From Publishers Weekly
Mehran’s second novel (after Pomegranate Soup) resumes the story of three Iranian sisters making their lives anew in smalltown Ireland. Beautiful and creative Marjan Aminpour cares for her younger sisters, Bahar and Layla; together the three run Babylon Cafe, and few locals can resist its charms or the amiability of its proprietresses. Although Marjan rules the roost, her sisters have secrets of their own, and their growing independence forces Marjan to allow them their freedom and confront her own needs—especially after she meets handsome Julian Winthrop Muir. As Marjan gives her sisters more space, the suspicious and xenophobic local busybody Dervla Quigley remains determined to uncover whatever foul play the foreign women have up their sleeves. And when Marjan’s friend Estelle reveals that she has rescued and helped a drowning girl, Marjan becomes involved in a secret that soon has Dervla plotting their downfall. Gourmands will savor the foodie passages (recipes, of course, are included), while the sisters’ exploits will win over readers into lighter fare about making a new home and growing up.
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What I thought:
The book was a disappointment for me. The cover was misleading; I found it among the food books at the Exclusive Books sale. I expected it to have food stories, but the food seemed forced into the story; which is chick-lit, my least favourite genre.
The characters didn’t come alive for me and many aspects did not become clear as I hadn’t read Pomegranate Soup. The sub-plot of the rescued girl is implausible and the book ends with it clear that the author intends a sequel.
Following the book review style of Leeswammes’ blog:
Rating: 2/5 stars
I got this book: from Exclusive Books
I read this in: English
Number of pages: 325
First published: 2008