Saturday, 4 July 2015

Book Review: The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

Book Review The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

"In a little coffee shop in one of the most dangerous places on earth, five very different women come together."

 Before now I had no idea where Kabul was, I knew it was in the Middle East but wouldn't be able to point it out on a map to you! My mum kept bugging me to read this book, so after I finished the wonderful The Year Of Taking Chances by Lucy Diamond, I picked up this book.

To say it opened my mind to a different part of the world is another thing, but because it focused on five very different women in Kabul highlighted the differences and clashes of culture and religion.  

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul focuses on five characters:

  • Sunny, an American who wants to help keep her cafe and customers safe 
  • Yasmina, a young pregnant woman stolen from her village 
  • Isabel, an English journalist with a secret, 
  • Candance, a wealthy American who has fallen for an Afghan 
  • Halajan, a sixty-year-old month with a romantic secret.

The book flits perfectly between each character and captures the sights, sounds and smells of Kabul - more than short news report ever could. The way women are treated is almost another post's worth of debate and anger, but it's unbelieveable what is considered 'normal' there. From bombings, secret love affairs and a new start, it's a book that has it all.

I managed to finish this book in just over a week, and it's one of those books that you never want to end! As well as leaving you feeling like you've learnt something. I'd totally recommend The Little Coffee Shop in Kabul if you're looking for something out of the 'chic lit' and 'Harry Potter/Hunger Games/Game Of Thrones' brackets.

Have you read this book before? What do you think?

Rhiannon x

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