Dangerous Disguise (Cavanaugh Justice, dNto conflict upon the arrival of his Iranian mother At first I thought she was awful to him picking out his every flaw and criticizing each thing heid on their ates
However I think I prefer that to the usual chick lit in which the woman fawns I think I prefer that to the usual chick lit in which the woman fawns the man s perfect butt smile whatever I like that Dehdashti s main character is imperfect as is her love interest Character flaws give epth making
"The Good Things That "good things that better and the characters that much realI absolutely love Goli Joon and the escriptions of her reactions to everyday American life In fact I may have loved her too much Maybe she wasn t evil enough to justify Valerie wanting her to leave But then again when you ve just moved in with your boyfriend having Mummy Dearest around could be enough of a problemThe novel explores Valerie s encounters with taarof the Persian customs surrounding greetings serving and invitations as well as escribing the food in mouthwatering Command Performance detail As a foodie book I shelve it beside such books as Like Water for Chocolate It feels like a iary or a chat with a friend It s overwhelmingly pleasant to read with
just enough conflict to keep you turning the pages while allowing you to linger over the ishes enough conflict to keep you turning the pages while allowing you to linger over the The Perfect Blend dishes s light and funny withoutumbing itself own and it tackles some tough issues without the narrator becoming unrelatableI thoroughly enjoyed reading it and recommend it as a light summer read great for holidays weekends travel and some me time See full review at Shellyback booksA uirky fun and relaxing read If life is a journey this is Valerie s journey The iary like chic lit writing style gives it a certain Bridget Jones Wanted (Sealed with a Kiss diary feel Whilst I am not really a fan of chic lit preferring fiction with substance Iid enjoy this novel In true chic lit style it is written in the first person and Valerie the main character is likeable amusing and being Valerie is a girl in perpetual motion with strong Minnesota ties and a Rayuan Sang Bos [Seduced By the Boss] desire to express herself With life heading in oneirection a chance encounter albeit unexpected gives her a new lease on life with a man she said she Bachelor to the Rescue (Home to Dover, d neverate because he was a customer How Val and Naveed Secrets At Maple Syrup Farm deal with a bit of neurosis hilarious situations and their life with Goli Naveed s Iranian mother is an illustration that family is what you make it There are some laugh out loud moments mixed with very emotional personal experiences throughout this story Filled with the mixes of both Midwestern US and Iranian culture Roseheart is heartwarming and charming in a way that makes you enjoy the journey not feel like you are being lead along the path the author wants you to be A brilliantebut novel by a very accomplished writer. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding; Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas; or Welcome to My Planet Where English is Sometimes Spoken by Shannon Olson The culinary imagery in Roseheart has also rawn connections to The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu Jabe.
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Reading It I Thought Forit I thought for that I was not going to like this book but I gave it a little bit of time and I ended up loving it Could not put it own I honestly laughed out loud Copy provided by NetGalley for an honest review This book was uirky fun and well thought out but it fell short for me It s about family and life and just getting on but I found it all a bit meh That said it was REALLY well written and im sure im not the target audience so maybe some one else might find this a five star read but it just wasnt for me Just finished this The Dukes Gamble debut novel and loved it A free spirited young woman Valerie falls in love with a Persian man Naveed who is handsome and kind and also very good to his mother Her life soon changes as she learns the joys and complexities of living with her new husband and an extended visit from hermother in law Goli Funny and tender it was a joy to read I enjoyed the familiar Minnesota metro setting and the window into Iranian culture and cuisine Well written and strong characters I look forward to reading books by Catherine Dehdashti This is Minnesota and I m a stereotypical reticent Minnesotan This home is also Iran where elders must be revered and respected I must stay within the boundaries of both of these cultures but this soap game is a pressure valve So says main character Valerie Kjos Shushtari in Catherine Dehdashti s wonderfulebut novel Valerie acutely feels the push and pull of two very Unmasking the Marquess (Hold Your Breath, different cultures and struggles to find a comfortable place in between Deshdati explores the ups andowns of such an existence with humor and compassion and powerfully explores the complexities of blended families I m eagerly awaiting her next novel Disclosure I was asked to read this book by the authorReading Roseheart was like pulling on that old comfortable sweatshirt that you never uite want to toss out Maybe it was the familiarity of the 80 s and 90 s era in which the book was set or the Minneapolis Minnesota setting but I felt as if I were reading about an alternate path my life could have takenI think I ll
Read It A Secondit a second though this time with an eye towards identifying the motivation of the main character Valerie because that was the one thing I missed the first time through Like a teacher who critiued Valerie s novel Hogwash it s entertaining but that she isn t sure what my main character s motivation is Roseheart Catherine DehdashtiReview from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre Women s Fiction LiteratureFiction AdultI m a bit on the fence with this read I Let Go didn t really feelrawn in to the book feel the characters. A story about family set in the 1990s and told through the sardonic voice of Valerie Kjos She's a young Midwestern Gen X'er whose life is just barely coming together with her boyfriend when his Iranian mother Goli comes for a visit that seems to never endVa. ,
And situations were real I felt Valerie and Naveed were together as much for convenience that for love I just Chatsfields Ultimate Acquisition didn t feel that pull between them that tension and edginess that sparks in a new relationship and somehow they just seemed torift into living together I Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward (Hh did like theescriptions of recipes and Iranian culture and they way that East and West mix with some unintentional Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward difficulties caused by lack of cultural understanding When Naveed s mother comes on an open ended stay that was interesting seeing how Valerie tries to make her welcome but at the same time wonders when she s going then gradually Goli becomes part of the family in that she just becomes part of their everyday life and not the visitor she first was Overall though it was a story I could pick up and putown easily one I enjoyed but wouldn t re read Stars Three a one off read for meARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers 355 My favourite element of this book was the infusion of multiple cultures as being a Muslim in a Western country it was something I could understand firsthand It s ifficult to find a book like this that is so open to iversity and exploring ifferent cultures Also the on family was realistic and made me remember how valuable and important family
is and how Rating 4 of 5 good weekend read great for bookclubYou can usually tell if youand how Rating 4 of 5 starsA good weekend read great for bookclubYou can usually tell if you going to like a book from the first page A pretty cover is all good and well and a thought provoking poem might tilt you one way or the other but that opening page is where you shake hands with a book and ecide if you re going to stick around for a Act Like You Know drink or make up some kind of excuse and leave that is unless you re reading Ayn Rand or EL James in which case you must immediately run screaming from the roomThe book sidles up to you and gives you a winning smile and it s best come on line Sometimes it eases gently into it with a little bit of scene setting but somewhere on that first page you will see it The twinkle in its eye theimple in its cheek The line that makes you stick around and readFor me it was the rhythm alliteration imagery and the sense that the author enjoyed writing as much as I am enjoying reading this sentencebut even at a crawl I lose and regain control over and
"Over Rejoicing Every Time "rejoicing every time narrowly escape hitting a punk rock pedestrian as I skate my way through UptownI received this for review via NetGalley and before reading it I was excited to learn about modern Persian cultureThe novel is set in the 90s in Dinkytown a small Minnesotan town in the middle of nowhere where the protagonist works in a kebab shop It tracks her blossoming relationship with Naveed which is thrown Lerie will have to A Guide to Americas Sex Laws decide what's importantoing everything her own way or her beloved Naveed and his live in mother who might not approve if she knew everything about her But as she's about to learn Goli has secrets of her ownRoseheart has been compared .