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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  31 reviews
The Mother-in-Law Cure is a modern day fairy tale that chronicles the rise of the book's central character, Humara from orphan to power matriarch in an affluent family. Humara's influence spans generations and continents, but things are seldom as they appear. Humara's prosperity is not simply good fortune but stems from something dark and sinister - as those who encounter ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published September 8th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Also reviewed for Addicted2Heroines

This was a weird twisted little story, but for some odd reason I really enjoyed it.
And, no.
I don't sit around and plot my mother-in-law's demise in my spare time. She and I might be from different planets, but (as this book points out) I could have done a lot worse.
Besides, I'm probably going to be somebody's mother-in-law someday.
Of course, I'm sure I'll be much beloved my son or daughter-in-law...

According to the blurb, this book is about Humara, the evil mot
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
3.5 stars

This book has the mother-in-law from hell. She controls her family with a hint of evil. The book never comes out and actually let the reader know how she is doing it completely..but it's well done.

Miriam is the second marriage for this idiot of a son. Arranged by mommie dearest of course. Basically she is an unpaid slave that caters to Humara's (the mother-in-law) every need. She was picked for her meekness and Miriam is an orphan so hopefully she will know her place.
I kept wanting Mi
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: narrative
Rain is the first motif I notice:

A crash of thunder punctuated the silence.

Set apart from text blocks above & below it by spaces announcing it is a paragraph unto itself, the way a thunderclap bids one to be aware of electricity, to count the seconds between when one sees a flash fork & when one hears thunder again, this sentence sensitizes readers to the formal eloquence Farha Hasan perfects. As lightning splits the sky & yet through all its branches is apiece itself, in subplots & details t
Mairéad (is roaming the Undying Lands)
January 15th, 2014 - Won book in first reads giveaway of 20 books. o:

This is my first time winning a book, like wow. I'm excited. :D

{Feb 7, 2014} The REVIEW

4.5 Stars, but why not .5 more for returning to the old fairytale roots standard where everyone doesn't get their happy ever after where certain ones do?

The reason I state is that, it actually has the main character, which is Miriam in this case, strive to survive living with her "family" Then again its not much of a family, considering they
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The blurb on the back of “The Mother-in-Law Cure” warns you that “happily ever after” is not for everyone. Described as a modern fairy tale, the book has all the mythic ingredients – poverty and wealth, rich girl and poor girl, a marriage and a prince charming, but not all of them fit the required formula. Instead, Farha Hasan has rearranged the ancient story within more familiar and worldly setting, challenged traditional notions of wealth and happiness, and presented us with two women whose li ...more
Dec 16, 2013 added it
I found this book slow to start, but it picked up nicely
The Mother-In-Law Cure is an exotic story with little magic, a lot of suspense with some drama and a hint of romance
Mary Monaco
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This novel was a page turner that kept me reading to the very end. The story was rich with elements of south Asian culture while keeping the familiarity of a fairy tale classic.
Nicole Jenkins
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Loved it. I wasn't sure where it was going at first, but buy the end I was cheering. I love the story flash backs that show characters behaviors and how things come to be the way they are. I'm impressed and hope to see more from this author in the future. I won my copy for free from first reads give aways. ...more
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
A captivating book, a strong novel with a narrative pulls you in and the characters are very relatable and interesting. The author weaves the ideas of ancient enchantment mixed with modern disenchantment very well -- taking the reader on a journey that spins up and down -- a very enjoyable read.
Raza Shaikh
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A South Asian family saga with elements of the supernatural. Well written delving into traditional roles and relationships with an element of the spooky.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm quite surprised at how many good reviews and ratings this book has. Based on that (and the pretty cover, of course!), I decided to pick it up. It started off well enough, but then it just went downhill.

This book was really...strange. I finished it, but I have no idea what the story was about. It was all over the place and I personally didn't like the writing. The author spent A LOT of paragraphs saying nothing. There was so much filler and unnecessary lengthy explanations that I skipped a f
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Rather sinister and bittersweet, The Mother in Law Cure captures the ways of a matriarch wielding authority over sons, husband and anyone who gets in the way of her wishes.

It started off with Humara’s story when she was younger and beset by a hunger filled by an unexplained dark magic and with it, she was able to sway events to her ends. But somewhere along the way it becomes Miriam’s as she gradually shines from the background with her quiet ways and hidden wit. Gentle Miriam treated with indif
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was slow to start but I am so glad I stuck with it.An Enchanted , twisted story. I always really like any kind of different takes on fairy tales and this one is brilliant. The authors descriptions place you right in the story . You can see and smell everything. I thouroughly enjoyed this and hope to see more from this great author
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
A new dark twist on the old classic fairytales blending together some of the harsh realities of eastern culture with a heavy dash of the supernatural. Asks the age old question, what if the maiden in our fairytales had to save herself? Keeps you reading until the very end.
Jan 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I found this book hard to get into, and a slow reading throughout the entire novel. I would have liked to see a bit more action taking place in the novel, or more of a hook.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a jewel of a novel!! It reminds me of 'Mistress of Spices' for its magical realism, but this is a little bit 'horror' and creepy! It is also a sort of 'Practical Magic' with its stories of witches and potions, the storyline is brilliant and unpredictable. It is full of charm and spices and perfumes, of good food and ancient traditions! Really, what a feast and a surprise! Hope the author writes soon something similar! Very very good! ...more
This is a strange but entertaining enough story.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this much more than I actually did, but alas, I am one of those readers too easily distracted and annoyed by poor editing.
Jul 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Mother-in-Law Cure Thank you to patchwork Press for providing me with an egalley copy to review. I spent 99% of the book thinking it was more like the mother-in-law CURSE rather than the cure, and only at the very final chapter did I finally understand why the title was “cure”. The book presents a good idea, and what came across as a potentially good execution judging from the summary, as well as a good amount of what I thought were fascinating mentions and explanations of the Pakistani cult ...more
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
A most memorable scene is when the young couple, about to be betrothed by their families, meet each other for the first time. It is delicious to have a haunted room and an enchanted shop. Miriam poignantly "let[s] the wind claim her umbrella and carry it to the land of lost causes." There is a lot of evocative language and strong imagery in this novel.

The general focus on a family forcing themselves together reminds me a bit of Jonathan Tropper's This is Where I Leave You (although the tone
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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Lolly K Dandeneau
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
In need of a Mother-In-Law Cure indeed, this is a dark story. Who needs a poisoned apple when one has a rotten mind and diseased heart to match? This is a novel of magical realism, but it's not filled with talking happy birds, helpful dwarfs nor Prince Charming. Some of the characters are devoured by the rottenness much like original fairy tales, dark and a bit musty.
One of the novel's delights is in the location, one of which is the middle east. For many Westerner's it's insight into tradition
Aug 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
I got a free copy of this book from Netgally in exchange for an honest review. It was touted as a “fairy tale” so I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting, but I thought it would be an interesting read, and it was. I haven’t read many books where most of the characters were Pakistani, so that was new, and I enjoyed that aspect of the book. Every time they talked about the yummy, spicy food it made me hungry! The book jumps around a lot and it took a little while for me to get into the rhythm of ...more
Sarah Shayler
Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it
*I won this book through Goodreads first-reads*

More like a soap opera than a fairy tale.

A very pleasant read with a few mishaps on the way. This book gave a few laughs and a few moments of realisation that it is exactly what stereotypical mother-in-laws can be like - almost nothing is good enough for their son.

The front cover is extremely elegant and reminded me of ‘Anita and Me’ by Myra Syal, which is what drew me towards the book. A very similar feel when reading, despite the completely diff
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I have always been fascinated by different cultures and countries. And when the author Farha Z. Hasan contacted me and asked if I wanted to read her book set around a Pakistan family I immediately said yes.
The book revolves around two women, daughter- and mother in law, Miriam and Humara, and how they both go from being poor orphans in Pakistan to be married into a good family in the USA.
The book is beautifully written. I really enjoye
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book is a modern-day fairy-tale. It has elements of Cinderella and Snow White, only instead of the horrible stepmother, there is a wicked mother-in-law.

When it’s a fairy-tale, there is the automatic expectation of a happy ending, right? But the blurb at the back of the book gives enough advance warning that happily ever after is not for everyone and that’s true for this book, definitely.

I don’t want to give out more information about the story because the fun of reading this book is figuring
Patty Mccormick
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I give this novel points for creativity and originality. This book is intriguing and mysterious. What is the Mother-in-law’s secret and how does she always get what she wants? How will a mysterious potion solve all of Miriam’s (the daughter-in-law’s) problems? I found this to be a quick read. I finished it in only a couple of days. The characters are caught in the dilemma of following middle eastern traditions or breaking from them. What price will Miriam and Humara pay for getting their wishes ...more
Iram Ali
Feb 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
poorly written, inconsistent style, frivolous details, and unlikable characters. I am really surprised that so many people enjoyed this book. Any one with any knowledge of the American- Pakistani culture will not be able to relate to this.
Marilyn Stanley
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book at first didn't seem like my "cup of tea" - I found it hard to get into but after a short while, it got really interesting and I just couldn't put it down - great little fairy tale. ...more
Nancy Nance
Aug 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
A mundane and slow story. I don't know why some people liked it so much. Also, the cure remains a mystery in itself. ...more
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Farha Hasan is a writer based out of Boston of South Asian descent. She was born and bred in the South Asian community in Toronto and has a degree in business and a passion for books. Her creativity and her passion for the written word first took her into advertising and then research. A slave to fiction Farha has been reading and writing short stories since she first learned to hold a pencil. The ...more

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