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#BookReview Ayesha At Last By Uzma Jalaluddin

511jGlirJKL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ (1).jpgThank You very much to the publisher – Corvus for the review copy.
ISBN13: 9781786497949
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release date: 04 04 2019
Price*: Kindle £2.83 (GBP)/  Paperback £5.75 (GBP)
Kindle $N/A (USD)/ Paperback $10.98 (USD)
Pages: ~ 352
My rating: 7/10
You can get this book here:
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What I learned from this book: It told a lot about the South Asian community and traditions.

Description of the book: AYESHA SHAMSI has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been overtaken by a demanding teaching job. Her boisterous Muslim family, and numerous (interfering) aunties, are professional naggers. And her flighty young cousin, about to reject her one hundredth marriage proposal, is a constant reminder that Ayesha is still single.

Ayesha might be a little lonely, but the one thing she doesn’t want is an arranged marriage. And then she meets Khalid… How could a man so conservative and judgmental (and, yes, smart and annoyingly handsome) have wormed his way into her thoughts so quickly?

As for Khalid, he’s happy the way he is; his mother will find him a suitable bride. But why can’t he get the captivating, outspoken Ayesha out of his mind? They’re far too different to be a good match, surely…

How this book made me feel: I always love reading about South Asian community, they are like watching a TV novella, filled with drama, romance and someone just waiting to “stab” someone in the back. 😀 That is why it was a no brainer whether to read this book or not. It felt very empowering but romantic at the same time.

The protagonists of this story are Ayesha and Khalid, and the story is told from their perspectives. Ayesha is a modern Muslim girl, who believes that women have rights in this society, and her wishes are very different from what is expected of her. Khalid is a very conservative Muslim young man, who is proud of who he is. Both of these characters are absolute opposites, but even without realizing it, they share so much in common. I had a lot of joy while reading the story about their personal lives, and watching how they grew throughout this book. This novel has a huge variety of supporting characters, who play very important parts and are absolutely hilarious, just like in real life. 😀

I really enjoyed the narrative of this book, it was funny and adventurous, but at the same time, it had a great message to share. It felt like a romantic comedy but played by Indians. 😀 The topics discusses in this book were arranged marriage, workplace religious discrimination, how it feels to be different than the rest of the community, etc.

The book is set in Canada, and I liked to see how South Asians live there. I liked the writing style of this book, it was creative and pleasant to read. The chapters had a decent length, and the pages just flew by. The ending of the book rounded up the story really nicely and left me satisfied with the outcome.

So, to conclude, if you wish to have a glimpse into South Asian culture and community’s life, this novel is great for that. It has a wide variety of amusing and very realistic characters, as well as a funny and entertaining plot. So, I strongly recommend this book to those, who are looking to educate themselves about different people and have a good time while doing so. 🙂 Do give this book a go, and I hope you will like it. Enjoy!

Thank You for Your time! ❤

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uj-9615web_1_orig.jpgAbout the author: Uzma Jalaluddin is a Canadian writer, celebrated for the successful debut of her first novel, Ayesha at last, which has been favourably compared with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Jalaluddin writes a column for the Toronto Star.

 

Website: http://www.uzmajalaluddin.com/ / Twitter: @UzmaWrites

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