"We were like two magnets, resisting each other." ~ pg. 222
Set in Sydney, Australia, Courting Samira is a rom-com about a 27-year-old Palestinian woman who finds herself in a love triangle. Coming from a traditional Muslim family, Samira has endured her fair share of arranged matches. Outside of the awkward dates in front of parents, she meets the charismatic Menem at a work retreat and is intrigued. But now her childhood friend Hakeem is acting oddly interested. Hence the unexpected love triangle!
I recommend Courting Samira to fans of The Princess Bride and Bridget Jones. There are charming moments that will make readers chuckle. The writing style is heavy on the Arabic culture which I appreciated and learned more about Muslim faith. The author also included a glossary of Arabic terms to help readers with context.
My only gripe was the humor sometimes translated to immaturity. Courtship is traditional in certain cultures and while it can have funny moments (like dates gone wrong), it should still be taken seriously. Nevertheless, if you are looking for an okay romance read with diverse characters, this is it!
Happy Pub Day, Amal Awad! Courting Samira is now available.
Disclaimer: An advance copy was received directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins. ~LiteraryMarie
Title: Courting Samira
Author: Amal Awad
Published: November 2023
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Rating: 🖤 🖤