Sara knows her life would be easier if she married a man of her faith, but when has love ever been easy?
Raised by her immigrant Iranian parents, Sara has been taught that a good daughter makes decisions based on her family’s approval, and she’s spent most of her life in their good graces. Until she meets Maziar, and her world is turned upside down.
An instant electricity ignites between them, and it seems like fate when she discovers he’s also Iranian. Just as her mind begins to soar with the possibilities, he shatters her hopes.
Sara is Muslim. Maziar is Jewish. Will faith tear them apart?
Despite centuries of unrest behind them, Sara and Maziar embark on a forbidden love affair, attempting to navigate through cultural and religious prejudices.
Deep within the trenches of their battle, Sara finds herself more empowered and careless than ever before, but will her love and newfound life be worth the ultimate cost—her family?
"FORBIDDEN BY FAITH shows how family, love, and faith can collide, even in this modern age." - Romance Author, A. K. Leigh ★★★★★
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book had me up well into the night, with the excuse of just one more page, that always turned into more! Papehn takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions, as we follow Sara through her trials and tribulations with Maziar. There were times I was rooting for her and times I wanted to strangle her, just adding to the realistic aspect of the story. Nothing was candy coated or unbelievable which made me even more immersed. It reminded me of Romeo and Juliet, clashing religions and clashing cultures the main culprit. The author put me inside a world of a culture I knew very little about; the kind of book that we need in this current climate. The imagery was fantastic and the food sounded delicious! It's a must read!!!
I truly enjoyed this guilty pleasure. It was a true escape for me. Not just because I loved the story, but the writer captures your attention with her detailed imagination. I did not want this journey to end. I am looking forward to the second book. This was a breath of fresh air...I highly recommend this read and know you will enjoy it.
The blurb on the back of this book does not do the story between the covers justice. Forbidden by Faith isn’t only a love story, it’s also the story of young woman’s journey of self-discovery. Sara has her plate full: pharmacy school, loving–but demanding–traditional Persian parents and family, and two hot, forbidden men who are both willing to fight for her. The author kept me guessing and I loved not knowing how this story was going to end. Papehn also did a stellar job of depicting Sara’s struggle to find the truth while those around her are busily pursuing their own agendas. Sara walks a fine line of being an American, a Persian, and a woman who is her own person, regardless of labels or her family’s or society’s expectations. Papehn tells Sara’s story in a clean, fast-paced, direct fashion that is compelling without sacrificing beautiful, intelligent, and often amusing prose. Here are a few examples: “There was a warmth about him that felt like fingers wrapped around a hot cup of tea on a cold day.” “Persian women were a special breed, possessing certain ironclad strength. They never showed weakness. . . . Absolutely no one considered therapy, unless they were clinically insane.” And then there were the descriptions of food, which left me so hungry I was ready to gnaw off my arm. I LOVE Persian food and it was torture to read about it and have no Persian mother here to cook for me. Anyhow, I loved the book–starting from the very first page. The prologue, which was clever, made the story even more fun and interesting to read (you’ll need to read the book to see what I mean!)
I couldn't help but think of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" while reading this romance. Forbidden By Faith has the same soul, one that champions love and family and tradition in a multi-cultural world. Sara, a young woman from a close Persian, Muslim family balances her growing independence during pharmacy school with the pull of familial expectations of propriety and, let's face it, parents who have trouble recognizing their little girl is all grown up. Add into this a love interest who, while Persian, is Jewish. This clash of culture isn't a clash for the lovers, but love and marriage isn't just between two people. Love and marriage bring together entire families. What happens when the families don't want to come together? Forbidden By Faith follows the emotional growth of Sara, while examining the challenges and ultimate rewards of recognizing but putting aside differences and focusing on the common joys of family. I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of this book.