by Uzma Jalaluddin
Ayesha At Last is an homage to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice but really it is so much more on its own. Ayesha is a Canadian Muslim living in Toronto. Her family immigrated from India when she was a young girl. Khalid is also a Canadian Muslim, who works for a tech company and works to find a balance in his life between his Muslim faith, his at times over bearing mother, and how he fits in with his coworkers and friends.
I was originally drawn to the story of two modern Muslim people finding love after seeing Basheer and Fatima’s romance in the 4 Weddings and A Funeral series. Basheer and Fatima are secondary characters, but as they dated according to modern Muslim customs, they found love with each other. I loved seeing how people from another culture and religion date and fall in love and when I heard about Ayesha At Last, I knew I had to read it.
I really loved this book, which highlighted the dichotomy of honoring tradition and finding your own way while staying true to your values.
Following along as Ayesha and Khalid found love, like the titilation from brushing hands while learning to cook together, was beautiful.
The secondary characters are finely developed, some are hilarious and others are sympathetic while others are downright tragic and villainous. It was a great journey to see the growth of so many of these characters.
Review by Michele W.