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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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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.
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."
Many times when a book I really love ends with a cliffhanger, I find myself hanging onto those last few words and images in hopes that the sequel will be written soon after so that I won’t forget all of its excitement and the feelings the writer has evoked. I worry, too, that with all the anticipation and expectation leading up to the sequel, in the end, it will fall short and leave me disappointed with the series.
This was DEFINITELY not the case with Zack Love’s sequel to “The Syrian Virgin” called “Anissa’s Redemption.” In fact, it was so much better than I ever imagined it would be and it did NOT disappoint!
In “Anissa’s Redemption”, I loved how (seemingly) effortless it was for Zack to pick up where he ended in “The Syrian Virgin” and how from the very beginning, the plot and all his characters continued to evolve and develop throughout. Zack’s intelligent writing and extensive research also continued to paint an accurate and compelling portrayal of the religious struggles caused by Syrian Civil War. But what I loved most about “Anissa’s Redemption was his brilliant ability to peel away more and more of Anissa, Michael and Julien’s "layers" to reveal their true selves and their darkest secrets before the readers’ eyes and not only make them appear more human, but more endearing as well.
In writing "Anissa’s Redemption", Zack created an exciting and quite an emotional roller coaster ride and with every twist and turn of events, he takes his readers through many surprising developments and defining moments!
Definitely a must read!
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