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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Remembering Hope by Parastoo Rezai is the story of a woman trying to keep her family intact while facing overwhelming odds. Bahar is an Iranian woman brought up in a conservative culture. After her childhood friend Shirin introduces Bahar to her cousin, Omid, Bahar finds herself falling deeply in love with him. Soon, the two of them end up getting married, and Bahar relocates to San Diego. She slowly acclimatizes herself to American culture and, over the years, finds herself blessed with two healthy boys. But when Omid is diagnosed with a brain tumor, her entire life falls apart. As she deals with her husband's treatment, Bahar comes to learn about their dwindling finances. With the help of her friends and family, Bahar slowly puts things in order, but her own diagnosis complicates her life further.
Author Parastoo Rezai tells a heartbreaking tale of a woman going through a grueling life crisis with her husband's failing health and her determination to keep her family afloat through financial troubles. The narrative is well-paced, taking the reader through every aspect of Bahar's life as she navigates trying circumstances and becomes an independent woman of her own. There is a sense of authenticity to the characters that makes you root for them and turn the pages in eager anticipation of what's to come. Despite the harrowing circumstances that Bahar goes through, Remembering Hope encapsulates the power of perseverance against all odds and how caring friends and family make bleak situations easier to navigate. If you enjoy reading inspirational stories featuring strong women, I highly recommend this book.