subtitle: A Young Woman's Journey From War in Syria to Love in New York
WARNING: This book is about a young woman's difficult journey: her escape from Syria's Civil War, her transition to a new a country, and the relationships that she forms along the way, including her romantic interests in two very different men. The story is set against the backdrop of the Syrian Civil War and makes reference to violent acts, sometimes in detail. There is some occasional profanity and a few scenes that depict sexual intimacy. Accordingly, the recommended minimum age for readers is 16. The novel might be compared to books like "The Diary of Anne Frank" or "The Kite Runner."
Title: The Syrian Virgin
Author: Zack Love
Genre: Political Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Pink Ink Designs by Cassy Roop
Release Date: November 10th 2014
Anissa is traumatized by the most brutal conflict of the 21st Century: the Syrian Civil War. In 2012, Islamists in Homs terrorize her Christian community and destroy everything in her life. Narrowly escaping death, Anissa restarts her devastated life as a college student in NY. She is bewildered and lost -- a virgin in every sense.
But despite her inexperience with men and life in the United States, Anissa is quickly drawn to two powerful individuals: Michael, the Syrian-Christian American who leads the political effort to protect his community, and Julien, her college professor who runs a $20 billion hedge fund. Complicating matters, Michael is still attached to his ex-girlfriend and Julien is the most sought after bachelor in Manhattan. Anissa's heart and her communal ties pull her in different directions, as she seeks hope and renewal in a dark world.
LIFE shattered her. LOVE empowered her.
Zack Love’s “The Syrian Virgin” begins as sort of a modern day take on “The Diary of Anne Frank.” If you are an empathetic person or perhaps want to know more about what’s going on in the Middle East, this book is for you. Anissa’s story is a powerful one and draws you into the tale. I know I learned a lot about Christianity in the Middle East that I did not know before. The version I read was still a little rough around the edges, but I’m sure those details will be worked out in future versions. My one small complaint – sometimes it feels like this author doesn’t get the nuances of what would go on inside the mind of a young woman (like Jack Nicholson’s character in “As Good As It Gets,” maybe he tried to think of a man and take away reason and accountability).
4 out of 5