Review of Nothing but Love: Is this love worth fighting for?
By Zeneefa Zaneer
This story is a story that weaves through the lives of two people, Barakah (A.B.) and Amash. At times the story becomes a little confusing because it goes from one scenario to the other without transitionI had to go back into the previous chapter to make sure I didn’t miss a page. However, that didn’t keep me from reading the story.
It is amazing how the characters intertwine with each other throughout the story without them knowing about one another. At times the story lags because of a lot of internal dialogue that the characters have with themselves rather than with each other. The internal dialogue made me wish that they just spoke their feelings to one another.
However, it becomes clear why Zeneefa wrote the story this way. It shows how the Shaitan (the Devil) can and does whisper in people’s heart and guides them to make decisions which are detrimental to themselves.
I really loved reading the story because it’s set in Sri Lanka and I’ve not read anything from that area. Her descriptions of the forests and other surroundings made me feel as if I was there.
Her character development was spot on, she made you hate and love certain characters at certain times throughout the story. I laughed, cried, and was concerned for characters while reading the story. As the story ended, I did not want it to. It would be great if a sequel was written
I give the story 4 out of 5 stars, it is a must read.
Learn more about the author at Zeneefa Zaneer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow! That’s the first thing that comes to mind when thinking back to this book. Papatia truly makes one rethink how one classifies or treats other who are different. She addressed an issue that is very difficult and often dismissed within the Muslim community. What was it? You may ask. Homosexuality and genderism. I recommend this book for all to read regardless of ethnicity or religion.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This story intrigued me because oftentimes when women think of getting married, they think it will be the best day of their lives. However, when Sheyma found out she was getting married, she felt as if her life and freedom were gone forever. The story Papatia wove was an interesting one from Africa to North America. It is a very good read.
There was one sentence where the description of what the character was doing didn’t fit well with her natural description. When it was written, “My knuckles became white as my fingers gripped my hips.” This story describes Sheyma as a brown woman. No matter how hard one grips their hips, brown knuckles do not become white.
However, overall it was a great read and great story. I recommend it for anyone interested in how a woman may feel when she is forced to marry someone she neither knows or loves.