Ayesha At Last: A Novel by Uzma JalaluddinAyesha At Last: A Novel by Uzma Jalaluddin

Ayesha At Last: A Novel

byUzma Jalaluddin

Paperback | June 12, 2018

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Pride and Prejudice with a modern twist <_u53a_p>

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AYESHA SHAMSI has a lot going on.  Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century. <_u53a_p>

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When a surprise engagement between Khalid and Hafsa is announced, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and his family; and the truth she realizes about herself. But Khalid is also wrestling with what he believes and what he wants. And he just can’t get this beautiful, outspoken woman out of his mind. <_u53a_p>

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Title:Ayesha At Last: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:June 12, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443455849

ISBN - 13:9781443455848

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Diverse Rom Com: Great summer YA read ​Trade paperback, 336 pages. $22.99 (before discount). Book provided by publisher in exchange for review. Young teacher, Ayesha Shamsi is putting aside her dream of being a poet in favour of something more practical that will allow her to pay off family debts, and follow a more socially acceptable path. Although Ayesha doesn't want a traditional arranged marriage her closest friend, Clare is trying to set her up with Khalid, a colleague from her workplace. However, the first meeting at an "open mike" session at a local lounge does not go well. Ayesha thinks Khalid is too conservative and judgemental while he thinks she doesn't not make appropriate choices for a "good Muslim girl." The situation becomes more complex when Ayesha is coerced into impersonating her cousin Hafsa while organizing a fundraising event at their local mosque, only to find out that Khalid is on the same committee. In the tradition of Austen and Shakepeare with mistaken identities, hidden family secrets, assumptions and misunderstandings abound and are all resolved happily in the end.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pride & Prejudice update with a muslim twist I managed to snag a preview copy of this book and am so happy I did. I've long loved Pride and Prejudice and while this novel's plot owes much to the original, down to letters and proposals, the characters are new and refreshing and give insight into our Canadian muslim youth in a fun way. If you are looking for a light, entertaining read with characters you will love and cheer for, pick this one up.
Date published: 2018-06-03

Editorial Reviews

“How to make the world a better place? Read Uzma Jalaluddin’s Ayesha At Last --a cross-cultural pleasure, a romp, a modern, Muslim sly salute to Pride and Prejudice. The lovely, witty writing is testimony to an excellent eye and ear at work.”