The Ruins of Us
More than two decades after moving to Saudi Arabia and marrying powerful Abdullah Baylani, American-born Rosalie learns that her husband has taken a second wife. That discovery plunges their family into chaos as Rosalie grapples with leaving Saudi Arabia, her life, and her family behind. Meanwhile, Abdullah and Rosalie's consuming personal entanglements blind them to the...more
This is head and shoulders above, for example, Zoe Ferraris books, which are so chock full of inaccuracies, like really, really basic things, that I couldn't get past page two. You can tell she never left the compound during her time in KSA.
I think it's worth a read! :)(less)
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This book was exhausting and not in a good way! I thought this was going to be a storyline about Rosalie dealing with this new situation in her family but suddenly it became this drama about which man she should choose. And giving this no-character Everyman Dan so many long chapters was furiating. I didn't care for his silly sad backstory at all.
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