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Anissa's Redemption: A Young Woman's Saga from War in Syria to Love in NY Continues (The Syrian Virgin) (Volume 2) Paperback – June 4, 2015
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This book is the second book in the series and has a short re telling of "The Syrian Virgin" and can be read as a stand alone, but trust me you don't want to do that. Please also read "The Syrian Virgin" you will get a better experience of this amazing story if you do :D
Let me just tell you that I LOVED this continuation of the story. It picks right back up where the first book left off. I don't want to reveal to much for those who haven't read the first book. But in this second book you get to see more of Julien's background and what has been haunting him all this time. It was shocking I wasn't expecting all that he was hiding. Kudos to Zack Love for his incredible writing he had me from the beginning.
If you want more of an idea what this story is about read my Review of "The Syrian Virgin" https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1179631989 as this is a continuation of the story, but its a must read you get so much more of the story and a nice wrap up to this series.
This is not just a story about the struggles of a Syrian Christian refugee it is so much more it's about healing, trust, and love.
"In a dark world, love is all that illuminates the path forward."
This quote was in both books so I feel like sharing it.
When a bleeding man comes to the hospital, I ask which wounds to suture - not what God he prays to, or whose war he fights. And when a pregnant woman arrives, I ask whether a natural birth or a C-section is preferable, not who her prophet is"
"I am a Christian. And as a doctor, I heal everyone. And nothing you can do will change that."
It starts where book one ended. Anissa is not sure where she stands with Julien, her professor or with Michael, her Christian Hero and sometimes boyfriend. She is drawn to both men for different reasons. She also needs to concentrate on her academics and working along side Michael in his efforts to help the Christians in the Middle East which includes her family. To say she has a lot going on is an understatement.
Julien is now looking at his life more closely. He has been working with his therapist, Lily but needs to dig deeper if he wants a future with Anissa. He wants to continue their friendship and ultimately move forward with her. She intrigues him. She is very passionate with her efforts to support her cause and he can talk to her more freely then anyone else but there are still things hidden underneath the surface that he is afraid will tear them apart. He wants her to trust him with her past demons but can he trust her with his?
And then there is Michael. He is very passionate about bringing attention to the issues in the Middle East and goes there often to work in any way he can and with the donations that Julien had sent, he is able to do more including helping Anissa's family. She is very grateful to him but is that enough to keep a relationship going?
Julien and Anissa do get closer in this book and it awesome to see the developments in their relationship but it is not always easy for them. It really comes down to trust. I will say that there are some sexy times between these two but that is not the most meaningful part of there story. I will also say that there is no cheating! She is torn between the two in her mind but not in her body. She is upfront with both men. Who will win her heart in the end?
I loved this story for many reasons. One, it is once again thought-provoking. Zack is brilliant when it comes to his writing and I can tell he is passionate about it and does his research. Two, it is a romance. The story is different than the others and I love different. Third, I have said it in other reviews...I am a Christian Armenian and I like that it is talked about in the book. You don't read about it much. I do not follow the news as much as I should and even I was hooked into the story about the politics and religious parts of the book. It was the perfect amount for me. There are more but lastly, it has seriousness it in but there is also some humor.
Overall...I loved it! The writing was awesome and hooked me in. I read it in one sitting and hoping for more to the series. I really enjoyed in both books that it was in Julien and Anissa's POVs in journal entries. There were also some twists that surprised me and I so love twists...
Our faces flush with desire, we embraced each other like two lost souls who had finally found one another after a lifetime of searching.
“When he’s fully healed and I can set him free, it won’t be easy to find a replacement.” I caressed her spine downward, and then around to her hip, where I rested my hand.
But it haunts me, and she will always want to know about it, just as you do, and my refusal to discuss it will drive a wedge between us.
There is a very detailed summary of The Syrian Virgin at the beginning of this book, but I would suggest reading Book One to get the full effect of this magnificent story. It will take you deeper into Anissa’s ordeal and make this second book more enjoyable. The subject is still difficult, but you will understand it better.
Zack Love throws us once again into Anissa’s life, where she continues to work towards the completion of her college studies while keeping her involvement with the MCA to help her family in Syria. She finds herself getting closer to Julien as they each struggle to keep their demons at bay, fighting to overcome those nightmares. When Michael returns from Syria, complications and trust issues arise, intensifying the love triangle.
Twists and turns which I definitely didn’t see coming kept me glued to my chair as I read to figure out what was happening. When Julien finally decides to reveal his sordid past to Anissa, that was one very intense moment where I found myself holding my breath. That was one unexpected shocker.
Anissa’s Redemption is beautifully written, with so much passion and emotion. The insight into the current terrors in Syria is done so well, weaving itself into the story so as to avoid being a documentary. Although so much history is put into this book, it is ultimately a love story where characters help each other overcome their fears. It shows how love can help us see the world with different eyes and still be able to see the horrors of the world and work at finding ways to fix them.
Do yourself a favor and pick up this book, and if you haven’t yet, read The Syrian Virgin as well. It is definitely one of my favorites of 2015.
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