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Adam Gibson is a young and powerful Toronto millionaire. Despite his many blessings, he is an atheist, though he has an altruistic soul. He denies there is a God—until he meets a beautiful stranger in a place that does not exist for anyone but him.
Rania Ahmed strongly believes in God, but has lost hope she will ever find her soul mate. Endowed with hypnotic beauty and cursed by a brutal past, Rania has no idea she has cast a spell on Adam, who has never received more from a woman than physical pleasure. As Adam slowly discovers the true meaning of love from Rania, he begins to face his demons and reconsider his beliefs. He learns to love, forgive and repent. But as Adam grows closer to Rania, a series of strange, unexplained events threatens to drive them apart. To keep her from being destroyed by her past, he must persuade her to trust him with her deepest secrets.
In this spiritual romance, an atheist embarks on a path of enlightenment with a tormented soul who may just have the power to change everything he has ever believed to be true.
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Winner of Readers Favorite 2014 International Book Awards (Honorable Mention) Winner of 2014 Los Angeles Book Festival in Romance category. Winner of 2014 Paris Book Festival in Romance category. Winner of 2014 Hollywood Book Festival in Romance category. Honorable Mention in 2014 New York Book Festival History, art and literature are my passions. I love digging out information about prophecies, divine miracles and paranormal events that are mentioned in history and holy books, that don't sound possible in today's modern world. Since childhood, I have been into reading and writing--and yes, it can't happen without imagination, which luckily has no boundaries. Dance and music are also pastimes I enjoy, as well as reading romance fiction. I love to travel and explore historical cities. "A Prayer Series" is my first story about paranormal events based on Islamic concepts. For further information, please visit: http://www.samreenahsan.com
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A Silent Prayer
A PRAYER SERIES I
By Samreen Ahsan
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"No deal. I'm sorry, but what you ask is impossible," I say.
I'm having an uncomfortable business dinner in a fancy French restaurant located in an old district of downtown Toronto. The restaurant is filled with people engrossed in each other, talking about their own worlds and their problems. I wonder at the fact that each human has his own story to tell; everyone has a past, a present and a future to look forward to. For me, the past is something I never want to dig into, my present is an open book to the public, and my future—I've never thought about it.
"Come on, Gibson, you've built half of Toronto, and you're saying this hotel project is not possible? Have you suddenly decided you no longer want to make money?" Xavier Groston is a tall man in his late forties, a businessman who knows how to make the best out of the worst situation. That's what makes him a god in the construction business on the American West Coast. To him, everything starts and ends with money and power; his advice to everyone: never give your heart to someone you are expecting something from—the chances are greater for failure.
"Mr. Groston, I understand your situation, but the property you are interested in has been given to the local community center. Every day, needy people go there to eat and sleep, to receive food and clothing donations. Now you want me to kick them out?"
I'm quite frustrated with this meeting. This business tycoon wants me to demolish the community center and its surroundings and build a five-star hotel on it. The man is either much too mercenary, or he's drunk. I understand his aggressiveness; the property is a prime location for a hotel, and it would bring both of us money and more business. But this is not about money. Over the past five years, poor and homeless people have found a safe place at the community center, regardless of any religion, caste or creed. I confess that I'm not a religious person at all but this is something I can't play with; even being an atheist, I still have some fragments of reverence. I gave my word to the mayor of Toronto and the people of the community that the property would be theirs to use. Now Mr. Groston is asking me to destroy my credibility and take back my so-called altruistic donation.
"I can offer you better properties, Mr. Groston, all around Ontario," I say. "My agents know the province really well and I am sure they will come up with the best deal in town, which would be fruitful for both of us." I try to distract this stubborn man, but he fails to acknowledge me.
"So you are refusing my proposition. You cannot relocate this center anywhere else?" Groston doesn't seem to wish to end this meeting.
"Mr. Groston, as much as I intend to do business with you, I protect my own reputation as well. You may own half of the West Coast and millions of dollars' worth of properties, but the Canadian market is quite different. That community center serves hundreds of people every day—not just providing food and shelter, but a venue for community and religious activities. In fact, without it, many poor people and senior citizens in the area would have no place to attend religious services. In America, it may be the almighty dollar that rules, but here in Canada we try to remember that communities are for the people that live in them, not merely for those who make money off them." My empathic values with O Canada are finally coming out. "My property agents will call you tomorrow, to show you some of the finest properties in all of Ontario, but I'm afraid this one is not available."
Mr. Xavier Groston finally leaves, agreeing to look at some other properties, though I know he still wants this one. I stand up with him and shake hands at his departure, then sit back down for a while, thinking about his proposal. It would make a lot of money, but sometimes other things are far more valuable. On that Canada Day five years back when some seniors had approached me about land for the center, I had only the huge property that I had purchased to build a five-star hotel. Out of nowhere, a sense of humanitarianism had emerged in me and I had donated the property. That land is still under my name; no one ever got a chance to get it changed. So legally, I could do as I liked with it, including building Groston's hotel project. But people trust me and I don't want to break their trust. I wouldn't say that I'm an unpretentious person, but I am loyal to my work. Anything I do or commit to, I stick to it.
I look around the restaurant. This was one of the earliest construction projects that my company had done. It was an early nineteenth-century building, and I'm proud that we preserved its original beauty. It reminds me of an old restaurant in Marseille where I once had dinner with a client. Like that restaurant, this one features complete French architecture with lights embedded in the brick walls, and accented with antique furniture. The interior centers on the huge Swarovski chandelier, and one can see the perfection in the artwork that covers the ceiling—an early medieval-era handpainted work, displaying deceased kings and queens. The lights fixed on the walls give the impression of a castle's lanterns, but are modern fixtures. The tables and chairs are made of old dark wood, most likely imported from France to provide the feel of a castle's dining area. I look at my wine glass and close my eyes to concentrate on the music—a song of a man declaring his love to a woman.
How could a woman change a man's heart like that?
I finally leave the restaurant, which is on the top floor. The building has six levels, each with a different kind of business, all earning well. That's the reason they give me their rent on time, I think, and smile to myself. I look around for the elevator and get a glimpse of a fire door to the stairs. Somehow, my heart tells me to go down that way. But when I open the door, I notice that there are stairs going up to a higher level. I thought the restaurant was on the top floor. It has been a long time since I renovated this building—did it have stairway access to the roof? Even though it's crazy to go out on a rooftop in snowy February weather, I go up the stairs anyway. Outside, there is a wonderful view of the Toronto night skyline. I notice that there's a lot of junk piled on the rooftop, looking like no one has moved it for ages. I look out at the lakeshore on one side and the CN tower and more high-rises on the other. The view is worth standing in the cold, and I'm glad I came up.
As I stare out over the city, a sound catches my attention. It's music, but not the music from the restaurant. It's magical-sounding. I try to determine where it's coming from. There is another building connected to this one, sharing the same wall. This is quite common in our city, similar to a semi-detached house. The barrier between my roof and theirs is low, and I climb over and jump down, getting my clothes wet. The music is getting clearer. I see a door and head toward it. It feels like it has not been opened for years; in fact, like no one has ever opened it at all. I struggle with the rusted knob and finally get it to turn and open the door. I am expecting another set of fire stairs, but instead there is a passage. There is nothing to the right or left and I follow the passage; or rather, I follow the magical music.
The sound of the music is so warm and comforting that I realize I am not feeling cold anymore. I take a few more steps and what I see freezes me, just like the weather outside. There are no doors, no stairs in this piece of architecture. It's nothing but a spiral passage leading down to ground level. I look down to the bottom and my heart comes into my throat. A girl is dancing to the music. From here on the sixth level I can't see her face clearly, but the way she moves takes my breath away. I feel as if the dance and the music are casting a spell on me. The girl is lost in her dance, not caring about anyone watching her. I see the shadows of other people dancing with her, but since the light is on her, I am unable to see more than shadowy figures. For the first time in my life, I feel my soul is pulling me ... toward her.
I start walking down that spiral passage. The music becomes clearer and melts in my ears, in my body, in my soul. I have never heard of anything like this. How can mere humans create such a heartwarming composition? I am on the second-to-last level and able to see her more clearly. She is dancing like an angel, something truly celestial. She seems to be dressed for a masquerade, in an ankle-length pink chiffon dress with a mask over her eyes. It seems like she is not carrying any weight; she is a light dove borne away by the wind. Then, I see one shadow lifting her up in the air and she swirls around with the lights and music. It is impossible to take in. I can still see the shadows dancing with her, but I don't see any physical dancers except her. Did I drink too much tonight? I think to myself. Why can't I see the other people? Surely they must be behind the lights.
I feel I must see the girl more closely, meet her, let her know how amazing she is when she dances. It is very unlike me, chasing after a girl. From within, my subconscious is yelling not to go against my assuetude. I ignore it and keep moving. Why can't I take my eyes off her? This has never happened to me before. Or perhaps, I have never seen anyone like her. The intensity of the music augments my fascination. Under the colorful lights, she moves like a flower in the wind, flying like rainbow colors after a beautiful rain. I realize I've now reached her level, and I see that she is dancing alone.
Where did the other people go, whose shadows I saw from the top?
I look back to her, admiring her body and all her movements. The violins behind me accelerate, and so does her body. She moves round and round with the music, unaware of my presence until all of a sudden, she crashes against me. I hold her by her waist tightly to give her support. The music stops, and so does her dance. She is trying to catch her breath, her breasts moving and touching my chest as the air fills her lungs. Our eyes meet. Under the pink mask, her big eyes, darker than ebony, catch my attention. She looks at me as if she is looking directly through my soul. The madness in her eyes rips my existence and peels off my flesh and bone to search my soul. The darkness in them draws me to let her devour my presence, insanely and willingly.
I haven't been dancing, but my heart is keeping pace with hers. Her lips are rose pink and I deeply feel the urge to kiss them, to find out if they are actually as soft as they look. Her fragrance is diffusing in me like a drug, slowly and venomously. Never have I scented such a perfume, one that could take me to another world where there is no pain, where only pleasure exists.
I want to touch her skin, but its softness and tenderness scares me in a way I have never experienced. Instead of touching her, I raise my hand to take the mask off of her beautiful face, wondering if it is as perfect underneath as it looks. She backs off and releases herself from my grip. The lights grow dimmer. The music fades. It is just me and her, staring at each other in consternation. I watch her stepping back, but cannot follow her; it's as if my feet are frozen to the ground and I cannot move at all. I see her pick up her bag and look back at me, and then she leaves me in the darkness that she has cast on me with her one last look.
I stand there numb, not sure for how long.
What was that?
Where are the others who were dancing with her? Where was the music coming from, when there is no sound system here?
Where was the light coming from, when there is only one light fixture behind me? There is certainly no one else here now. What I saw from above was either my imagination, or a hallucination. I wonder if the girl was real too, or just a part of my wild imaginings.
No, Gibson, you didn't imagine this woman. You are far too practical. Women come to you. You don't go after them and you do not imagine things.
I rush out of the spiral structure to catch my breath. Inside my body, my heart is skipping from one place to another. I feel like I have caught a really high fever. My body is trembling, and I can't even stand properly on my own feet. I lean on one of the bike stands that are fixed at the corner of the walkway. A cold rain is falling, and I realize I will definitely catch a fever if I stand here much longer.
I turn around to look back, and I'm flabbergasted. There is no spiral structure behind me. It twists my mind completely, wondering where I saw that beautiful girl, and where I came out from. All the practical solutions are coming to my mind now. I had a phone with a camera; why didn't I video her while she was dancing?
I had never seen such an alluring woman in my entire life. A refinement that surpasses all levels of beauty and grace. An artistic existence so pure that even the angels would envy it. How could someone make your heart beat so fast, without even touching, without even kissing, without even making love? The urge to see her again is unexplainable.
I haven't hesitated to talk to people my entire life but this woman struck me mute, as by a lightning bolt from above. I have never felt so helpless. Thinking of her as I head toward home, my heart calls out William Wordsworth's poem:
She was a phantom of delight
When first she gleamed upon my sight;
A lovely Apparition, sent
To be a moment's ornament;
Her eyes as stars of Twilight fair;
Like Twilight's, too, her dusky hair;
But all things else about her drawn
From May-time and the cheerful Dawn;
A dancing Shape, an Image gay,
To haunt, to startle, and way-lay.
ONE FINE DAY
It's 6:15 a.m. and my phone alarm wakes me up from a deep sleep. I'm tired, and put my alarm to snooze. Then suddenly I remember that today, I'm not going to my office. I have been invited to a breakfast meeting at Gibson Enterprises headquarters on King Street.
I forgot to check the subway route last night. The thought of it drives sleep from my head; I get up and head to the washroom. I come out in no time and blow my long hair dry. I definitely need a haircut in winter. This drying process takes a long time in the mornings.
I finish my morning prayers in ten minutes and dress for work. I haven't even decided what to wear. I have never attended a breakfast meeting, except those in my office. I wasn't sure why I'd been invited to this one—my boss hadn't told me much. But as a senior Creative Designer for Greenway Advertising, I couldn't skip it, and I had to look professional. I settle on a long navy-blue sweater dress with matching tights.
Born and brought up in Beirut, I have collected all the usual values of Muslim families. Offering my prayers on time. Not exposing my body parts for men's attention. Remaining reserved from strangers. And most importantly, no sexual relationships outside marriage. I am not really a perfect Muslim girl, though. I do not cover my head with a scarf; I believe that modesty lies within your heart and not in your appearance. Although I am Lebanese, I have inherited all of my mother's Egyptian features: dark eyes, black hair, clear skin. I don't find myself very attractive, so I do not understand why men keep offering me relationships and friendships that I am not interested in. Do I have an "available" sign on my forehead?
I shift my mind from past to present, as this is not the right time to dig up old memories. I am seven seas away from that old misery. I give myself some final touches and look one last time in the mirror before leaving. Taking my necessary stuff—my bag, phone, umbrella and jacket—I lock my apartment and take the elevator. My apartment is on the sixteenth floor of a high-rise condominium on Yonge Street, very close to the Finch subway station. I simply adore my neighborhood. Everything is very close to my place—the theaters, restaurants, subway station, and the mall. Just outside my building is a bakery where I always buy breakfast. They sell the best pumpkin bread.
It is really cold outside, even without snow. I open my umbrella to avoid the November rain and walk toward the station, listening to music through my earbuds. As usual, the station is overcrowded, though many people take off on Fridays. I check the map to see which route will take me to King Street and pull out the address of Gibson Enterprises headquarters to verify which will be the closest station. I usually enjoy walking, but not in winter.
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Table of Contents
ContentsAN ENCOUNTER, 1,
ONE FINE DAY, 8,
AT FIRST SIGHT, 16,
STRANGER IN DISGUISE, 20,
AN INVITATION, 36,
THE PARTY, 47,
THE DREAM, 62,
THE CITY NEWS, 63,
THE VERY FIRST DATE, 68,
A BEAUTIFUL JOURNEY, 88,
THE MOMENT, 102,
THE FLIGHT, 121,
THE SUMMIT, 170,
A TRUE COMPANIONSHIP, 186,
AN UNINVITED GUEST, 196,
SOMETHING NEW, 208,
AN UNSPOKEN TRUTH, 213,
THE CONFESSION, 273,
AN ENCHANTED KINGDOM, 285,
THE ROYAL BALL, 302,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This story is about Adam Gibson (an atheist) in love with Rania Ahmed (muslemah). Adam didn't believe in god and so with love, Adam only believes that girl only used to fulfil man's needs. Until he met Rania, they become close and Adam realize that he loves her. He takes everything to convince her that he loves her, he offers a romantic dinner, expensive jewel, and other surprise to make her impressed but Rania didn't like any other girls, she have a secret that make her ignore all men that tried to steal her heart. But Adam is as stubborn as Rania, he still want to try to take Rania's heart. Rania is muslemah and in Islam we can't have a sex unless we're married with that someone which make Adam's resist that for Rania. Will he won Rania's heart? Will Rania accept him? Will she be able to tell her deepest secret to Adam? Will she find a happily ever after? You must read this story if you want to know. I'm happy that there is a muslem love story, this author bring the story with great words, she can play with words that makes all the readers fall in love with the character. She also explain what's Islamic culture like story of Adam and Hawa, so non-muslem readers can understand what Islamic culture is like. The author also bring readers to know more about Islam by the character she made. She also explain spiritual and paranormal theme in Islamic ways, and also mystery that makes the reader curious and the emotion in this book feel like we were in roaller coaster ride. The reader want to read the story until the end of page to find what secret that Rania's having and what will happend between Rania and Adam. After all i really love this story and i would love to know what happend in second book, good job Ms. Samreen Ahsan
A story with some religious and paranormal elements This is my first book by this author. This is a two-book story, so you will have to read book 2, A Prayer Heeded, to find out how the story ends, which I plan to do. This is Adam and Rania’s story. Being a woman of faith myself, I was intrigued by the story-line. Adam is a rich business man who professes to be an atheist. He was very much the womanizer before meeting Rania. This makes it difficult, at first, for Rania to trust Adam’s motives for wanting to get to know her. For that reason, she keeps him at arm’s length. Rania is a Lebanese woman who has a deep faith in God. She is a successful business woman, in her own right, working for a family friend. The couple is drawn to each other but are unable to explain why. Rania shares her faith with Adam but does not reveal to him the darkness that is in her past which overshadows her present and makes it difficult for her to respond to Adam the way she would like to. Adam, on the other hand, reveals everything about himself to Rania and through sharing himself and his life, he falls in love with her. They develop a deep trust in one another and Adam respects the boundaries that Rania puts on the relationship, which is no sexual intimacy between them. Just when it looks like Rania is able to trust Adam enough to reveal her past to him, Adam allows the demon of jealousy to rear its ugly head and ruin everything they have built together. In my mind, Raina has set Adam up to fail because she does not give him all the information about herself and places him in a vulnerable position, thus, setting him up to disappoint her. I was frustrated that after 300-plus pages, the story ends on a huge cliff-hanger that leaves you totally crushed because of the anticipation that the author builds up in you for the happy ending. At this point I was totally mad with Rania for putting Adam in this position. The story has some religious and paranormal elements to it that can make it difficult to see where these elements fit into the story. However, since the story has spiritual elements in it, then it fits in. Well, we all have to read book 2 to find out what happens and whether Adam and Rania can truly be soul mates! -Reviewed by Marcia
Where Romance meets the Spiritual. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not sure about this book as I started it. Adam, a millionaire from Toronto is an atheist and has sworn off any kind of relationship. He uses women and thinks that is their only purpose. He stumbles into a place where he watches a woman dance and becomes entranced. He does not know who she is, but continues to think about her months later. The second character is Rania. A muslim living in Toronto working for a friend of her family. She has a devout faith and many secrets. She keeps her true self hidden from everyone except the son of her boss who is in love with her, but his feelings are reciprocated. Rania is resigned to the fact that she will never get married and have a family. Every other chapter is told by either Adam or Rania. Once I got into this book I was amazed at how the spiritual and romantic sides of this novel blend together. Adam runs into Rania months later and realizes she is the woman he has been dreaming about. Rania has no idea who he is or why he is interested in her. Both of these characters are wounded and hurt from things in their past. Can their love for one another heal the hurts and show itself to the other? A great read with an ending that makes you want to read the next book right away to see what happens next. This is Book one of "The Prayer Series"....waiting for Book 2!
Not your typical romance.... A big thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. The following are my own thoughts and opinions of this book. "A Silent Prayer" by Samreen Ahsan is book one of the A Prayer series and follows the story of Adam Gibson and Rania Ahmed. Rania is a young women living in Canada and working at her uncle's company as a computer designer. A dark past that includes an abusive relationship has Rania swearing off men but fate has other ideas. Adam is CEO of his company, most eligible bachelor, and the richest man in his town. He seemingly has everything but a steady woman and that he doesn't need. Until one night he sees a mysterious woman dancing in a building that doesn't exist, Adam suddenly is in love with that woman. He seeks her everywhere. One morning fate steps in and Adam meets his mystery woman, Rania. Can their vastly different beliefs be put aside as their relationship blossoms? The Characters Rania Ahmed is in her mid-twenties, a devout Muslim, and hard worker. She is kind, but closed to relationships, and has a strong belief in God and his mercy. Adam is the opposite. He is late twenties (I believe, maybe thirty), also a hard worker possibly even a workaholic, and an atheist. At the beginning of the story, Adam is drunk, leaving a business engagement when he hears music coming from the connected building. On entering he sees a beautiful woman dancing and immediately falls for her. When he touches her she disappears as does the building. Thinking he's insane or possibly very drunk, he thinks no more of the building, but becomes obsessed with finding the mystery woman. Rania he believes is her. The relationship that builds between these two characters is kind of unreal. Adam is obsessed with her, and like another reviewer said he is a G-rated Christian Grey. He's dominating and controlling, and for the way Rania is portrayed I don't think this would go over well in real life. In fact, I think she would tell him to take a hike, but not so in the book. Instead she is submissive and basically his Ana, kind of annoying actually. Rania starts as a strong woman, living on her own, and independent but quickly her dark past makes her need Adam as much as he needs her. The Plot The plot of this story centers around the two main characters and their relationship. It also focuses on, for lack of a better word, healing Adam's own emotional scars. Rania does this by forcing him to be open with her and his family that he has shut out of his life, but also slowly revealing God and her faith to him. I found the concept sweet but a bit unbelieving for an atheist to convert so easily, but then again the story doesn't really focus on that so much as it does their relationship. I kept expecting some paranormal elements to come in after the first encounter with the mystery woman in the building that didn't exist, but that storyline never developed and only continues as a part of book two where the focus moves to healing Rania. This for me was a bit disappointing as I was intrigued and curious and felt that the story just ended. My Conclusions Ummm.....I just don't know how to feel about this book. On one hand I enjoyed aspects of Adam and Rania's relationship. On the other I felt it was forced and not built naturally. Also, (call me a prude if you like) the profanity, specifically the use of the F-word really bothered me. Here is a book that has a strong spiritual message about God and the Muslim faith and the profanity sticks out like a sore thumb. In fact, I felt really torn about this because of my own beliefs. In one sentence Rania is telling Adam about her faith and the next she drops an F-bomb.....ummm really?! Overall, the story was intriguing and well-written, but my own personal feelings and beliefs couldn't be quieted and I gave the book 3 stars. For the most part this book is a clean read (minus the profanity), it doesn't fall into the erotica category, but it does represent typical contemporary women's literature. If you enjoy a bit of paranormal, romance, and spiritual reading I think this book is for you.
The author, Samreen Ahsan, gave me her book to read and review. Her wording is eloquent. Each word, each sentence, flow perfectly into each other. You can tell this was a labour of love by how she made sure the words were perfect. The story line was fascinating. It was a slow read, but not in the bad way. I didn’t want to rush through this. I wanted to get to know each character. The relationship between the characters were more real. There was no rush, it took time to build up. As in real life, there was time involved with building up the relationship. It was a sweet story. I liked that there were no unnecessary cursing. The characters don’t curse like sailors. There was some cursing, but not excessive. I liked that about the story. It was wholesome. I am looking forward to reading the next book to find out what happens. Thank you Samreen Ahsan for the chance to read your story!!
I was given a free ebook copy of 'A Silent Prayer' by Samreen Ahsan in exchange for an honest review. Adam Gibson is Toronto's most eligible bachelor. He is rich, young, sexy, and a notorious womanizer. He sees Rania walking outside his office building, and is absolutely smitten. But Rania is different from all of the other women he has been with. She is not interested in any type of relationship, and her strong beliefs forbid her to have relations with any man other than her husband. She is modest and very spiritual. As she and Adam develop a friendship based on trust, they fall in love. There is a darkness to Rania however, that she is afraid to reveal to Adam. The story ends in a cliffhanger, to be continued in book 2. It is so refreshing to read a love story where people remain true to their personal boundaries. There is still magnetism and attraction, the story is still steamy even though there is no sex. This is an amazing love story about two people from different spiritual and cultural backgrounds growing together. There are many spiritual/paranormal events that are left unexplained at the end of the story, presumably to be explained in book 2. Once I started reading this book, I truly had a hard time putting it down. I will definitely be reading book 2. My only criticism is that the story ended in a cliffhanger. I enjoy books that are able to stand on their own and am not a huge fan of the 'to be continued' endings that seem popular right now. I understand why authors do it, it is just frustrating as a reader to have to wait to get your hands on book 2 to see what happens, especially if you are as engrossed in Book 1 as I was with this story.
3.5 Stars! A silent prayer is a romance/religious book about two people with different beliefs. Enter Adam Gibson. Adam may be yound but he's already a powerful Toronto millionaire and a philanthropist. Despite all his good intentions though, he couldn't be more different than Rania. Rania is a woman with beliefs. On her way to a meeting she accidentally meets Adam who is immediately attracted to her. But as he gets to know more of Rania, Adam discovers that sometimes physical attraction isn't enough and he yearns for more. In their effort to create a future together, they must both face their past, as some mysterious events threaten to rip them apart... This book was a first for me. Really! I do read romances (a lot!) but I've never read a spiritual romance before. Thing is that I don't believe that someone would willingly change his/her beliefs just because the're in love. For example, Adam was an atheist but as he falls for Rania he's "compelled" to acknowledge her beliefs. What I liked though, was the fact that despite their differences, they managed to overcome everything and be together. A silent prayer was an enjoyable read with a nice flow but there were times that I felt that Rania was trying to "force" Adam to believe in the things she did. Besides that, I had no problem with the book! It was actually quite a journey filled with mystery, romance, a bit of paranormal, forgiveness and faith. The characters were unique in their own way. Rania was a strong character with deep beliefs but she was mysterious as well. Adam on the other hand, was the typical businessman. Stubborn, arrogant, charming, very proud and a bit possessive. All in all, Adam and Renia's story is more than your typical romance book. It's the journey of a tortured man and a woman who's running from her past, trying to built a future together. *Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
I received an ebook copy of A Silent Prayer from the author after losing a Goodreads giveaway. It was very kind of her, however, the opinions expressed are completely mine. This book is about a handsome billionaire who bumps into a woman and falls for her instantly. She is a Lebanese Muslim (dresses modestly, but wears no head scarf) and she is (of course) beautiful. He starts stalking her and other than a few admonitions about digging into her past, it does not really seem to bother her. As the book goes along, we see them getting to know each other. There is no sex between the two, not, I feel, because of her religion, but it’s more about her father’s reputation and secrets she has from her past. She freezes every time he gets passionate, or even tries to kiss her, but they do, however, spend every night in bed together. He is the jealous type – extremely jealous, and does not want her out of his sight – especially if there is another male around. She wants to be independent even so far as to not let him pay for anything including her dinners. They often end up arguing and making a scene. They both do seem to grow somewhat as the book goes on. The book is written from each of their points of view, alternating chapters, and at the beginning of each chapter, the author gives us clear indications of whose point of view we are getting. I really appreciate that. I dislike it when I get lost for a few sentences while trying to figure out whose voice I am reading each time the point of view changes. I enjoyed the book. It was a fairly quick read, yet very intense. But, I have to say I had a few problems with it. First, I felt the ending was extremely abrupt and it left me feeling frustrated. I think the author wanted a cliff hanger to lead into the next book, but I wanted to at least know how the scene ended. Then, his extreme jealousy is frightening, yet it doesn’t bother her. If this was a real couple, I would really be frightened for her. Maybe in the next book…. Something that really bothered me, but others may like it, is that the author has these two people (as well as some of the other characters) wink at each other constantly and very often mischievously. It happened so often (it felt like almost every page, or at least every other one) it became a distraction and then kind of like fingernails on a chalkboard after a while. There are many other ways to get the same feeling such as, “the teasing glint in her eyes”, or “there was an impish look to the smile he gave her”, etc. Overall, I honestly did like the book. I think changing some of these things, for me, would have gone a long way towards making this book even better. Thanks to the author for giving me the opportunity to read her book
I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This is a deep thought provoking supernatural love story. But a different kind of supernatural. No vampires, werewolves, or ghosts. I found it to be an enlightening read . However, the language seem stilted at times and for me the book was hard to get through at times. It is a very interesting concept, though. If you like unconventional romance novels I think you'll enjoy this one.
I did not expect this story to be the romance that it was. It is not only a great romance, but there are also many subplots that are equally good. There is an inner religious battle, and also a guarded heart that make the story even more enjoyable. Plus there is some paranormal too. The author also switched from the characters points of view, and I felt like I was able to connect to both main characters. I will definitely be reading more from this author. There was a pretty big cliffhanger, and that cost the book a star. However I am now not so patiently waiting for the next installment. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.
I was skeptical of the book as I started reading it and almost wanted to stop reading after the first few pages. However, I continued on and I am very glad I did. By page 30 I was hooked by the two main characters and how their relationship developed on the basis of trust and companionship rather than lust. Not to say that there is no attraction between the two but rather respect for ones personal boundaries. There is a religious This book is not like a lot of other series I have read where you can read each book as it's own story and has a distinct ending to the book. The book needs to be read as a series. The end leaves you hanging and looking for book 2 so you can continue on their journey as you know it cannot be complete yet. It almost requires a "to be continued" added to the last page because of how it end leaving you hanging in the middle of an important situation. I look forward to continuing this series and will be recommending it to all the avid readers I know.
Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite I think A Silent Prayer by Samreen Ahsan is destined to become a classic in the romance genre. I rarely read pure romance novels. I like my romance blended into an action or adventure story, otherwise it gets a little boring for me. This story is pure romance. It is all about the relationship between Rania, a Canadian woman of Lebanese descent, and Adam, a powerful and influential construction magnate in Toronto. Both of these characters are emotionally damaged. Neither has really loved before and, until they meet each other, are sure they will never love. This is nothing new or fresh in the annals of romance. What is new is that Samreen Ahsan chooses to tell the story from both characters' point of view. One chapter from the man's perspective and one chapter from the woman's. There are a lot of good male writers who just can't capture the essence of a female character and there are a lot of good women writers who can't quite get the male voice right. To be honest, I don't know if Samreen is a male name or a female name. I really don't care and it really doesn't matter because the writing is great. Both the male and female perspective sound and feel genuinely authentic. This is what makes the story work for me. This is why I give it five stars. The writing is great and I cared about the characters. You could even say that I prayed for a successful conclusion to their romantic journey.
When I first began reading this book, I was confused with the first two chapters. I wasn’t sure who the ballerina girl was and his feelings towards women. Gibson is portrayed as a womanizer and this book talks about Gibson being attractive and falling in love with Rania Ahmed. Adam was going a bit overboard to me when he did a background check on Rania. The two meet through the “corporate world” and a bunch of surprises happen between the two. I came to find out all the hurt from Rania’s past relationships and when she begin talking about God, I gained more respect for her character. The book is masterfully crafted with a plot, prologue, interesting events, and an intriguing conclusion. I recommend this book to those who work in the “corporate world”, those in a relationship, and readers who enjoy a great read with humor and suspense.
A Silent Prayer by Samreen Ahsan Rania Ahmedhas strong faith and devote belief in God. She is very beautiful, successful in her career, but had secrets from her past. They are so strong that it is destroying her from the inside keeping her from finding true happiness She meets Adam Gibson, a young powerful and very rich man, but he is an Atheist, and has no belief i n God. The two soon become friends and they find they are able to help each other. Will he be able to reach out to her and melt her heart? Will she be able to accept his declaration of his new found faith? A touching story of two lost souls who find each other. Dramatic at times, so engrossing I could no put it down. I really liked Rania, and love the story line. I look forward to reading the second book A Prayer Heeded.
I have to know where it goes from here! Disclaimer: I received an e-copy in exchange for an honest review. Rania is a regular girl, just trying to get through life in Toronto. Adam is a rich bachelor, spending and sleeping his way through the days. When they cross paths, sparks fly, and Adam realizes he might not mind leaving the single-life behind, once and for all. However, Rania has a scarred past, and it's keeping barriers around her heart. Can these two make it together, or will their differences drive them apart before they even get started? I enjoyed this book right from the start. I love how the chapters are separated into each point of view, as you get a glimpse from both sides of the coin and how each character is dealing with their new friendship. I feel as though this one quote from the beginning perfectly sums up how you should view this story: "I wonder at the fact that each human has his own story to tell; everyone has a past, a present and a future to look forward to." We travel through the present with both Rania and Adam, and while looking through them towards their possible future, we see that they'll have to relive a past that could tear them apart. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good romance, but note that it's not your typical boy-meets-girl, boy-gets-girl story. This is one where you'll be rooting on both sides, and you get to see what happens when love-at-first-sight meets its match in a strong-willed woman. 4 1/2 stars
I read the nook version of it and really liked this story. How inventive and well executed! Her style is quick and very readable without sacrificing detail. I'm watching for more from her.
Decent characterization to visualize both the protagonists and details surrounding them. Chapters written from male and female POVs kept the interest and didn't let the story fall away. Adam and Rania's chemistry seems to be going beyond expectations and anxiously waiting for 'what will happen next'. Mystery behind Rania and paranormal activities kept me guessing and I was proved wrong at many occasions. Keep up the good work and bring your next volume in market soon.