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Monday, June 20, 2016

A Love That Disturbs by Medeia Sharif, Being Thankful

I'm pleased to say I've read a number of Medeia Sharif's books. Her stories have given me a glimpse into Muslim families and their lives. What I have discovered is that they are no more different than any other family. Families that are Christian, Jewish, or agnostic (put any label on family that you want) also battle alcoholism, drug addiction, peer pressure, or a host of other issues.

Medeia simply tells these stores from a Muslim point of view, a point of view that in this day and age is strongly needed and, by this reader, appreciated.

Now, in her latest novel, A LOVE THAT DISTURBS, she is tackling another difficult issue, one I am sure that has touched many families.

Evernight Teen, June 17, 2016
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Maysa Mazari is alarmed by her mother’s talk about arranged marriage. As a hijab-wearing Pakistani-American, she wants to find love on her own. Her judgmental Muslim clique has protected her from racist taunts, although the leader is turning on her as Maysa strays from the group because of her attraction to Haydee.

Haydee Gomez is a former gang member and juvenile detention student. Now living with a clean-cut aunt, she wants to turn her life around, even though one person will never let her forget her roots—Rafe, her abusive pimp. Haydee attempts to pull away from a life of prostitution when she develops feelings for Maysa, although Rafe isn’t willing to give her up too easily.

Finding themselves in danger from Maysa’s friends and Haydee’s pimp, it’s apparent their love disturbs everyone around them as they fight to stay together.

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Being Thankful

Today I'm thankful for
Our house doesn't face west, so we don't see too many. But occasionally we're out and about at the right time of day and get so see some pretty nice colors. I don't have any pictures of these expansive Texas sunsets, but I do have some from the Virgin Islands.
For your viewing enjoyment, here are a few.

What are you thankful for? Have you read any of Medeia's books? Do you have any on your TBR list? Sunsets or sunrises: do you have a preference? 


  1. So excited for Medeia. She's amazing. And love your beautiful pictures.

  2. Hi Bish - and definitely Medeia's book looks like a Reader - we all need to learn and understand. Fantastic sky - you saw ... cheers Hilary

  3. Congratulations to Medeia.
    That last shot is amazing. It looks like a tornado over the water.

  4. I love sunsets and sunrises. Thank you for participating in my blitz.

  5. Congratulations, Medeia! Your book sounds intense and intruiging.

    I love your sunset pictures. That last one really does look like a tornado.

  6. I love Medeia's books! And, WOW, what photos! Sunsets are definitely something to be thankful for :)

  7. The book sounds interesting - and I agree that the more we read about other cultures - the more we learn to understand each other. (Lovely sunsets too!)

    Susan at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  8. I can't make up my mind if I like sunrises or sunsets better. They are both so spectacular. These are gorgeous, Bish.

    I have Medeia's book on my Kindle, so I'll be reading it soon.

  9. Congrats to Medeia. I love those sunsets!

  10. What stunning sunsets! I love all the different colors!

    I have read some of Medeia's books and I have enjoyed them all. This sounds like a powerful read!

  11. My house is surrounded by tall trees, and I've never seen a full sunset or sunrise, or moon rise from here. Sometimes I drive places just to see it, but I'd love to just look out my window to an unobstructed view. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

  12. Beautiful, beautiful shots. Yay for Medeia! I'm grateful for a full night's sleep. Sunrise usually plays into that one, but insomnia, I tell you what!

  13. Woohoo for Medeia! Those are gorgeous sunsets. :) I'm grateful my son's in camp this week and I get a few hours a day to myself for writing.

  14. Amazing sunsets. I just got Media's book so am looking forward to it.


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