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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Elaine Rippey grew up in a small town in New York. She was like most teens in the 1950s. Then something unique happened to her. She married Mohammed Imady, a Muslim from Syria. Her love for her husband brought many sacrifices to her life. She left all she knew to live in a Middle Eastern culture. She embraced the Muslim religion and lifestyle. Elaine was successful in her marriage and new land because she “opened her heart to every new experience in her adopted land, and accepted the differences with good humor and considerable grace.”
I found Elaine’s story fascinating. When I first began reading I had visions of unhappiness and a failed marriage. I could not have been farther from the truth. This is a love story. This is also a lesson in maturity and growth. She shares the history of the Imady family. She creatively weaves the stories of the past and of her circumstances. I smiled at many of the stories some out of a sense of pleasure and some because I found them humorous. It needs to be remembered that she lived the life of the wife of a cabinet member not the typical life of a closeted female.
I enjoyed Road to Damascus. It gives a different perspective on the people of Syria.