Friday, May 23, 2014

Veiled Destiny

Veiled Destiny by Shirin Humzani

The most important fact about Ehla’s life has been hidden from her. 
Ehla is beautiful and intelligent, but she lives a sheltered life at her father’s estate in the mountains of Pakistan. Her quiet world is shattered when her father’s friends arrive with their son, who brings with him a mysterious stranger. Ehla fears an arranged marriage, but the truth lies far beyond her imagination. 
Asfand remembers Ehla, though she has forgotten him. He is determined to outwit Ehla’s father and will do anything to reclaim what is rightly his. 
To protect their honor and achieve their hearts’ desires, Ehla and Asfand must confront her father, tradition, and one another. Victory can come only through repentance and forgiveness. 

This contemporary romance will appeal to readers looking for exotic romance and family drama. It examines how tribal culture affects women’s issues in South Asia.

Veiled DestinyVeiled Destiny by Shirin Humzani
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book isn't bad. You can tell they are trying to write for an American audience. At times it was choppy. I found it difficult to follow along with who each character was. There's no specific information given. I was confused as to how or even if they were related and at times was lost as to who each was. The book is long, drawn out, but certainly opens your eyes to new cultures. I feel like if you're writing about another culture that most Americans are unfamiliar with, you should explain more. It did but it didn't. There's a lot that does nothing but build word count. Maybe having someone go through and help pull some of this story out, may make it an easier read. It took me almost 4 days to get through it, when typically, I read a book a day. It truly is an endearing story, I just wish it hadn't confused me so much when it came to the characters.

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