirely appropriate to this story.
Title Rating: 3/5
Cover: The cover is artistic but doesn’t give any insight into the book. (It’s usually my preference to be able to get a feel for the story by looking at the cover.) This looks like the designer of the cover didn’t pay enough thought to it.
Cover Rating: 2.5/5
Characters: Samia: She is the kind of strong woman who every girl should hope to be like. She is a force to reckon with and knows what her family means to be. She is not afraid when her circumstances went south, rather than running in the opposite direction she managed to start a new life in the US. You should hope that no one has to be put in circumstances such as these but if God forbid, you have to may you have the strength of Samia.
Characters Rating: 4.5/5
Review: This is a kind of story I don’t usually read but I was hooked by the time I was on page 5. It is really hard to be a single middle eastern mother and even harder after 9/11 struck and even the innocent people were forced to choose a life which they had no hand in creating. They are punished for someone else’s crimes and an endless struggle to feed their families.
Samia had left a family behind when she came to the city and yet she was again a stranger after the attacks. She was abandoned by humanity, considered terrorist and not allowed to have a decent job. The story is her journey while she suffers and yet stays positive towards life.
Story Rating: 4.5/5
Appreciation: The book has a hypnotic effect on you, you can’t keep it down once you pass the hurdle of 9/11 effect. It is a heart-wrenching story (It’s a compliment since it was able to drag me the harsh reality of many people’s lives. She has brought out the sad reality of the so called American Dream.
Let Downs: I liked the intertwining of the stories but some places lacked connection.
Surprise Factor: The ending was very different.
Would I be reading more from Regina Timothy: Yes, definitely but grab lots of Kleenex.
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