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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
I was pleasantly surprised by Abbey's Search for Sanctuary by Eris Field. I had a feeling that I wouldn't like it. I don't know why. Maybe the couple on the cover just looked too perfect. It irritates me when characters in novels are too good and their problems are easily solved. But to my delight, the people and problems in Abbey's Search for Sanctuary are very real indeed. They have real problems like passing a job interview or being ashamed of things that aren't really their fault. I liked looking into the lives of people from the medical profession in a big city like New York. Many of these characters are new immigrants to America and their stories, especially the women, are intriguing. With all the friction between America and the Muslim countries of the Middle East, I feel it makes sense to learn a little more about these cultures. Abbey's Search for Sanctuary is a great place to start.
I liked several things about Abbey's Search for Sanctuary. I liked Eris Field's writing. It carried me along. I read this book in one weekend, I couldn't stop, and the time flew by. I loved the insight into Kurdish and Turkish history and family life. I have been to that part of the world, but still know very little about it. A novel like this gives me insight into customs, traditional beliefs, and recent politics and history. But the hands down best thing about Abbey's Search for Sanctuary is the main protagonist, Abbey Aksoy. I love this character. I want to meet her. I want to marry her. Eris Field's deft writing had me in love with Abbey by chapter three. A great job.