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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Book Review: Return To The Little Coffee Shop Of Kabul By Deborah Rodriguez

This is a book review of Return To The Little Coffee Shop Of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez that was published by Random House Australia on 28 March 2016.

This is the sequel to The Little Coffee Shop Of Kabul which I read for my book club back in 2012 - you can read my review here.

Deborah Rodriguez is a hairdresser, motivational speaker and author. She has written two novels about Kabul and she has also written two memoirs about her life in Afghanistan. She spent five years teaching and directing the Kabul beauty school, the first modern beauty academy and training salon in Afghanistan. She currently lives in Mexico.

This is the story of six women - three of them live in Kabul, Afghanistan and the other three live in the Pacific Northwest of America. They are all friends who are linked from the previous story The Little Coffee Shop Of Kabul where they met. This is a few years down the track with some of the characters now living in different parts of the world.

The woman range from young to elderly and each have their own views of the Afgan religion, values and culture. I found it really interesting the younger generation and how some are very drawn to their faith whereas others have adapted a more modern approach.

Like the first book in this series, I found it difficult at times to follow each character with the names and places, who they are, and what impact they have in the story. But overall it was a nice story to read and once it kicked off I was interested in what was happening with them.

I recommend this book to anyone who has read the first book The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul and to anyone interested in life in Afghanistan.

I give this book 3 stars out of  5

Jarrah Jungle's Star Rating:
1 Bad - I'd rather eat brussel sprouts topped with anchovies than read this again
2 Not Good - I'd rather watch paint dry than read this again
3 Ok - I'm sitting on the fence - its not great but not terrible either
4 Good - I'd give up a bottle of the worlds best champagne for this read
5 Great - I'd pass up a date with Johnny Depp for this read

Return To The Little Coffee Shop Of Kabul can be purchased from the author and Random House Australia

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Disclosure:  NetGalley partner with bloggers such as me to help promote authors and their books and I was given this ebook published by Random House Australia to review. As always, all opinions are my own.

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  1. Hmm, interesting books. I haven't heard of either, but it would be interesting to read about life in Afghanistan. I really love the cover, too... I don't know why, but covers sometimes draw me into buying a book!


    1. It was a really interesting read Carrie and I know what you mean I especially love this cover!


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