- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 4765.0 KB
- Print Length: 66 pages
- Publisher: Mischief Corner Books, LLC; 1 edition (29 Nov. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07767LJM2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #806,778 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Watermelon Kisses: A Holiday to Remember Kindle Edition
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In recent years, I have seen holiday stories expand themselves to include other celebrations other than American Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year, which is not only a great nod to diversity, but you get to learn about other traditions and practices. It can keep the stories a bit fresh too since there can be a different cultural perspective as well.
Such is the case for Watermelon Kisses, where Amir and Esmail have been adapting to life in Chicago, which means adapting to weather changes, culture changes, the fact they can be married rather than outcast or outlawed. Unfortunately, with how they left Iran, they have lost contact with their families, but the possibility they would be ostracized due to them being together is just as likely if they were able to contact them. It has not been easy, particularly for Amir, who is still very much impacted by his last experiences from his home country, but for Shab-e Yalda, he wants to surprise his husband, even when it means going outside his comfort zone.
I liked Amir immediately, you can see why Catherine is so willing to help him and why she is so touched with his thank you. He is one of those characters that you really want to have happiness. His husband, Esmail, simply loves Amir and is just happy they are together. He is quite pleased with the surprise celebration Amir has set up for him, and they revisit early memories of how they got together – and you find out where the title comes from.
If you like holiday stories where you get to learn about traditions other than your own, with characters beginning again after some extreme challenges, you will likely enjoy this story. The author even provided an explanation of what Shab-e Yalda is, traditions that are part of it and the foods for the celebration. A beautiful and heartwarming holiday love story.
Here is a quote from the book, “Is that all?” She asked after putting the rib roast in the trolly. Amir checked over contents and gave a nod. “Thank you.” “I hope your, um, surprise goes off without a hitch.” Catherine grabbed the front of the cart and began moving toward checkout. Amir held on for the walk. “This looks like a special meal.” “Yes.” It was, most especially because of what it meant to Amir.”. There is more but you will need to read the book which I can recommend. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.
I was given an ARC to review by the author.
Beautifully written, you empathize with Amir and you’re so glad that he and Esmail are able to love each other. They are wonderful characters.
I loved that the author gives a short history of the holiday and includes some of the recipes made in this story.