Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Seventeen-year-old Pasha practically lives on his roof in the summer of 1973 along with his best friend Ahmed. Pasha has fallen in love with the girl next door, Zari, but feels immense guilt because she is engaged to Doctor, a man Pasha respects and looks up to. The summer serves to increase the friendship between Pasha and Zari but ends in a tragedy which will change the way Pasha sees the Iran he lives in.
I am absolutely in love with this book. I soared through it because I just could not put it down. The characters seemed to jump off the page. Pasha and Ahmed as best friends was so believable. They teased each other and embarrassed each other but were always there for each other when needed most. I think I loved their scenes the most because they reminded me of how I am with my best friend.
I loved the rich setting of the novel. I fell in love with the people in Pasha’s alley. They were so loving and caring. There was a warmth and a togetherness that I do not see in my little neighborhood and wish I could. This novel had everything going for it, and I can only wish that I can find another book that made me feel as deeply as this book has made me feel!
The Accidental Mother by Rowan Coleman is the story of Sophie, a woman who thinks she knows exactly what she wants in life and only figures what she truly desires once her life is turned completely upside down. After the death of her childhood best friend Carrie, Sophie becomes the guardian of her two children Bella and Izzy. Sophie who has never interacted with kids before is completely out of her element taking on the too grown up six-year-old Bella and the whirlwind three-year-old Izzy.
Sophie tries to juggle the two girls without losing her job and the promotion which doesn’t seem all that far off. Throughout this, Sophie is being pursued by Jake, one of her American clients. She had been crushing on him for weeks, but now that his attentions are focused on her, she’s not sure if he’s really the man for her. Wanting the children residing in her apartment to be temporary especially after the demise of her makeup collection and several items of her wardrobe, Sophie hires a private detective to find the girls’ absentee father Louis who left Carrie and Bella before Izzy was born.
I really enjoyed this book and found myself crying during the more touching moments. Sophie really grew on me as the book went on because she was incredibly human. Motherhood didn’t come as naturally to her as it does to other people, and it was warming to see her try to adjust to the two girls suddenly in her life. She had no idea what she was doing as her many blunders show, but she finds ways to help both girls cope with their mother’s death. All the characters in this novel are remarkably human. Each of them, even Louis has his layers. This was a wonderful read about motherhood and coping with death that didn’t become cliché or too unrealistic.