Mae has watched as her three older sisters have gone through the process of finding their place in the world and faced the challenges of parenthood head on. Now ready to spread her wings beyond her close-knit family, Mae is ready to take the world by storm.
But a series of events will shake the strong self-belief Mae has always had in herself and will leave her questioning where it is she really fits in.
The Amir sisters will need to draw on all the love they have for each other, if they are going to navigate the challenges life has to throw at them and help Mae along the path to self-discovery.
This is not the usual genre I read, but every now and then I do like something other than a thriller. I have to say this is such a charming tale of family and love.
Mae is 19 and in her first year at uni, she’s lonely and feeling a bit lost. She has a really bad day and heads for a bar….now this girl doesn’t touch alcohol normally, but ends up just a bit worse for wear and a guy tries to take advantage of her. She is rescued and taken home by Ji Su…..
Mae and Ji Su become close friends, but one night a shared kiss changes things. They stop speaking and then Mae fails her first year and heads home.
Here, family chaos with babies and sisters, she feels invisible.
She gets a summer job and meets a lovely, kind man, Abdul-Raheem….a possible relationship her family would just not understand or accept.
Will Mae make the right decision for herself?
A beautifully written tale of family, sexuality, faith, acceptance and growing up.. A funny, warm hug of a read. I loved every minute.
Thank you to Jess at HQ for the opportunity to read this lovely book for free. This is my honest and unbiased review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nadiya Hussain is a British baker, columnist, author and television presenter. The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters was her debut novel.
Hussain was born to a British Bangladeshi family in Luton, where she grew up. She developed her interest in cooking while at school and largely self-educated herself in cooking by reading recipe books and watching instructional videos on YouTube. She married and moved to Leeds, where she began studying for an Open University degree. In 2015 she appeared on the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off and won the contest. She was subsequently invited to produce a cake for the 90th birthday celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II and to present her own BBC documentary, The Chronicles of Nadiya.
Hussain is a columnist for The Times Magazine and Essentials magazine, has signed publishing deals with Penguin Random House, Hodder Children’s Books, and Harlequin. She is also a regular reporter for The One Show and a guest panellist on Loose Women. Hussain was named by Debrett’s as one of the 500 most influential people in the UK in 2016. Hussain was on BBC News’ 100 Women list in 2016(courtesy of Goodreads)