Inshallah: A love story contrasting Saudi and western family life

Inshallah: A love story contrasting Saudi and western family life

by Mrs Sybil Powell

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ISBN-13: 9781475083439
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/16/2012
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

I'm Sybil Powell, wife, mother, friend, entrepreneur, traveler and now an author of books which reflect many of those life experiences.
I spent most of my childhood in a seaside resort town on the south coast of my native England. Eastbourne was a wonderful place to grow up, but sheltered just enough to make me want to go out and spread my wings and see what the rest of the world had to offer! That adventure started after I married a wonderful, young serviceman. After settling into life in the forces, we moved to Germany where we lived for a couple of years. On returning to England and civilian life, we settled in the north where I found work in the more heavily industrialized world of Yorkshire. Very different from the life I had known in a seaside resort!
I loved living in and learning about the lifestyles in different parts of England, but my education really expanded when we moved half the world away to Saudi Arabia. The contrast between the coastal mountain areas and the inland, desert cities along with the rich culture and traditions going back literally thousands of years, is something which has affected my life and my writing ever since.
Eventually we bid 'Adieu' to those exotic, arid lands and returned to the UK. Back home again, I started my own business-a secretarial agency which provided companies with the then-fledgling service of a virtual assistant.
We've now moved again and this time to Wales, where I've settled into my writing career, and very happily draw on my many experiences both at home and abroad. Because those experiences have been so diverse, my books tend to be very different from each other and stand on their own- in plot, characters, culture and background.

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Inshallah: A love story contrasting Saudi and western family Life 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Be prepared to leave the world as you know it, travel back in recent time, and experience life in Saudi Arabia, a Muslim state that had just undergone major changes within its borders. Religion and its customs are harsh, particularly for females, the punishment seems even more harsh for failing to honor millennia-old beliefs. When a gutsy Muslim woman falls in love with a Christian Englishman, it can only spell disaster if they are caught. Is it possible for them to have a future, would the cost be worth it? Author Sybil Powell has created a beautiful tale of forbidden love in a country that disdains Western ideals and practices, while welcoming Western business and money. Even an unknown infraction of the rules of the land can be met with dire consequences, and reading about them can be difficult to understand, because love is good, right? I was fascinated with the in depth look into a Saudi family and their interactions, the depth of their beliefs and the acceptance of “how it has always been.” The cultural differences are eye-opening and will spark an inner debate with yourself, I guarantee it! Thankfully, it does NOT take away from the love story, but adds to its desperate intensity. You will smell the markets, see the sand and the rock, feel the grit and dust, and think you have just been on a trip to another way of life. Whether you return glad to be home or with new questions regarding the choices in made life, in the name of faith or love, you will be changed by this powerful book! Does it invoke tolerance or further intolerance of others? Only you can decide.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful story that redeemed my faith in love! It is not a quick, fast read by any means, and it has a lot of twists and turns along the way, and a rich description of both the English and Muslim worlds and the differences in cultures. I thought the characters were delightful and really fleshed-out and well-rounded. Believe it or not, I think my favorite character was actually Anood, the sister. But they are all nicely written. Also, I appreciated the fact that the romance felt natural and took its time to develop naturally, instead of this “instant-love” we see so often in books these days. And while this is in no way a critique of Ms. Powell’s writing ability, I do feel that this novel would benefit greatly from an editor, but is a captivating and enlightening read, nonetheless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the premise of this novel to be very intriguing – a Romeo and Juliet type story where two people from different worlds and who are forbidden to be together find a way despite the odds. The romance between the Englishman, Mark, and the young moslem girl, Jinniya, takes a while to get started out of the gate. There is much “setting up” to the relationship, showing their ordinary lives and only having the romance start to blossom about a quarter to half way through the book. I realize that backstory is important, especially for a novel such as this, but I would have preferred to see it happen much sooner. I had problems with some of the editing, as there were several instances of missing punctuation that threw me off a bit. But I was able to overlook it and can say I really enjoyed this story.
BookPrincessS More than 1 year ago
First, I have to mention how beautiful and haunting the cover is. I imagine those are Jinniya’s beautiful eyes staring back at me, and its easy to see why Mark would be smitten, despite their opposite worlds. Inshallah (God-willing) is written in the third person, so it allows us to see the story evolve for the different character’s point of view. And that is really where the strength of this novel lies. Two lovers from totally opposite worlds who find something in common—love. I don’t know if I would classify this as a simple romance novel as there was far too much world-building and other plots other than simply boy meets girl, fall in love, live happily ever after. Well worth a read for those interested in an in-depth story that highlights not only the differences between east and west, but also how they are the same.