The powerful appeal of funds turns tragic for everybody involved, and his family realizes that happiness is not something money can buy. They soon struggle with the murder of a family member that further crushes the young man's dreams for a happy ending. Not able to emotionally recover from it, a final blow imprisons him for life.
Reviewed by: Sandra L.
Rating: 3 stars
Review: What if you were forced to marry someone you didn’t know? Born in Peru, Elena Martina weaves an intriguing tale of a culture bound by archaic practices and traditions.
“Hassan felt his life and freedom had ended and fought tears.” (15) This is how it all starts out for our main character, Hassan. He doesn’t want to marry a stranger; instead, he wants to get to know this other girl that he noticed in his daily whereabouts.
What shocked me most was that he was going to marry a 14-year old girl, who still called her mother “mommy.”
Although I felt sorry for Hassan for being forced into this wedlock, my feelings toward him changed as I read on, especially right after he stated, “I would never hit a woman, unless she deserved it.” (23) That just blew Hassan out of the water for “great guy;” then he graduated to “cocky and selfish bastard” with his involvement with Seline (his manipulative, mystery girl) and his neglect for his younger siblings. He definitely didn’t deserve a nice, sweet girl like Aqquela, his arranged bride.
It was frightening to learn how women get treated in third world countries. Ali, Hassan’s father, was mean and scary; I didn’t like him at all.
The book had a colorful mix of greed, drama, deceit, and betrayal. Some scenes made me sad while others just had me confused. How could Aqquela’s family be so blind to the troubles concerning Ali, Hassan, and the rest of the clan?
Executed in a passive style, the writing was brief and contained a fair level of dialogue; it almost read like a summary. There was also a little too much back-and-forth between the characters’ points-of-view. We would constantly switch from one character to another within the same paragraph. Still, a magnitude of potential existed between the pages of this unique tale.
What I liked best about this story was that even though you really couldn’t help despising many of these characters, you still couldn’t wait to find out how it would all end for them.