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Review: Veil of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald

Title: Veil of Roses
Author: Laura Fitzgerald
Year Published: 2007

Genre: Adult romance
Pages: 309
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2015 Google Reading map)USA (AZ)

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review

Summary (from the back of the book):
 Tamila Soroush wanted it all. but in the Islamic Republic of Iran, dreams are a dangerous thing for a girl. Tami abandons them...until her twenty-seventh birthday, when her parents give her a one-way ticket to America, hoping she will "go and wake up her luck." If they have their way, Tami will never return to Iran...which means she has three months to find a husband in America. Three months before she is sent back for good.

From her first Victoria's Secret bra to her first ride on a motor scooter to her first country line-dance, Tami drinks in the freedom of an American girl. Inspired to pursue her passion for photography, she even captures her adventures on film But looming over her is the fact that she must concede to an arranged marriage before her visa expires. To complicate matters, her friendship with Ike, a young American man, has grown stronger. And it is becoming harder for Tami to ignore the forbidden feelings she has for him.

Review: Another book off my TBR shelf that has been sitting there forever! Why did I wait so long to read this one?! It was exactly the right book for my mood and I loved every page of it. Although it is an adult book, it reads a bit like YA in its lightness and because it is such a quick read.

I really liked the main character, Tami, who is smart, funny, caring, and really wants to be "free." She sees America as holding and offering freedom, but when she arrives, realizes that while women can dress the way they want and men and women can hang out together without fear of reprisal, it doesn't mean everything is perfect and easy. There are funny moments where she is figuring out the American system, learning American slang in English class, and there are also poignant moments when she misses her family and her culture. It's a nice blend.

Tami's English class is fantastic. There she meets a wonderful cast of characters from Russia, Peru, the Czech Republic, and Poland, all of whom bring different immigrant experiences to the story. They also bond in a way that people do with a shared experience; they become each other's support in more ways than they expect.

I think this book would make a great romantic comedy movie!

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