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The Shores of Our Souls

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Qasim, an Arab Muslim U.N. official fleeing family obligations in 1980s war-torn Lebanon meets Dianna, escaping her rural Southern roots to become a researcher at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Will their love be enough in this war-torn, conflict-weary world? Ramsperger's debut novel gives an entirely new perspective on the controversial conflicts in our hearts and in our ...more
Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by TouchPoint Press
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Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, romance
When I first read the book description of ‘The Shores of Our Souls’, I knew this was a book I wanted to read. I love romance novels. And this book about a young American woman and a Arib Muslim U.N. official just sounded like something new and different than the other romance books I read.

Dianna is this young American woman who works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. and tries to pay of her debts. She is estranged from her mother, who is very sick. And above all Dianna seems to want to be love
An interesting debut novel centering around two lost souls from different cultures who discover each other and begin a somewhat complicated relationship. Qasim is an Arab Muslim who left Lebanon to become an U.N official. Dianna is a young naive woman working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Two different people and two different worlds may keep them apart but also may bring them closer together. Compassion, understanding, and acceptance of ones culture are all part of this debut novel. I'll b ...more
Kathleen Rodgers
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A stunning debut novel that both enlightens and entertains, Shores Of Our Souls by Kathryn Brown Ramsperger is a story for our times. This well written tale shifts back and forth in time between the two main characters, Qasim, born and raised in war-torn Lebanon, and Dianna, a southern girl living in New York City. When they meet in a chance encounter, cultures clash along with two lost souls looking for love and acceptance in a world that wants to keep them apart.

Ms. Ramsperger’s skills shine
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Many times this summer, I’ve delayed writing a review after finishing a book simply because it’s so hard to find an hour or two of quiet to dedicate to it (I love my kids, but quiet they are not). Not the case here. This time I delayed writing the review because I’m still rolling the book around in my head, trying to figure out how to approach it. It’s a strange book. Both difficult and easy to summarize. Easy if you look at the plot alone – two people with very different experiences of the worl ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Dianna is looking for something new and exciting to get her out of her slump. In 1980's New York City, Dianna works for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, however she is stuck typing out little green cards all day. Dianna longs to travel and help people, do something useful. Dianna meets Qasim and sparks fly. Qasim is older and well traveled. He is an Arab-Muslim U.N. official from Beirut, Lebanon. Qasim has known war in his home country for most of his life, and the present is no different. Qasim ...more
Right out of college in the early 1980s, Dianna gets a job in as a cataloger for a New York City museum, struggling to find more meaningful work and make ends meet while she sends money home to help support her family in Virginia. She meets and falls in love with Qasim, an older man from Lebanon who works for the United Nations but is absorbed in how to bring peace to his country as civil war and violence rages there. This is so much more than a love story of two people facing serious cultural o ...more
Claire Fullerton
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm so impressed with this story! Its tense, subject matter, and setting treads upon terrain I've never braved before, and after reading this page turning novel, I stand informed about a culture I knew little about. If you've ever been curious about the Middle East, and if you like an uncommon love story between an Arab Muslim and a Southerner, then grab hold of this novel and savor every beautiful line. Because The Shores of our Souls is tightly woven and masterfully written, it is not a book t ...more
Jeanette Bailey
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely wonderful read. I could not put the book down and I wanted it to continue after I turned the last page.
This is the type of book that teaches you as it entertains you. It teaches about the Middle East events. How and why the people are effected emotionally and culturally and how little we know of this in our society.
Kathryn Brown Ramsperger has obviously traveled the world and understands that everyone has needs and desires that are formed by many reasons.
This book entwines two e
Karen Smithson
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I cannot say enough good things about this book! It is beautifully written with keen insight that enhances understanding of the divide between the cultures of the Arabic Middle East and the West. The story is engrossing, enlightening, and a joy to read. I would love to continue on with the journey of the two main characters and hope that there's a sequel in the works!
Faith 09
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read a book quite like this in a while. I went right through it in a few hours! Absolutely loved it.
Anne McNulty
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it

Debut author, Kathryn Brown Ramsperger has just published her beautifully written novel"The Shores of Our Souls." This love story that takes place between Dianna, a naive young woman just beginning her adult life and Qasim a U.N. diplomat from war-torn Lebanon, is fraught with conflicts that in spite of their great love for each other, threaten to tear them apart.

Told from alternate points of view, the reader becomes immersed in the both of their stories, and in the complex issues they face. Di
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Novels set in the 1980s fascinate me, especially when they revolve around a culture I know very little about. Kathryn Brown Ramsperger's The Shores of Our Souls is one such book. Using both first and third person points of view, Ramsperger lets us fully into the story of Qasim and Dianna, while at the same time maintaining a distance that made this reader pause and appreciate the author's intentions. Qasim, an Arab Muslim United Nations official, has fled war-torn Beirut, Lebanon, years before h ...more
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Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Shores of Our Souls is a beautiful, poetic read.
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