No More Mulberries, by Author Mary Smith
Scottish born Margaret, now Miriam, can’t milk a goat but she can birth a baby and educate not only patients, but young students too. When her Afghan husband tells her she is no longer to teach as it may damage not only her, but his reputation also, she realizes this is it… This is her life now. She is no longer a teacher and she needs to adapt, and learn the village mentality.
Married for five years, with a son from her previous marriage and a young daughter together, Miriam feels her and Iqbal are growing apart. They work together at a clinic, and when foreigner Dr. Jeanine visits with an assignment for Miriam alone, Dr. Iqbal is furious, as Afghan women do not travel without their husbands.
But Miriam travels anyways, despite her husband’s wishes, and on this journey she not only completes her assignment, but she helps patients, puts the past to rest, and discovers something about herself that paves the way to heal her marriage with Iqbal.
This book is excellent. Mary Smith is an excellent storyteller. She blends history with fiction, and accurately portrays life for modern families living in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
No More Mulberries by Mary Smith is a story about customs, reputation, love, and marriage. I highly recommend this compelling story to anyone who enjoys women’s fiction, fiction about living in a foreign country, and multicultural marriage stories!
5 Mulberries! 🙂
I received an E-copy of No More Mulberries by the Author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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