Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

A lovely, romantic tale featuring horrid first impressions, a Bollywood-style wedding, and so much more! 

DESCRIPTION:


A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.

Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Looking into the rumors, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself. 

     – Goodreads

Genre(s): Romance, Fiction, Contemporary, Retelling

Publisher: Berkley Books

Expected Publication Date: June.4.2019

*Thank you First to Read for providing an ARC in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my own and based solely on the book*

REVIEW:

 As far as Pride and Prejudice retellings go, this is a fairly decent one. If you’re familiar with the original, then its easy to see the parallels between the two. Which isn’t a bad thing. It was entertaining trying to figure out how the big plot points of the original would unfold. Besides, there were moments where I was so completely engrossed, that I forgot it was a retelling! 

What I particularly liked was the dual viewpoint. We see what Ayesha is up to, how she feels, we understand her. We also get Khalid’s view! So his horrible first proposal? Completely makes sense because we’ve come to see how and why he acts the way he does. 

A big part of this story weaves religion (Islam) into the narrative. Both Ayesha and Khalid are devout Muslims, which is crucial to the way they interact with one another. I really liked how that was explored. 

The overall tone of the story is pretty upbeat and light-hearted. But there are moments where things got really real. It is a modern-day retelling so prejudice towards Muslims does appear. The way it was handled is important. Especially as hatred spreads through our society like wildfire. 

One thing I did not like? Lydia’s (okay, that’s not her name in this book, but I am not spoiling the story by telling you who she is) happily ever after. Ugh! Why?? She’s so annoying! :/

RATING: 3.5/5 stars

RECOMMEND? Yes! This is such a refreshing take on a classic tale. Plus, that cover! Googly heart eyes forever ❤

2019: Week 13 Reading Roundup

Sunday.March.24 – Saturday.March.30

AKA The week baseball season officially started!! Whoo!


FINISHED READING:
5! (I read multiple books at once + audiobooks + no social life haha)

Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes)
by Lorna Landvik

​I didn’t think I’d finish this book before publishing day. But, I did! It’s a heartwarming tale revolving around an ailing newspaper woman’s column. And like any good column, there are some delicious recipes included! {4*}


Ayesha At Last
by Uzma Jalaluddin

​An eARC I read courtesy of First to Read. First of all, look at this cover! Isn’t it stunning? #InstantCoverLove. Now to the good stuff. This is a Muslim Pride and Prejudice retelling set in modern-day Canada. RTC!


Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
by Mary Roach

​My audiobook for the week. It’s morbidly fascinating all the stuff scientists/researchers do with donated bodies. I was surprised and found the wry humor a nice counterpoint to all the informative bits. If you’re squeamish/easily grossed out, be warned, some parts are a little detailed. {3*}


When Dimple Met Rishi
by Sandhya Menon

​UGH!!! A rant post will probably pop up somewhere around here this week because boy, do I have a lot of feelings about this book. At some point I started hate-reading (which is never a good thing). Here’s the gist: Dimple is “not like other girls“. Gag me with a spoon. {1.5*}

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

​Another eARC courtesy of First to Read. Like the title suggests, this book is about Nina Hill, an introverted bookworm who works in a bookstore. RTC!

CURRENTLY READING: 1

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bendele

My current audiobook listen. I’m not that far into it but I already know I’m going to like it. 

UPCOMING READ: 

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

This is a 30-day buddy read I’m doing with Ashley on Instagram. It’s kind of like a book club, which is pretty cool.
I’m planning to start this today! 

PUBLISHED POST(S):
2

I’m making progress. Slowly but surely easing my way back into my blogging habits!

  • My review of Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes) by Lorna Landvik can be found here
  • My review of The Book of Dreams by Nina George can be found here 

HAPPY BLOGGING EVERYONE! 😀