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Sadaf Zia is OceanPearl Books honored Guest Reviewer.

She is a young mother to two girls, currently residing in Australia. Sadaf was always an avid reader, however the distraction of family life and moving halfway across the world have left her with little time to read. She still reads occasionally, even if it takes her over a month to complete each book!

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Books Reviewed by Sadaf

  1. All Creatures Great and Small
  2. An Italian Wife



All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

Guest Reviewer: Sadaf

All Creatures Great and Small is a recounting by James Herriot, an aspiring veterinarian, who finds an apprenticeship in the rural Yorkshire Dales. Herriot takes us along on his multiple visits – some in middle of blistering winter nights, and tells chilling and heartwarming tales of the animals and their farmers. Weaved in with tragic tales of loss and love are lighthearted moments, particularly Herriot’s relationship with a Pekinese, Tricki Woo who has his own stationary and occasionally sends letters and invitations to the budding vet.

I never imagined I could enjoy a book about a veterinarian this much. Herriot gives you insight into the complexities of a profession that most would never give a second thought. All Creatures Great and Small was a beautifully heartwarming book and I really never wanted it to end.

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Rating: 5/5

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An Italian Wife by Ann Hood

An Italian Wife by Ann Hood

Guest Reviewer: Sadaf

An Italian Wife follows the life story of Josephine Rimaldi, who starts out as a young 15 year old forced into a traditional marriage to a man much older than herself. Eventually Josephine follows her husband to the United States and gives birth to seven children – a duty that she feels is required of an “Italian wife”.  The seventh child, a beautiful girl is born out of wedlock and given up for adoption unbeknownst to her husband. The book has a loosely knit plot in which we are given brief insight into Josephine’s children, and grandchildren through the ages. Josephine continues to search for her daughter and in the end we see that the two nearly cross paths as Josephine prepares for a birthday celebration in her honor at a hospice.

This  is a book that could have had a lot of potential but because of the abstract plot, it leaves the reader wanting to know more about each character that is introduced. Also, its difficult to keep track of the different children and grandchildren and their separate lives and escapades do not necessarily tie into a central theme.

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Rating 3/5

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