The Prayer Rug
Author: H M Hymas
Publishing date: 11 June 2016
This book was fantastic. It was brilliant to read a book where the focus was on the Islam people suffering due to the war. I hear so much on the media from the European/American point of view that it is easy to live with my head in the sand. Not so when you read this book. It would be heartless to walk away from this novel without compassion for the characters. I would go as far to say it is a must read one that should be put on every historical novel readers list.
Reem lived through more than any wife or mother should have to. She was a woman of strength and determination that puts wow into humanity. Her daughter was sweet and beautiful. Her husband did the best he could to be the man of the family. Her son is a boy wanting to be a man. All the normal senarios of any book. But beyond normal are all the spoilers that I just can't write a good review without.
Do pick this book up and read it when you come across it. I am sure you will enjoy it and keep turning the pages as I did.
Thank you Netgalley for enabling me to read this book pre-publication. I will be letting my bookstores and libraries know about this one.
Powerfully emotional, The Prayer Rug is a story of strength, faith and resilience. Reem, a wife and mother of two, is caught in Iraq after the invasion of US Forces. What began as a future full of hope slowly begins to unravel before her eyes. As the original effort to remove a tyrannical dictator degrades into civil war, it engulfs everyone and everything around her. Everything she loves is slowly taken from her as she watches forces beyond her control destroy her family. Helpless, she clings to her prayer rug in an effort to find strength and peace.
This is available from Amazon on 9 June 2016