Nadiya won the Great British Bake off 2 years ago and since then she has written a couple of cook books, as well as this novel. I held off buying this for ages partly because it was hardback so really expensive, but also because very mixed reviews started to appear on Amazon/Goodreads.
When my friend finished reading it a few weeks ago she lent it to me to read so I was quite excited to see what I made of it!
The four Amir sisters – Fatima, Farah, Bubblee and Mae – are the only young Muslims in the quaint English village of Wyvernage.
On the outside, despite not quite fitting in with their neighbours, the Amirs are happy. But on the inside, each sister is secretly struggling.
Fatima is trying to find out who she really is – and after fifteen attempts, finally pass her driving test. Farah is happy being a wife but longs to be a mother. Bubblee is determined to be an artist in London, away from family tradition, and Mae is coping with burgeoning Youtube stardom.
Yet when family tragedy strikes, it brings the Amir sisters closer together and forces them to learn more about life, love, faith and each other than they ever thought possible.
I was worried I’d get confused between all the characters as I have in some other books, but actually this book was really well written and I didn’t get confused at all. It was such a lovely storyline which kept me wanting to read throughout and I really loved all the characters. Especially Mae and Fatima.
It was quite an unusual storyline but actually it was really good and I didn’t find any of it predictable at all. I really loved Fatima and her little journey she went on, my only gripe is that I’d like to have seen more of Fatima’s story at the end.
But all in all this was a fantastic book and I’m so glad I read it and wasn’t put off by the mixed reviews! I really hope Nadiya decides to write more fiction books for us! 🙂
Have you read this book? If so what did you think?