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by Uzma Jalaluddin
Released: June 4th 2019
Published by Berkley Books
“AYESHA AT LAST is one of those books that is effortlessly captivating.”
~ Under the Covers
I knew as soon as this book landed on my doorstep that I had to read it. The first thing that caught my eye, I admit, was the beautiful cover. But once I looked at the blurb and saw this was a Muslim modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice I was all in. I can’t resist a good Mr. Darcy.
AYESHA AT LAST is one of those books that is effortlessly captivating. There’s something sweet and endearing about Ayesha and Khalid that just draws you in, and for different reasons. Khalid was raised in a very strict and old school family. He’s very religious, listens to everything his mom says and is ok with the fact that when his mom considers it the right time, she will choose the right woman for him to marry. After all marriage comes first, then love. But Ayesha puts all those things to the test, she stirs feelings in him that he never imagined and now has to wonder if his life plan is actually the right one for him.
I think the author did such a great job at putting in enough similarities and references to P&P to make this a fun read for fans of the classic. But at the same she did it in such a unique and fresh way that it blended really well. I was a bit skeptical about how this would work since I don’t think many authors manage to balance a good enough nod to the original while making it their own. But Ms. Jalaluddin definitely did.
In the end, this was such an addictive read. Once you get started you don’t want to put it down. No kissing or touching needed to keep you turning the pages. It’s just a beautiful story and I, for one, am looking forward to this author’s next book.
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