**We were gifted a copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own**
Like millions of other Bake Off fans I was glued to the TV back in 2015 praying that Nadiya Hussain would be crowned winner and get to lift the coveted glass plate/trophy, Since then I have watched her plenty of times on TV and flicked through her cookbooks in the shop, however I was completely unaware she had written fiction books too. That was until HQ contacted me to ask if I’d like to take part in the blog tour for her latest release The Hopes and Triumphs of the Amir Sisters, the next instalment in the Amir Sisters series. Needless to say I readily agreed and today I’m sharing my review of Nadiya’s book which celebrated it’s publication day yesterday. Thank you to Jess from HQ for sending me a copy to enjoy.
About The Book
Mae has watched as her three older sisters have gone through the process of finding their place in the world and faced the challenges of parenthood head on. Now ready to spread her wings beyond her close-knit family, Mae is ready to take the world by storm.
But a series of events will shake the strong self-belief Mae has always had in herself and will leave her questioning where it is she really fits in.
The Amir sisters will need to draw on all the love they have for each other, if they are going to navigate the challenges life has to throw at them and help Mae along the path to self-discovery.
Mae has had a tough year. Having left the family fold to brave University she soon realised she was a fish out of water without the support of her family to lean on. Alone and friendless she has limped along until the end of the year appeared over the horizon before deciding to give it one last go at putting herself out there and living her Uni life to the full.
Unfortunately things don’t go as planned, kick starting a series of upsetting and traumatic events that see the end of her first year collapsing around her ears. Hurt and humiliated Mae retreats to the safety of her family home where she knows that with her siblings support she can get through anything. But things have changed since she moved out, life has moved on and Mae feels cast out, unable to slot back into her comfortable ‘little sister’ slot.
Unable to discuss her problems with her family, Mae needs to do some real soul searching to find out who she is, what she wants and where things went wrong, but will a romantic interlude help or hinder her journey?
This book is a heartwarming easy read filled with interesting, engaging characters that flows with perfect ease. I finished it in a couple of sittings unable to put it down! Initially I thought this would novel would play out like your run of the mill Romance/Women’s Fiction genre books, full of fluff and happily ever after, but Nadiya’s story has so much more substance. She has perfectly blended the Bengali Muslim culture with modern day issues including online trolling and date rape, giving a realistic overview of the issues facing young people of every background.
It’s obvious she has drawn on her own family culture and dynamics whilst writing these characters which I feel made them much more realistic and interesting. I felt the Muslim faith and cultural expectations were represented really well in this novel and I really enjoyed reading about them alongside the family dynamics.
Although this is the third book in a series following the Amir sisters it is the first I have read and I had no problem following the story. I feel that significant events in their timeline are covered sufficiently to allow me to read without confusion. Having said that I have already added the previous books to my TBR list as I have fallen in love with both the characters and Nadiya’s writing style.
The Hopes and Triumphs of the Amir Sisters is a coming of age story of family, friendship, loyalty, self discovery and love that had me reeled in from the very first page. I loved every second of my reading experience and I’d highly recommend.
*TRIGGER WARNING: Online Trolling & Date Rape
About The Author
Over million people tuned in to see Nadiya win ‘s Great British Bake Off. Since then she has captured the heart ofg the nation. A columnist for The Times and Essentials, Nadiya is also a regular reporter for The One Show and presented a two part series, The Chronicles of Nadiya on BBC One. She is the author of Nadiya’s Kitchen, Bake Me a Story and has been named on of the top five most influential Asians in the UK.