Book Review | Sweet Dates in Basra by Jessica Jiji

Title: Sweet Dates in Basra: A Novel
Author: Jessica Jiji

I have never read anything by Ms. Jiji before, but I was certainly pleased with this novel and the beauty of its premise. {and have since been looking to find other books she may have written.}

Set in Iraq during World War Two, Sweet Dates in Basra is a compelling tale of love, friendship, traditions and religion.

The three main characters in this novel are Shafiq {a Jewish boy}, his friend Omar {a Muslim who is more like a brother than a friend} and Kathmiya {a young Arab girl who is sent to Basra to work by her family.}

Kathmiya meets Shafiq and as fate would have it love ensues. Of course there are certain traditions and religious beliefs that dictate love and honor and the loss of your honor can result in death.

I feel kind of at a loss for words with this novel and I think if you enjoy a good love story mixed with the reality of the past you will certainly want to add this to your list of books you must read.

I loved learning about a different culture and a different time in history, and reading it made me realize again how blessed I am to live in this time and in this wonderful country called Canada.

Thanks for a lovely book Ms. Jiji.

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*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Vicki is a single woman living in Nova Scotia, Canada who loves to read, sing, cook for her friends and family and scrapbook. She loves to keep busy, hang out with her boyfriend and his cat and only sits still long enough to read and review books for "Simply Stacie."

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