When the Apricots Bloom: Chapter Sampler

When the Apricots Bloom: Chapter Sampler

by Gina Wilkinson

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Overview

Join three different women as they form friendships, protect their families, and test political allegiances in the country of Iraq in a special sneak peek of this moving and thrilling novel.

Inspired by her own experiences in Iraq during Saddam Hussein's rule, Gina Wilkinson's evocative, suspenseful debut is told through the eyes of three very different women confronting the limits of friendship and forgiveness, and the strength of a mother's love.

At night, in Huda's fragrant garden, a breeze sweeps in from the desert encircling Baghdad, rustling the leaves of her apricot trees and carrying warning of visitors at her gate. Huda, a secretary at the Australian embassy, lives in fear of the mukhabarat--the secret police who watch and listen for any scrap of information that can be used against America and its allies. They have ordered her to befriend Ally Wilson, the deputy ambassador's wife. Huda has no wish to be an informant, but fears for her teenage son, who may be forced to join a deadly militia. Nor does she know that Ally has dangerous secrets of her own.

Huda's former friend, Rania, enjoyed a privileged upbringing as the daughter of a sheikh. Now her family's wealth is gone, and Rania too is battling to keep her child safe and a roof over their heads. As the women's lives intersect, their hidden pasts spill into the present. Facing possible betrayal at every turn, all three must trust in a fragile, newfound loyalty, even as they discover how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect their families.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496734655
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 04/17/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 173,463
File size: 480 KB

About the Author

Gina Wilkinson is a former foreign correspondent, award-winning journalist, and documentary maker who's reported from some of the world's most intriguing and perilous places for the BBC, NPR, the ABC, and other renowned public broadcasters. Originally from Australia, she spent two decades reporting from hotspots across the globe and now lives outside of Washington, D.C.

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