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Book Review: Three Daughters

From the fertile hills of a tiny village near Jerusalem to the elegant townhouses of Georgetown, Three Daughters is a historical saga that chronicles the lives, loves, and secrets of three generations of Palestinian Christian women.

Three Daughters chronicles the lives of Miriam, Nadia and Nijmeh – three generations of daughters, wives and mothers. Although distinct personalities with their own secrets, their lives are finely connected not only by blood but by culture and the fine threads of society.

Each woman, in her own time and in her own way, experiences a world in transition through war and social change…and each must stretch the bounds of her loyalty, her courage, and her heart.

It seems I’ve been on a fantastic streak of finding and reading great historical fiction. Three Daughters is a reprint of Consuelo Saah Baehr’s Daughters of 1988.

Although the prologue reads like a history-lesson, Baehr soon weaves a tapestry of colour and personality. I was never bored and became engrossed in the lives of each protagonist..

Baehr writes tangible and well-formed characters. I felt like their family-members were my family, too.

I loved reading a book set in Palestine – something I’d never read – and learning more about the history of this part of the world. There is so much we are not taught and so much about the regions socio-politics that I did not know.

When I finally finished reading this (720 pages) I just sighed. I felt so attached to the setting and the family that I just wanted to continue reading. It feels like one of the best books I’ve read this year and is on par with The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh and The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani.

This is not just a book about women – it is about fathers and family, tradition and modernisation, identity and belonging. It plucks at all the right heartstrings.

Over many years it created a thrill of possession that enlarged the heart. That’s what her father had told her. The land – and everything on it – holds and nourishes, heals and comforts, melds one generation to the next.

Read this book – I can’t emphasise that enough!

I received a copy of this book for review vie NetGalley. This has not biased my opinion.

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