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Old 09-27-11, 11:58 PM
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I know the books I like are often not to everybody's taste (and vice-versa --cough-- ROMANCE), but I'm reading one now that I think has something for all of our regular readers. I'm kind of kicking myself for not knowing before I started that this book is a sequel, but it stands alone very well. Given the appealing nature of the main character and the good writing, I'm sure the first book is also good.

The book I'm reading is called Dreaming in English by Laura Fitzgerald, and the first book is Veil of Roses. Definitely a set of stories in the happily-ever-after romantic comedy genre. And for those of you who know how critical I can be, you know the writer has to be good for me to be able to go with this genre.

I'm posting the review from the first book so as not to give away any spoilers in the second.

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Fitzgerald's unique take on the increasingly popular immigrant saga juxtaposes an introspective look into the repressive lifestyle experienced by Tamila Soroush, 27, in Iran with the nearly unreal freedom she finds while in Tucson on a three-month visa. Sent by her parents in the hope that she can "wake up her luck" and stay in America like her older sister, Tami has three months to find a husband and avoid returning to Iran. One of the Iranian suitors her sister and brother-in-law have lined up turns out to be obsessive-compulsive; the second is a gay control freak. Beyond these awkward matchmaking scenes, Tami forges her own strong friendships with the students in her ESL class, including Nadia, a Russian refugee abused by her bigoted husband, and the outrageously provocative Eva, who introduces Tami to country line dancing. Tami also captures the heart of Ike, a Starbucks server who encourages her pursuit of photography and sends her flowers, despite her sister's objections. A fun, romantic, and thought-provoking debut novel from a promising author. Deborah Donovan
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Old 09-28-11, 12:47 PM
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Sounds good! I'm like you and hate romance books or anything too predictable!
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