She's a sheltered American. He's a Middle Eastern diplomat. Can their love lead to lasting peace overseas?
New York City, 1981. Dianna leaves her small southern town for the bright lights and rich culture of the Big Apple and a prime job at the Met. Sparks fly when she crosses paths with a charming Lebanese diplomat. A shared night of passion launches her into an exciting romance and opens her eyes to a bloody conflict far from home. But as warring factions take hold overseas, she can't shake the feeling that her new love is hiding dark secrets.
Qasim has never known peace. When he gets the chance to bring his country's troubles before the United Nations, he abandons his family obligations to heal his war-torn homeland. But his true mission takes a detour when he falls for a beautiful American woman. Against the urging of his closest friend and mentor, he wants to share his heart and hopes with her.
In the face of cultural barriers and mounting war, can Dianna and Qasim find the strength to stand up for their love and a lasting peace?
The Shores of Our Souls is a moving, romantic multicultural novel that dares to defy convention.
If you like star-crossed chemistry, accurate historical details, and tales of redemption, then you'll love Kathryn Brown Ramsperger's award-winning tale of love against impossible odds.
Buy The Shores of Our Souls to embark on a barrier-breaking love story today!
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Reviewed by Nikki Leigh Willcome for Readers' Favorite The Shores of Our Souls by Kathryn Brown Ramsperger chronicles the love story between Qasim, a Lebanese U.N. diplomat, and Dianna, a young researcher at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1980’s Manhattan. Both worlds collide in a chance encounter at a bar, though nothing seems to keep them together save for their mutual attraction for each other. Not only do they struggle with their individual pasts, but now they face present challenges with social prejudices that seem to be staring around every corner. The cultural gaps between them threaten to divide the passionate couple’s already tenuous future. With Qasim running from war in the Middle East and Dianna running to a life of greater purpose in the world, the question becomes if the two can connect their journeys and stay together. The Shores of Our Souls grabbed my attention from the beginning and I was curious to see what kind of relationship these characters could build when everything about their lives seemed to be against them. I appreciated getting viewpoints from both characters, and found I was most drawn to Qasim’s character. His backstory was both surprising and reflective. He keeps the true extent of his affection for Dianna hidden, even from himself. Kathryn Brown Ramsperger does a nice job highlighting the challenges these two characters faced, both individually and together. The writing was well crafted; there was a good balance between the narrative and dialogue, and I enjoyed the excerpts previewing each chapter that gave me a sense of the historical events taking place, as if Ramsperger was challenging me to make the connections between the events and the characters’ actions and mindsets, and how it affected them. Not a typical romance, but The Shores of Our Souls is a thought-provoking read on both social and historical levels.
Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite The Shores of Our Souls by Kathryn Brown Ramsperger follows a romantic affair between a forty-year-old Muslim diplomat in New York City and a young, fresh-out-of-college stunning beauty from the South, a story that explores the dynamics of family, war, and religion. The young beauty, Dianna, finds work in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she barely has enough to survive on. It is New York in the 1980s. But when she meets Qasim, a Lebanese UN official in a bar, the attraction between the two becomes clear and they find themselves in each other’s arms pretty fast. Despite the strong bond that exists between them, Dianna is unsure of her place in the life of this politician who might have a wife in his home country, a man who seems distant at times and broken. Can their love survive the taboos of religion, the constraints of society, and the challenging political times? Kathryn Brown Ramsperger creates characters that are psychologically and emotionally rich, characters that will win the sympathy of readers instantly. The social commentaries are relevant and the historical references complement the well-developed setting. Her writing is fluid, seductive, and engaging, scattered with excellent dialogues and vivid descriptions. The Shores of Our Souls is a well-plotted story with great pacing and readers will find it hard to stop reading at any point. The conflict is strong and it makes for a great reading experience as the reader’s curiosity is piqued. This is a story with a strong premise, a well-developed conflict that escalates quickly, and that features a satisfying denouement. It was an exciting read for me and I grew to love the characters so much.
Many times this summer, I’ve delayed writing a review after finishing a book simply because it’s so hard to find an hour or two of quiet to dedicate to it (I love my kids, but quiet they are not). Not the case here. This time I delayed writing the review because I’m still rolling the book around in my head, trying to figure out how to approach it. It’s a strange book. Both difficult and easy to summarize. Easy if you look at the plot alone – two people with very different experiences of the world, enter a most unexpected and unusual relationship, neither quite sure that they can make it last. But difficult because that isn’t really what the book is about, that easy summary is vastly oversimplifying. So, I’m not going to do my usual summary, and just jump right into my feelings about it. If I’m being really honest with myself, I appreciated this book very much, but I didn’t really like it. What I didn’t like about it: the mood was too somber, the relationship wasn’t believable to me primarily because there was no real depth to it, and I struggled with both characters, finding myself not especially fond of either of them. However, despite not liking it, I’m glad I read it, and I suspect I’d get more out of it if I gave it some time and reread it later on. Which I plan to do. Because the themes explored in the book are worth deeper examination. There are the age old themes of star-crossed lovers, cultural differences, age differences, social hierarchy, self-sacrifice for the greater good, gender roles, war, integration, and the list goes on. But for me, all I can really think about is how little I know about the Middle East, its history, its culture, and how sad that is considering it has dominated the news for as long as I can remember. Through Qasim, I got a small taste of what it might be like to grow up in a homeland that has always been at war, where death and pain and suffering are to be expected, and arriving at peace is so complex that it seems impossible. What must that kind of existence really be like? And how would it feel to come to a country like the United States, a country that hasn’t faced a major war on its mainland in over a hundred years (certainly nothing equivalent to what is experienced in parts of the Middle East today), a country that lives in relative peace? And what would it be like to try and develop a relationship with an American who had no grasp on your region’s history, couldn’t begin to wrap their mind around your experiences, whose basic questions and limited interest in your history seemed almost childish? Sadly, I felt Dianna’s character was a representation of the average American, at least in terms of her lack of knowledge of the Middle East’s history. Perhaps things have changed over the years, but I feel comfortable saying that when I was in school, we did not spend a lot of time focused on the history of the Middle East. Most of the “world” history we learned was more Europe-centric, and I don’t even recall that because a) it’s been a long-time since I was 17 and b) I had no appreciation for history back then. As this book was set in the 80’s (maybe the early 90’s as well?), Dianna, who was only a few years out of college, probably experienced an education similar to my own, and that’s why she felt like a reflection of myself. However, our access to information has changed so much since then, that there is virtually no excuse for having such a lack of understanding of the on-going conflicts