ARC Review: Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

Posted June 4, 2019 by Francesca in Reviews / 5 Comments

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ARC Review: Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
Ayesha at Last
by Uzma Jalaluddin

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: June 4th 2019
Published by Berkley Books
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
 

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“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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About Uzma Jalaluddin

Hello and welcome! I am the author of the diverse romantic comedy, AYESHA AT LAST (HarperCollins Canada 2018, Atlantic Books UK 2019, Berkley Books USA 2019). My debut novel is a Pride and Prejudice reboot, set in a close knit Toronto Muslim community and inside a boisterous South Asian family. I also write a funny parenting column called SAMOSAS AND MAPLE SYRUP for The Toronto Star, Canada's largest daily newspaper. I live in Toronto with my husband and children. Read more of my writing at uzmajalaluddin.com and thanks for visiting!

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Pride and prejudice is one of my favorite books so I will definitely check this out.

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This was a cute story and made me so hungry when the food was brought out.

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Kathy Valentine

Fabulous review Francesca!! Love this cover too!! Shared on my socials!💋💖

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Sounds good. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it Francesca

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Thanks for the review.