Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Review: Leylah Attar's "53 Letters for my Lover."

Review: Leylah Attar's "53 Letters for my Lover."
Amazon UK:


This is not your typical love story. 
It’s not so black and white. Lines are crossed. 
Walls are smashed. Good becomes bad. 
Bad becomes very, very good.

Shayda Hijazi—the perfect wife, the perfect mother, the perfect daughter. For thirty-three years, she has played by the rules, swallowing secrets, burying dreams and doing whatever it takes to anchor her family. Shayda Hijazi is about to come face to face with the one thing that can rip it all apart, the one thing her heart has always been denied: Love.

Troy Heathgate—untamed, exhilarating, dangerous—a man who does exactly as he pleases. Life bends to his will. Until he comes across the one thing he would give it all up for, but can never have.

Born on the same day in opposite corners of the world, their lives collide. And nothing is ever the same again. 

Spanning three decades, 53 Letters for My Lover is a fiercely sensual, emotional ride to the heart of an epic, forbidden love that defies it all—an intimate exploration of love, loyalty, passion, betrayal, and the human journey for hope, happiness and redemption.

***Indie Reader "Best Books of 2014"***

Review: Kirsty Lander:

I took a while to read this book because life kept getting in the way, but I loved every word and when I wasn't reading, I was certainly wishing I was!

53 Letters for My Lover is a different kind of book, in the sense that it spans near enough an entire lifetime. When I began the book, I admit I was a little confused as to what was happening and when, but once I got in to the hang of the time line and the different dates, it flowed beautifully.

Shayda Hijazi is, as the blurb describes, the perfect mother, wife and friend, but when Troy Heathgate re-enters her life, making himself ever so present, she can't help but wonder if there is something else out there for her. Tired of just plodding through life, Shayda embarks on a passionate affair with Troy, with plenty of ups and downs. Being in an arranged marriage, Shayda has always just dealt with the cards that life has dealt with her, but with Troy it's different. It's exciting and totally different to anything she has previously experienced.

"So what's it like? To have it all?"

"Like flying. soaring. Until you come across the one thing 
you'd give it all up for, and can never have."

Throughout the years, my heart broke for Troy over and over. He was always on the sidelines, waiting for his time to swoop in and take care of the love of his life, but there was always something else to stop it. An accident, a medical condition, you name it, something always stopped Shayda and Troy being together. At times I wanted to shake some sense in to Shayda, but ultimately, the length of time it took for the two of them to be together, and what they went through, made it all worth it. Their 'happily ever after' was perfect, and very them. 

I'd never read any other work by this author, but her story telling was so good that I would certainly consider other work. I loved the setting and the way in which the story was told. The author did a great job.

I rated this book ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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