#TuesdayBookReview- No More Mulberries by @MarySmithWriter #WomensFic


Scottish-born midwife, Miriam loves her work at a health clinic in rural Afghanistan and the warmth and humour of her women friends in the village, but she can no longer ignore the cracks appearing in her marriage. Her doctor husband has changed from the loving, easy-going man she married and she fears he regrets taking on a widow with a young son, who seems determined to remain distant from his stepfather.
When Miriam acts as translator at a medical teaching camp she hopes time apart might help her understand the cause of their problems. Instead, she must focus on helping women desperate for medical care and has little time to think about her failing marriage. When an old friend appears, urging her to visit the village where she and her first husband had been so happy. Miriam finds herself travelling on a journey into her past, searching for answers to why her marriage is going so horribly wrong.
Her husband, too, has a past of his own – from being shunned as a child to the loss of his first love.

Biography

Mary Smith has always loved writing. As a child she wrote stories in homemade books made from wallpaper trimmings – but she never thought people could grow up and become real writers. She spent a year working in a bank, which she hated – all numbers, very few words – ten years with Oxfam in the UK, followed by ten years working in Pakistan and Afghanistan. She longed to allow others to share her amazing, life-changing experiences so she wrote about them – fiction, non-fiction, poetry and journalism. And she discovered the little girl who wrote stories had become a real writer after all.
Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Women is an account of her time in Afghanistan and her debut novel No More Mulberries is also set in Afghanistan.
Mary loves interacting with her readers and her website is http://www.marysmith.co.uk.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000934032543
Twitter: https://twitter.com/marysmithwriter
Blogs: http://novelpointsofview.blogspot.co.uk
http://marysmith57.wordpress.com/2014/07

Mary lives in beautiful south west Scotland and is currently working, with award-winning photographer Phil McMenemy, on an illustrated book on the town of Dumfries.

Photo by Suliman Sallehi on Pexels.com

My Review of No More Mulberries

When Miriam literally runs into the man of her dreams, Jarad, she doesn’t realize what a profound impact he will have on her future.

Convincing his family doesn’t come easily, but in the end their love triumphs and the young couple marry. Miriam takes to the cultural differences of her new country and thrives- until the sudden death of her husband.

Lost, desolate, but determined to raise their son in his father’s homeland, Miriam agrees to wed Iqbal and travel with him to his village to act as midwife in his clinic. Iqbal is kind and generous, but rigid in his belief of a woman’s place in his home.

Over time, resentment builds and when Miriam is offered a chance to get away to a teaching school for a couple of months she decides to accept.

What follows is a journey into the past for both Miriam and Iqbal, who carries burdens of his own.

This story is written with an obvious affection for the Afghan people and their culture. I enjoyed learning about a way of life so far removed from mine. Though Afghanistan has its problems, it’s a beautiful country with kind and caring people.

I give No More Mulberries 5 stars- this is a must-read!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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31 thoughts on “#TuesdayBookReview- No More Mulberries by @MarySmithWriter #WomensFic

  1. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader July 28, 2020 — 2:05 am

    Oh wow what a story Jacquie!

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    1. This is a truly interesting read, Sophie- highly recommended!

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  2. I knew by the title this one was going to tug at heartstrings. All the best to Mary.

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    1. It’s a great way to introduce westerners to a different lifestyle- well worth the read.

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  3. Wow, Jacquie, what a wonderful surprise! I only knew you’d done a review when I saw someone had tweeted it. Thank you so much. I’m really pleased you enjoyed No More Mulberries. Thank you.

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    1. I really enjoyed the story, Mary, and thanks to the informative posts (including photos) on your blog, I recognized many of the settings 🙂

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  4. I loved this book too. A great review.

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    1. Thank you, Darlene. This is a great read.

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  5. Wonderful review Jacquie for a book that very much enjoyed.. hugsx

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    1. Mary did a wonderful job with these characters and the setting. I could feel the sand in my teeth, lol

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  6. I really enjoyed this book too, Jacquie, and also felt like I’d learned something about a part of the world that I knew little about. A lovely review. 🙂

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    1. I particularly enjoyed the way the author immerses the reader into the day-to-day aspect of Afghan life.
      It’s well-written, informative, and interesting!

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      1. My thoughts exactly. I read it when the US was on a campaign to destroy the country and it was such a good reminder that people are people.

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  7. A fabulous review to share, Jacquie. Bravo to Mary! 🙂

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    1. No More Mulberries is so good, Natalie- highly recommended!

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  8. It sounds like a thoroughly engaging story, Jacquie. I’ve seen other excellent reviews for this book around the blogopshere. All the best to Mary!

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    1. I enjoy her blog very much. When I saw she’d written a book on the subject I had to buy it- and I’m glad I did!

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  9. This sounds good. I enjoy cultural novels that wash us in the world of others I wouldn’t otherwise meet. Thanks, Jacquie.

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    1. Agreed. We tend to think of Afghanistan in terms of war and injured civilians, but their culture isn’t understood. This story was so interesting in that regard.

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      1. They do have an amazing and deep culture. I wouldn’t mind living in a culture that wasn’t based in buying stuff!

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  10. D.L. Finn, Author July 28, 2020 — 9:05 am

    Great review, Jacquie:) I have to add this to my TBR list.

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    1. It’s so good, Denise. The perfect accompaniment to Mary’s wonderful blog.

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  11. I must read this. Thanks for the review Jacquie. 🙂

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  12. Excellent review, Jacque. I have this on my Kindle and can’t wait to get to it.

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    1. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, John 🙂

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      1. If I live long enough to get to it.😁

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        1. I hope you do, too, John!

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          1. Hahahaha. Thanks, Mary.

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  13. Excellent review, Jacquie! Very interesting!

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    1. This book opened my eyes to a different culture, Saania- well worth the read.

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