Wednesday, September 28
Book Review: A Cup of Friendship
Author: Deborah Rodriguez
Pages: EBook (Approx. 283)
Summary: After hard luck and some bad choices, Sunny has finally found a place to call home—it just happens to be in the middle of a war zone. The thirty-eight-year-old American’s pride and joy is the Kabul Coffee House, where she brings hospitality to the expatriates, misfits, missionaries, and mercenaries who stroll through its doors. She’s especially grateful that the busy days allow her to forget Tommy, the love of her life, who left her in pursuit of money and adventure.
Working alongside Sunny is the maternal Halajan, who vividly recalls the days before the Taliban and now must hide a modern romance from her ultra-traditional son—who, unbeknownst to her, is facing his own religious doubts. Into the café come Isabel, a British journalist on the trail of a risky story; Jack, who left his family back home in Michigan to earn “danger pay” as a consultant; and Candace, a wealthy and well-connected American whose desire to help threatens to cloud her judgment. When Yazmina, a young Afghan from a remote village, is kidnapped and left on a city street pregnant and alone, Sunny welcomes her into the café and gives her a home—but Yazmina hides a secret that could put all their lives in jeopardy. As this group of men and women discover that there’s more to one another than meets the eye, they’ll form an unlikely friendship that will change not only their own lives but the lives of an entire country.
My Rating: 6.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: It was well written and interesting at times, but for me the book was just average. It wasn't spectacular but it wasn't bad either. Some aspects o the book were well done, the author did do a good job at showing what life is like in Afghanistan and the hardships women and the culture as a whole face, although compared to other books this was toned down a lot - you're not faced with the horrid violence that is shown in other books. But something didn't fit right for me. There wasn't a lot of substance to the story the actual plot wasn't what I thought it would be and I found myself bored with the actual story I got. For me it seemed like the author forced the story to end the way it did - the pairings of the characters didn't add up, and frankly I didn't care for that aspect of the story. I was hoping it would focus more on the coffee house bring the women together, who help each other out on an emotional and psychological level, the coffee house as it's centre, as they are faced with the hardships of their culture. Yes that was there, but it was kicked into the background to much, just so the book could end the way it did. It's hard to explain without spoiling the book, but the ending was not what I thought it should.
I found that the characterization needed work, some character go from one extreme to the to the other, but little development to get them there. One character in particular flipped over far to easy and I wish the author had shown his struggles more - I would have enjoyed this aspect of the story more, knowing the character was slowly rethinking things, even if I was left hanging with his future and how he'd handle him self, I would have enjoyed it better, as it would have been far more believable than him making a complete turn around, in a short time.
The book was well written. Which I think is what kept me reading and kept me from becoming frustrated with it. It flowed well and for the most part, the story came together well, but it just wasn't what I was expecting.
Would I recommend it to read: I would. It may not be my favourite, but overall it was a good read, and I think a lot of readers would probably enjoy the book.
What to read next: A Thousand Splendid Suns
Challenges: 11 in 11, 100+ Challenge