A Silent Prayer: A Prayer Series I by Samreen Ahsan

A Silent Prayer: A Prayer Series I

bySamreen Ahsan

Kobo ebook | February 11, 2014

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Adam Gibson is a young and powerful Toronto billionaire. Despite his many blessings, he is an atheist, though he has an altruistic soul. He denies there is a God—until he meets a beautiful stranger in a place that does not exist for anyone but him. Rania Ahmed strongly believes in God, but has lost hope she will ever find her soul mate. Endowed with hypnotic beauty and cursed by a brutal past, Rania has no idea she has cast a spell on Adam, who has never received more from a woman than physical pleasure. As Adam slowly discovers the true meaning of love from Rania, he begins to face his demons and reconsider his beliefs. He learns to love, forgive and repent. But as Adam grows closer to Rania, a series of strange, unexplained events threatens to drive them apart. To keep her from being destroyed by her past, he must persuade her to trust him with her deepest secrets. In this captivating and thrilling romance, an atheist embarks on a path of enlightenment with a tormented soul who may just have the power to change everything he has ever believed to be true.
Title:A Silent Prayer: A Prayer Series IFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 11, 2014Publisher:IuniverseLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fully earned all its awards A Silent Prayer has won first prizes at book fairs in Los Angeles, Hollywood and Paris, first prize in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, and an Honourable Mention at the New York Book Festival. Deservedly so. I know I am not the target audience for this book, but like all great novels, it has a universal appeal. The story I know from the author’s statements on social media that she hated the bestseller, 50 Shades of Grey. I did, too. And reading A Silent Prayer, I got the distinct feeling that Ahsan thought “Let’s try that thing again.” So, like so many books out there, it has a similar premise: a very rich man who has determined never to get emotionally involved with his sexual conquests falls head over heels in love, almost against his will. But that’s where the similarity ends. First, Ahsan is a talented writer with a competent, smooth style. She knows how to draw a reader into the story. The characters are sympathetic and believable. Adam Gibson is a real estate developer in Toronto, and he’s close to 40 years old. Like Christian Gray, he has an emotional trauma in his past that prevents him from getting emotionally involved with the women he beds. And Rania Ahmed is as different from Anastasia Steel as could be imagined. She’s smart, professional, religious and independent. She also has some kind of trauma in her past, a trauma that the author slowly unveils through the story. Then the author has added a mystical, supernatural thread to the story. It picks up in the first chapter, when Adam Gibson finds a staircase leading to a roof access in a building he renovated—and that he does not remember being there before. This is a classic magical element: the mysterious portal. He follows “magical-sounding” music to another building’s rooftop, opens another door to a spiral passage that leads downward, where a beautiful girl is dancing. “For the first time in my life, I feel my soul is pulling me … toward her.” He follows her in a scene that reads like a dream. When he finally touches her, they look at each other briefly, and then the spell breaks. The music ends, the woman walks away, and even the spiral passage vanishes. Of course, the woman has an uncanny physical resemblance to the heroine of the story, Rania. Next is the chance encounter between her and Adam, which leads to their inevitable mutual attraction. But that’s the extent of the love story tropes. Adam and Rania are unique, sympathetic and believable. SamreenNewAhsan gives their love story a series of obstacles, but a love as powerful and inevitable as gravity pulls them together. What I liked believable characters writing style professional production values Drawbacks The only drawback is that A Silent Prayer does not answer all the questions it raises. It has a beginning, middle and end that tell a complete story—except for resolving the magical element. Was it really Rania that Adam saw dancing in Chapter 1? What is the cause of her nightmares? What is the mystical, shadowy presence in her life? To find those answers, you have to read the sequel, A Prayer Heeded. I understand that. I’ve done the same thing with my latest book, Army of Worn Soles. But I have to admit, it’s a little frustrating. Still, I will read the sequel and I promise not to take so long to review it.
Date published: 2015-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful love story, part 1 of a series I was given a free ebook copy of 'A Silent Prayer' by Samreen Ahsan in exchange for an honest review. Adam Gibson is Toronto's most eligible bachelor. He is rich, young, sexy, and a notorious womanizer. He sees Rania walking outside his office building, and is absolutely smitten. But Rania is different from all of the other women he has been with. She is not interested in any type of relationship, and her strong beliefs forbid her to have relations with any man other than her husband. She is modest and very spiritual. As she and Adam develop a friendship based on trust, they fall in love. There is a darkness to Rania however, that she is afraid to reveal to Adam. The story ends in a cliffhanger, to be continued in book 2. It is so refreshing to read a love story where people remain true to their personal boundaries. There is still magnetism and attraction, the story is still steamy even though there is no sex. This is an amazing love story about two people from different spiritual and cultural backgrounds growing together. There are many spiritual/paranormal events that are left unexplained at the end of the story, presumably to be explained in book 2. Once I started reading this book, I truly had a hard time putting it down. I will definitely be reading book 2. My only criticism is that the story ended in a cliffhanger. I enjoy books that are able to stand on their own and am not a huge fan of the 'to be continued' endings that seem popular right now. I understand why authors do it, it is just frustrating as a reader to have to wait to get your hands on book 2 to see what happens, especially if you are as engrossed in Book 1 as I was with this story.
Date published: 2014-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A quick, intense read I received an ebook copy of A Silent Prayer from the author after losing a Goodreads giveaway. It was very kind of her, however, the opinions expressed are completely mine. This book is about two completely opposite people working to connect. He is a handsome billionaire who bumps into a woman and falls for her instantly. She is a Lebanese Muslim (devout, dresses modestly, but wears no head scarf) and she is (of course) beautiful. He starts stalking her and other than a few admonitions about digging into her past, it does not really seem to bother her. As the book goes along, we see them getting to know each other. There is no sex between the two, not, I feel, because of her religion, but it?s more about her father?s reputation and secrets she has from her past. She freezes every time he gets passionate, or even tries to kiss her, but they do, however, spend every night in bed together. He is the jealous type ? extremely jealous, and does not want her out of his sight ? especially if there is another male around. She wants to be independent even so far as to not let him pay for anything including her dinners. They often end up arguing and making a scene. They both do seem to grow somewhat as the book goes on. The book is written from each of their points of view, alternating chapters, and at the beginning of each chapter, the author gives us clear indications of whose point of view we are getting. I really appreciate that. I dislike it when I get lost for a few sentences while trying to figure out whose voice I am reading each time the point of view changes. I enjoyed the book. It was a fairly quick read, yet very intense. But, I have to say I had a few problems with it. First, I felt the ending was extremely abrupt and it left me feeling frustrated. I think the author wanted a cliff hanger to lead into the next book, but I wanted to at least know how the scene ended. Then, his extreme jealousy is frightening, yet it doesn?t bother her. If this was a real couple, I would really be frightened for her. Maybe in the next book?. Something that really bothered me, but others may like it, is that the author has these two people (as well as some of the other characters) wink at each other constantly and very often mischievously. It happened so often (it felt like almost every page, or at least every other one) it became a distraction and then kind of like fingernails on a chalkboard after a while. There are many other ways to get the same feeling such as, ?the teasing glint in her eyes?, or ?there was an impish look to the smile he gave her?, etc. Overall, I honestly did like the book. I think, for me, changing some of these things would have gone a long way towards making this book even better. Thanks to the author for giving me the opportunity to read her book.
Date published: 2014-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Once you start, you won't want to stop this series I was skeptical of the book as I started reading it and almost wanted to stop reading after the first few pages. However, I continued on and I am very glad I did. By page 30 I was hooked by the two main characters and how their relationship developed on the basis of trust and companionship rather than lust. Not to say that there is no attraction between the two but rather respect for ones personal boundaries. There is a religious This book is not like a lot of other series I have read where you can read each book as it's own story and has a distinct ending to the book. The book needs to be read as a series. The end leaves you hanging and looking for book 2 so you can continue on their journey as you know it cannot be complete yet. It almost requires a "to be continued" added to the last page because of how it end leaving you hanging in the middle of an important situation. I look forward to continuing this series and will be recommending it to all the avid readers I know.
Date published: 2014-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Silent Prayer by Samreen Ahmed.. As i start reading " a silent prayer" i wonder if the book would be able hold me to it, as that hasn't happened for a long, long time!  When i get to the part about Adam's imagination and the dancing girl i feel i am already glued to this book! every word from then on that Adam used to describe Rania or how he feels, is exactly what i experienced while reading the book. For me the book has magical realism in it too as for me i can only wish for a story like this in reality, one can imagine it too but may never hear of it for real... Also books make me impatient when im addicted to them. but this book had a much deeper effect on me. when the writer wove her story and made Adam patient , i became patient too. what surprised me is that i enjoyed my curiosity rather than wishing it would end. this quality of this beautiful story makes the reader connect all the dots even when he knows he's still in the dark. The book itself is an enchantress rather than Rania. The characters are so well defined in emotion as well as their position that ones is compelled to believe they exist.  there are few books that one feels lucky to have read, lucky to have experienced. For me this definitely that book. 
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A silent prayer A slient prayer is one of most exciting stories about love, care and intimacy. It's mystery, romance, suspense all combined. It starts casually but gets more and more exciting and mysterious. One of the unique things about the book is that the chapters have been written in a way in which u get to read from the perception of both the main characters. You get to read inside both their minds which is truly a different experience.I like the way they so easily discuss religious beliefs with eachother, and how rania patiently explains things to adam giving him all the space to absorb things rather than being aggressive about the matter, and the impact which rania leaves on adam's mind each time she explains him about the existence of God is rare. Plus i really love the title rania has given adam secretly in her heart i.e. "the forbidden fruit". Im simply in love with adam's character. I love the fact that adam starts to believe in the existence of God not beacuse of money power or fame but because he found a true partner in his life. Its really great the way they both are trying to help the other to get rid of his/her demons. The expressions used in the book are amazing! They actually make u feel the intensity with which adam regards rania and also feel the fears rania experiences throughout the book. The book has been wrapped up amazingly. It leaves you craving to know the rest of the story and i think thats how a good book is supposed to make you feel!
Date published: 2013-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Very Good Read Decent characterization to visualize both the protagonists and details surrounding them. Chapters written from male and female POVs kept the interest and didn't let the story fall away. Adam and Rania's chemistry seems to be going beyond expectations and anxiously waiting for 'what will happen next'. Mystery behind Rania and paranormal activities kept me guessing and I was proved wrong at many occasions. Keep up the good work and bring your next volume in market soon.
Date published: 2013-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Very Good Read Decent characterization to visualize both the protagonists and details surrounding them. Chapters written from male and female POVs kept the interest and didn't let the story fall away. Adam and Rania's chemistry seems to be going beyond expectations and anxiously waiting for 'what will happen next'. Mystery behind Rania and paranormal activities kept me guessing and I was proved wrong at many occasions. Keep up the good work and bring your next volume in market soon.
Date published: 2013-12-18