*NOTE: This book was originally published under the title A Cup of Friendship*
Synopsis from Goodreads:
In a little coffee shop in one of the most dangerous places on earth, five very different women come together.
SUNNY, the proud proprietor, who needs an ingenious plan – and fast – to keep her café and customers safe.
YAZMINA, a young pregnant woman stolen from her remote village and now abandoned on Kabul’s violent streets.
CANDACE, a wealthy American who has finally left her husband for her Afghan lover, the enigmatic Wakil.
ISABEL, a determined journalist with a secret that might keep her from the biggest story of her life.
And HALAJAN, the sixty-year-old den mother, whose long-hidden love affair breaks all the rules.
As these five women discover there’s more to one another than meets the eye, they form a unique bond that will for ever change their lives and the lives of many others.
The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul is the heart-warming and life-affirming fiction debut from the author of the bestselling memoir The Kabul Beauty School.
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Oh how I loved this book! It was easy, quick, and delightful. The writing wasn’t spectacular but overall it was a quick and extremely enjoyable little read.
One of my favorite things about reading is the ability that a good book has to instantly transform me straight into different places and cultures. I learned so much just from reading this novel and found myself googling images of Kabul and it’s culture on numerous occasions while reading.
I highly recommend this book! The characters were compelling, the story was captivating, and the knowledge I gained was very interesting. There are so many different story lines and I enjoyed reading each of them. Deborah Rodriguez did a fantastic job of intertwining all of the different stories from all of the characters into one charming plot.
This book was quite different from Deborah Rodriguez’s memoir (The Kabul Beauty School) which I actually didn’t love…
As I was writing this review, I learned that Deborah Rodriguez has written a sequel, Return to the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul! I’m so excited! I can’t wait to reunite with these lovely characters and to witness their stories unfold even more.
Great story, great characters, and I learned a great deal about a different and interesting culture.