Awakened by Love by Azin Sametipour

Summary: From the critically acclaimed and award-winning author, Azin Sametipour, comes a breath-taking story about forbidden love, heartbreak and identity.

Born in California into a Muslim family from Iran, Zoha Farzam thought she had her entire life planned. Graduating from UC Davis in just three years, and attending Stanford Medical School. Even removing her scarf without her parents knowing was a carefully planned rebellion, but she never in her wildest dreams planned Ethan. Ethan Renard was everything she was not, and when he made her question everything she believed in, Zoha found herself being torn between her happiness and her duty. Would she risk everything, her family, her faith, and even her reputation for him?

A moving portrait about the challenges one faces from being in two cultures, or falling in love with someone who is, and the hard decisions one must make to be true to oneself.

Awakened by Love is astonishingly beautiful and frighteningly honest.
Critics call it captivating, powerful and a novel for everyone.

My Review: 

This book sat on “currently reading shelf” way too long. As a traveler, Iranian culture is one that is always so fascinating to me. I am not sure why but I am always gravitating towards books that are set in Iran or based on an Iranian family. I have read other works by this author and I knew I would love this book.

I did love this book. It is a beautiful and captivating story that is so hard to put down. There are moments that you will physically hurt for the couple because you have to wonder how true this is for so many couples (not just Iranians)

Such a beautiful story that is an absolute must read, I can’t wait to read what happens next!

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