Ranya is a modern-day princess—brought up behind the gilded walls of Saudi Arabian high society and winner of the dream husband sweepstakes . . . until said husband turns out to be more interested in Paolo, the interior-decorator-cum-underwear-model, than in his virginal new wife.
Smart, independent, but painfully shy, Zahra has managed to escape her impoverished Palestinian roots to carve out a life of comfort. But she can’t reveal her secrets to the man she adores or shake off the fear that she doesn’t deserve any of it. Neither can she stop herself from thinking that if she holds on to anything—or anyone—too dearly, they will be taken away in the blink of a kohl-lined eye.
Rio has risen above the slums of her native Honduras—not to mention the jeers of her none too supportive family—to become editor in chief of Suéltate magazine, the hottest Latina-targeted glossy in town, and this in spite of Georges Mallouk, her clueless boss, and in spite of Rio’s affair with Georges’ delicious but despicable younger brother, Joe.
In this city of fast cars, sleek clubs, and unapologetic superficiality, Ranya, Zahra, and Rio wrestle with the ties that bind them to their difficult pasts, each wondering if she will ever manage to cut loose.
I just started this book over weekend and like it so far. It's a quick, fun read. Nothing too heavy. It starts it London, and moves to Miami, so how the locales are good. And it's giving me a little background on what it's like to be a young Palestinian, Saudi Arabian, or South American, woman. Cultutres I don't read much about.
Sound interesting? Would you like to win a copy in time for beach season? I have one copy I'm giving away, courtesy of Nadine Dajani herself.
So here is the giveaway 411:
Deadline for entry is midnight, EST, Saturday, June 27, 2009.
Must be 18 years old to enter.
One entry for leaving a comment on this post with your email address.
An extra entry if you post about it on your blog. Just send me the link.
Open internationally, but no P.O. Boxes please.
Good luck everyone!
And for more information about this book and the suthor, stop by Nadine's website.