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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Two Worlds Apart by Gail Rose Thompson is a beautiful story that has strong cultural and political underpinnings. Zarah Kadjar is sent to study in the US at the school where her mother, Louisa, studied. While there, she begins to develop a fondness for America. Her story follows a tale of love, horses, and politics. She is oblivious to the political changes taking place in her homeland. Everything changes for her when the moment comes to return home. Follow her story as she transitions from a mere lover of horses to one of the most powerful women in Iran.
This character-driven story follows the life of Zahra Kadjar as she transforms from a pampered young girl to a woman who makes a huge difference. The author does a wonderful job in the creation of this character and readers can actually follow her as her personality develops. The international setting is expertly written and the author uses the contrasting settings to build the conflict, allowing the social, cultural, and political differences to come across brilliantly.
Gail Rose Thompson’s characters are elaborately developed and they are real, from Louisa, Ali, Grace, to the protagonist of the story and many others. There is humanity written into the pages and the realism in the writing makes it an enjoyable read. I loved the gorgeous and atmospheric writing, the exciting political setting, the author’s deft handling of the theme of love, and the strong characters. Two Worlds Apart is an exciting story that explores what it takes to reconcile two cultures; entertaining and utterly engaging.