Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Rosewater and soda bread by Marsha Mehran

This delightful novel from the internationally bestselling author of Pomegranate Soup follows the heartwarming adventures of three Iranian sisters in a tiny Irish village.A year ago, the beautiful Aminpour sisters, Marjan, Bahar and Layla, sought refuge in Ballinacroagh, winning over the townsfolk with their café serving delectable Persian cuisine. A mysterious young girl has literally washed onto Ballinacroagh's shores, and though she won't talk, it soon becomes apparent that she has a dark secret that alienates much of the strict Catholic town. But the girl has a distinct impact on the sisters, particularly as each sister goes through her own transformation - Marjan trying to love again, Bahar taking on a new religious commitment, and Layla maturing into a young woman.Marsha Mehran infuses this new tale with mouthwatering recipes, charming details of life in Ireland, and, above all, the lyrical warmth that the Aminpour family radiates to the whole of Ballinacroagh.

I had high hopes for this book, but it unfortunately didn't grab me at all. I found it very slow to get going and the characters weren't interesting enough to provoke my interest. I had hoped for more.

Rating - I give this 2/5 Nothing Special

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Reviewed by julie @ Wendouree Library


Anonymous said...

The blurb sounds very much like Pomegranate Soup - is this a follow on from this book?? It doesn't seem to go onto anything new at all.

Anonymous said...

This book takes place a year after the events of 'Pomegranate Soup'. But no, it doesn't go on to new ground very satisfactorily.

Julie said...

The events of this book take place one year after Pomegranate Soup. But it does seem to go over old ground.