Review of ‘Far from home’ by Lorelie Brown.

I read this book blurb at first and wasn’t interested. However, after seeing some very good reviews I decided to give it a try. I wasn’t disappointed as I really enjoyed it.

In the surface, this is a story about a sham marriage between Rachel, an American citizen with a hefty student loans debt, and Pari an Indian woman in need of a green card who eventually fall in love with each other. But it’s so much more. The story, written in first person from Rachel’s point of view, submerges the reader into her world of insecurities, low self esteem and her struggle with anorexia. Written in present tense, it resembles to a diary or a chronicle of her struggle. The reader gets into her head and it’s impossible not to suffer for her in the process. Despite this point of view centred in Rachel, the author describes Pari thoroughly and it’s very interesting to see the culture clash between them. In that sense, the secondary characters, specially Pari’s family, offer a multidimension and richness to the story so it doesn’t only navigate in Rachel’s issues.

All in all a great romance with more substance than the average. I recommend it highly. 4 stars.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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