Friday, January 18, 2019

Silent Hearts by Gwen Florio

4 Stars

Bear with me kids because I read this one back in . . . .

And it was my first (probably last, as well) paper ARC from Atria *cries forever for being such a failure* . . . .

I have zero excuse. I actually thought I had reviewed this already. But thar she blows right on my “Currently Reading” shelf.

So the story here is about two very different women who come to work together/form a friendship in 2001 Kabul. Farida has ended up there after being uprooted from her homeland of Pakistan thanks to an arranged marriage. Liv has ended up there after being uprooted from her homeland of America thanks to her husband as well. While Farida is surprised to find herself falling in love with the husband she never wanted in the first place, Liv finds herself falling in love with her work while her husband attempts to #metoo anyone he possibly can . . . including Farida who works with their organization as a translator.

The blurb isn’t lying when it compares Gwen Florio to Khaled Hosseini. If you enjoyed his books, there is a very good chance you’ll enjoy this as well. I found the characters to be well-developed, the pacing set at a true page-turning beat, and the storyline compelling. Not to mention the direction things take once you get to know everyone . . . .

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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