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Safar Book Club Recap and Picks

Bismillahi ar-rahmani ar-rahim...

Assalamu aleikum waramatulahi wabarakatuhu Dear Readers. A couple books have been added to the growing master reading list. See below!

  • Isn't It Bromantic?

Summary: Elena Konnikova has lived her entire adult life in the shadows. As the daughter of a Russian journalist who mysteriously disappeared, she escaped danger the only way she knew how: She married her childhood friend, Vladimir, and moved to the United States, where he is a professional hockey player in Nashville.

Vlad, aka the Russian, thought he could be content with his marriage of convenience. But it’s become too difficult to continue in a one-sided relationship. He joined the Bromance Book Club to learn how to make his wife love him, but all he’s learned is that he deserves more. He’s ready to create his own sweeping romance—both on and off the page.

The bros are unwilling to let Vlad forgo true love—and this time they’re not operating solo. They join forces with Vlad’s neighbors, a group of meddling widows who call themselves the Loners. But just when things finally look promising, Elena’s past life intrudes and their happily ever after is cast into doubt.

Review and thoughts: Elena saves herself, and she is not a damsel in distress! The Russian--her best friend and husband of convenience-- has been a puzzling character until now. Immigration, food lobbyists, and sex trafficking are also highlighted. Also, in this tome, the author uses her own work within her own work to help with the love life of Vlad. So here, we have "a love manual" that is not an already finished manuscript. "The love manual" or romance novel is Vald's own work-in-process. Inspiring himself on his own life struggles, he is forced to solve his emotional issues by confronting them with writing them down in his effort to write his HEA if he can't have one. This is the therapeutic side of writing. And that's brilliant. Overall, a sweet and timely read when taking into account the USA's freedom of press ordeal with the last presidency.

Rating: 4/5

  • The Other Black Girl

Part of the Summary: ...Twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. Fed up with the isolation and microaggressions, she’s thrilled when Harlem-born and bred Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers. They’ve only just started comparing natural hair care regimens, though, when a string of uncomfortable events elevates Hazel to Office Darling, and Nella is left in the dust...

Review and thoughts: This novel is a mashup of genres, and they all make sense if you really think about the link between all the different departments of life. The book is also a re-tale of the story of Prophet Sam'un aka Samson in people's of the book's texts but one relevant for current pop culture's sake.

Quote worth mentioning: “I was the zoo animal on display, and people I’d worked with for nearly two years--People I’d publicly called friends but had also privately called ‘self-important vampires’ because in corporate life, these things weren’t mutually exclusive--had their noses pressed against the walls as they merrily watched me eat my own shit.” (Page 229)

Look out for the full review at Black & Bookish insha'Allah.

Rating: 4/5

  • A Lowcountry Bride

Summary: Maya Jackson has worked for Laura Whitcomb, Inc, a renowned New York City bridal gown brand, for years and dreams of becoming Head Designer. She has the talent; she just needs a chance to showcase her unique style. Due to an illness, she’s always prioritized her career over her personal life until her father fractures his hip and Maya returns to Charleston, South Carolina. While home for only a few months, she’s thrilled to find an opportunity at the local bridal gown boutique, never expecting sparks to fly with its owner...

A military veteran and widowed father, Derek Sullivan hopes to save Always a Bride from bankruptcy in order to preserve the legacy of his mother. He also wants to reconnect with his estranged, twelve-year-old daughter, who is still recovering from the loss of her mother. The last thing he needs is a relationship with a beautiful, smart, complicated woman who will be leaving soon.

When Derek begins to fall for the lovely Maya, he knows there’s no future. But destiny has its own plans, and these two lonely people with big hearts discover that coming home to love is the best gift life can give.

Review and thoughts: Death is certain for all. However, for one that has a chronic illness it feels like the clock is taking a little faster. This is Maya's life. Sickle cell is a disease that affects many Blacks; those living on the motherland and those outside the motherland. While the novel doesn't hint to that part, it is worth mentioning in this review. With that out of the way, Author Williams brings us to the world of brides and bride gown designers. She sheds the lights on well-known designers who take credit for their workers' creations without giving them credit. You must always give credit, strive to preserve the truth and history and finally remember that life is short. Therefore, make the most of it; this limited time. And those are the main things to take away from this book besides the second chances at love.

Rating: 4/5

Thank you for tuning in and reading. Dear Readers & Members, see you in Rabi-I 1443 AH insha'Allah.

Our Usual Book Club Questions Are:

1. What did you like most?

2. What gave you pause?

3. What didn't you like?

4. What are your other thoughts?

5. What question (s) do you have for the author(s)?

6. What questions about the book(s) do you have for the moderator or other members of the discussion(s)?

We look forward to hearing from you.

G E T I N T O U C H !


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Until next time, subhanaka Allahumma wa-bihamdika ash-hadu anla ilaha illa anta as-taghfiruka wa atoobu ilayka. (O Allah, You are free from every imperfection; praise be to You. I testify that there is no true god except You; I ask Your Pardon and turn to You in repentance.) Aameen.


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