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.
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.
I’ve always thought to myself jeez I live in Canada, I’m a Canadian citizen, why have I read SO LITTLE of Canadian fiction? So I set it as a goal, to read more Canadian authors that is. I’m so glad I had the chance to read Ayesha At Last! I may have accidentally missed this book had it not been for Harper Collins and I am seriously just fawning over it.
A modern Pride and Prejudice retelling with a twist! That’s exactly what this book is. I learned so much about indian culture and by the end of it I was starving because I had to look up every food they mentioned. Someone teach me how to cook Indian dishes! Any volunteers?
This was so cute and full of mischief… it would make such a great chick flick! I loved the characters and all the lessons they learned. Definitely pick this one up to read this summer/fall!
**Thank you Harper Collins Canada for sending me a copy for an honest review.**