• I have been taking advantage of these gorgeous sunny days we have been having in England lately (although it's cloudy today, meh) and reading all those books I have wanted to read, but never got round to.

    If you haven't read this book, then you definitely should read it. I've had this on my 'to read' shelf for years. I'm so glad I finally got round to it, as it is one of the best books I've ever read. 

    The story is set in Afghanistan and spans the period from the 1970s up to 2003. The story follows two women, Mariam and Laila in a country where women are, in effect, second-class citizens. We see the characters deal with everything from grief and rejection, to abuse and fear. Yet, the characters show incredible dignity, strength and love in the face of adversity.

    I have never really studied the Afghan troubles in depth, so I felt like I was being educated too.  Hosseini, through the characters provides us with an incredibly powerful insight into what life was like during those times for the people, in particular the women, of Afghanistan.

    It is one of those stories that really touches your heart. It is both a heart-breaking and a heart-warming story all at the same time. You will need your tissues to hand. I shed a private tear from behind my sunglasses. I don't know why the need to keep it private. I think maybe there is just something a little more personal when you have connected with the characters in a book as opposed to watching a film. 

    Has anyone else read the book? What did you think? 

    Helen xoxo