Monday, January 12, 2015

Review: A Sister to Honor by Lucy Ferriss

A Sister to Honor
by Lucy Ferriss

Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Afia Satar is studious, modest, and devout. The young daughter of a landholding family in northern Pakistan, Afia has enrolled in an American college with the dream of returning to her country as a doctor. But when a photo surfaces online of Afia holding hands with an American boy, she is suddenly no longer safe—even from the family that cherishes her.
Rising sports star Shahid Satar has been entrusted by his family to watch over Afia in this strange New England landscape. He has sworn to protect his beloved sister from the dangerous customs of America, from its loose morals and easy virtue. Shahid was the one who convinced their parents to allow her to come to the United States. He never imagined he’d be ordered to cleanse the stain of her shame...

Kritters Thoughts:  A daughter and sister leaves the comfort and safety of her home to go to America to get an education in hopes to return and make her hometown a better place as a female doctor.  She brings with her the customs of her home and tries to keep them while living in a completely different culture.  At the same time her brother is at a university close and is trying to live within both cultures and having a hard time with it all.

Through some interesting twists and turns their home life intersects with their new lives in America and it was explosive.  I don't know a ton about Pakistan customs, but as a reader you don't need to know much as you get the idea of how things work through the dialogue of the characters.  It was crazy to think that this was a contemporary book and that just maybe these customs and ideals are still lived by currently and seeing them up against an American culture made me really think.  

If you love books with cultural emphasis, then this one is right up your alley.  Also, if you love honest stories that really make you think about the way we live, then you should pick this one up!  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Penguin Random House.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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