Not sure what to write about this. I enjoyed the story and it was well-written, but to me nothing special. Hated the ending – don’t worry, I won’t give it away, but the last line just sounded so corny I was quite shocked. The book as a whole is not simplistic, but the ending made it seem that way.
I think maybe this is one of those cases where the hype was so massive that the reality is bound to disappoint. It was an interesting depiction of a woman who moves to England in an arranged marriage and gradually, over decades, changes from someone who accepts her fate to someone who takes charge of it.
Part of the difficulty of the book lies in the fact that for much of it, Nazneen is so accepting of her fate. This is consistent with the character, but doesn’t make for a great story until much later in the book where she starts to take action. Unfortunately some of the things she does when she starts to take action are not very believable, like joining an activist group and having an affair with its organiser. It’s quite a big leap, and didn’t convince me totally.
Overall I don’t regret reading this, but I do feel as if I would have been better off reading it with lower expectations.