No More Mulberries is a story of commitment and divided loyalties, of love and loss, set against a country struggling through transition.
British-born Miriam’s marriage to her Afghan doctor husband is heading towards crisis. Despite his opposition, she goes to work as a translator at a medical teaching camp in a remote area of rural Afghanistan hoping time apart will help are see where their problems lie. She comes to realise how unresolved issues from when her first husband was killed by a mujahideen group are damaging her relationship with her husband and her son – but is it already too late to save her marriage?
4.5 starsNo More Mulberries by Mary Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed No more Mulberries. The story’s strength lies in its cultural detail, and in its great variety of characters. The tale transports you away to Afghanistan to a country we all have heard a lot about, but few have ever been there. It doesn’t shy away from mentioning the truth of living in Afghanistan where losing face and a woman’s place and freedoms are far different than in the west. It also touches upon the stigma of leprosy. And yet, with all the trials and tribulations there is a sense of how much Miriam loves this adoptive country, so much so, that she decides to convert her faith and become a muslim.
It is a slow burn of a story, with much detail in the beginning explaining the path that took Miriam from Scotland to living in Afghanistan. It is also a love story, and in some ways a love triangle between the ghost of her dearly departed first love, who was killed, and her new husband Iqbal with tensions apparent especially towards the end of the story.
The ending was emotionally powerful and brought all the threads of the story to a satisfying conclusion. I began to understand Miriam’s motivations and her actions.
A well-written, engaging story which I would highly recommend especially to those who appreciate cultural stories about family, marriage, love and honour.
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Have you read No More Mulberries? ‘d love to hear your thoughts.
I did read No More Mulberries and loved it as well. I found the detailed descriptions of the land, people and culture fascinating. A great review!
Thank you Darlene. Yes, a lovely book, so detailed, and well written with much to recommend it. 🙂
I enjoyed this read too, Marje. It takes place in a part of the world that I know little about and I enjoyed that aspect as a backdrop to the human story. Great review.
Thank you Diana. Yes, me too, it is a world away from our usual experience.
A wonderful review for one of my favourite books Marje.. I can see this as a film, especially set against such an incredible backdrop…I will share in an update soon..hugs
Yes, I agree. I can imagine it as a film too Sally. 🙂
A lovely and detail review of this book, Marje.
Thank you Robbie. I enjoyed this very much. 🙂
Great review, Marje. It sounds like a compelling read.
It certainly is Denise. 🙂
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, as well. Mary does a wonderful job of introducing the reader to a different way of life.
Awesome review, Marje!
Thank you Jacquie, such a lovely book. Reviewing is one of the things I love to do. It is great to support fellow indie authors.
Many thanks, Marje, for such a great review. It made me day 🙂
My pleasure Mary. I enjoyed this so much. So glad it made your day. x
I left a comment saying thank you, Marje but it hasn’t appeared. Trying again.
Hi Mary, it’s here now. Thank you so much . <3 x
A lovely review. I am going to pick up the book. Thank you Marje.
Thank you so much. That warms my heart. Happy reading! <3
I downloaded the book from Kindle and have started reading it 🙂
Thank you so much Smitha. Happy reading. <3
I hope you enjoy it as much as Marje did 🙂
Thank you Mary. I like what I’ve read so far. Will let you know once I’m done.🙂
I just posted a review on the book. Thoroughly reading it Mary. Thank you Marje once again. Have linked your review to my blog.
That’s wonderful Smitha. Great to know. So pleased for Mary. Will pop over!
Beautiful review for Mary’s book, Marje <3
Thank you Debby. Really enjoyed so much. 🙂