Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 8/29/19- 9/2/19

I am literally going in without a clue about what this book is about. Using context clues from the cover, I am assuming that it is about a Muslim woman/girl, and that’s all I got. Also, all the gifts look beautiful, so I don’t know what that means, but I like it.

Page 1

Okay, so I still know nothing, but this is extremely cute. It seems like so many of these OUABC boxes have either a coffee mug or a tea cup, so I’m glad we are staying on brand here. But hopefully by the next gift, I actually can tell you something about the story!

Page 197

Is now the time to tell you all that I have never read Pride and Prejudice? This book is supposed to be essentially the Muslim version of P&P, so I don’t know much going in about what is going to happen. As for the gift, the notebook is incredibly beautiful, and when I need a lined notebook, I will be sure to grab this one!

As for the story: Ayesha is a substitute teacher. Her family has taught her to fall in love rather than depend on the arranged marriage system. Her cousin, Hafsa, had reached the age where she is accepting proposals from eligible men, but she doesn’t really seem to know where her life is headed. Khalid is a very strict Muslim. He wears the robes, has the beard, doesn’t touch women, and performs all his daily prayers. His mother, Farzana, is trying to get him a suitable wife. Khalid is a ecommerce programmer (I think), and his female boss does not like his attire and overall religious actions, so she forces him to work for a lingerie site in an effort to get him flustered and quit, which so far hasn’t worked. In fact, it has seemed to backfire.

When the mosque begins to go under, they begin to organize a Muslims in Action conference to encourage younger members to join their congregation. Ayesha is asked to go, and since Hafsa missed, everyone thought she was Hafsa. Khalid also participates in the planning committee, and he finds himself around “Hafsa” quite a bit. They seem to hit it off in their time together, but when Farzana finds out what is going on, she begins to scheme to get Khalid and the real Hafsa engaged.

Page 272

Ladies and gentlemen, the print-off gift of the box! It is nice to feel like part of the story, but these gifts are my least favorite to get.

The story: Ayesha is heartbroken when the news breaks that Khalid and Hafsa are engaged. Tarek, one of the planners for MIA, has a history with Khalid’s sister, Zareena. Zareena was shipped to India after finding herself in trouble in Canada, so she is a sensitive subject. Khalid is frustrated because he fell in love with Ayesha in their times together, but his responsibility is to marry Hafsa.

Page 306

Ugh this is too cute! It is a little difficult to get the USB stick out, but it is so cute and fun! I love this! I’m not going to share anymore of the story, but I did want to show you all the gift!

Conclusion

This was an incredibly cute story. While she uses Urdu words, all words are quickly translated or has clear context clues as to what they mean. The writing style was easy to read, though there were times, especially at the end of chapters, where I felt like she ended a scene before it was ready. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars, and I would love to read Pride and Prejudice to see the comparisons!

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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