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Reviewed by Justine Reyes for Readers' Favorite
The tale of The Unseen Blossom starts with the serendipitous friendship formed between co-authors L’mere Younossi and Zlaikha Y. Samad, and without their friendship The Unseen Blossom may have stayed unseen. The story begins during a hot day in Kabul with Zuli resting beneath the shade of a fig tree. She is suddenly pulled away into the fig tree’s trunk. There she meets Lamar, a young and enthusiastic man on a mission to discover the legendary fig blossom. The fig blossom is a mystical flower that many men have sought, but it has never been found. Lamar tells Zuli that she is the chosen one and together they will find the fig blossom and, with it, they will be able to heal the grief and sadness in the hearts of people in their nation.
The Unseen Blossom is a book I truly believe people of any age will be able to resonate with. It is reminiscent of classic tales of adventure like The Wizard of Oz, Treasure Island, and Homer’s Odyssey. Younossi and Samad do a marvelous job at drawing parallels between the reality we live in and the quaint world they’ve created. The themes explored in The Unseen Blossom are that of morality, innocence, love, and the exploration of the desire for peace. Younossi and Samad have created a beautiful and poetic novel that anyone can read effortlessly. It is important to note that a portion of the proceeds The Unseen Blossom makes will be donated to help children living in war-torn and impoverished places.