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As seen on The Today Show! One of the best summer romance picks!

One of Publishers Weekly Best Romance Books of 2019!

A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.


Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Berkley Books
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Miranda Reads
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let's keep the momentum going - who's ready for a Muslim-Canadian Romance winner for the GR choice awards? VOTE NOW!!

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"You're very honest."
"I have been told it's one of my worst qualities."
Ayesha is in her late twenties, unmarried and works for a living ( *cue the muted gasps of horror* ).

As a modern Muslim, she walks through life with her head held high. Her best friend has a live-in boyfriend, she teaches at a coed school and...she's lonely. Very lonely.

Her younger cousin, Hafsa, seems to
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Meredith
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
“Sometimes there were no words, only sunshine on your heart.”

Ayesha at Last is a romantic comedy about marriage, love, and family in the Muslim culture. The plot loosely mirrors Pride and Prejudice but also incorporates elements of Shakespeare and other literature.


The main characters, Ayesha and Khalid are not the typical characters who appear in commercial fiction. Ayesha is a strong, independent Muslim woman who is trying to find herself. Khalid too is trying to find himself. He uses his
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Liz
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The editors don’t do this book any favors comparing it to Pride and Prejudice. Other than a similar quote at the beginning and two headstrong characters, there aren’t many similarities until you get to the end. The comparison was actually a distraction, as I kept looking for similarities that weren’t there. If anything, this reminds me more of a Shakespearean comedy with its mistaken identities.

I’m not usually a fan of women’s literature, but I found this book engaged both by head and my heart.
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: maybe, netgalley
Three point five, should I round it up or down ….Up, down , up down, funk you up, up for fantastically developed, amazingly-rounded, strong hero and heroine, sweet, enjoyable rom-com materials capture your heart by extending through pages, down for cliches, third person narration, up for in the name of Jane Austen love , but down for “ it is not close to any other Jane Austen” books, there are too many cheesy parts, oh come on decide, okay, rounded down to three stars.

First of all, I think
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Erin
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Because while it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single Muslim man must be in want of a wife, there's an even greater truth:To his Indian mother, his own inclinations are of secondary importance.
All the stars for this debut Canadian author! Ayesha at Last was without a doubt my most anticipated 2018 release. Come on, a modern P&P set in Toronto and featuring two Muslim characters. It was absolutely perfect and I was all too sorry when it was finished. The characters(main and
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Kaceey
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5*

Well played. I was expecting my dose of romantic comedy. But I came away with an unexpected, profoundly deeper read!
Heavy tones of race, religion, sexual equality and even fat shaming laced throughout. Yes, this book has it all. And somewhere in the mix is a budding romance.
I must say, sadly the romance somehow gets lost in the story.

“Choose laughter over tears”

Ayesha is a young single Muslim woman living with her family in Canada. While she dreams of someday getting married, it appears
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may ❀
i meant to write this a very long time ago and then i forgot oops hehe

MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD

this book honestly had great potential. judging by the synopsis alone, it basically sounded like the greatest book that would ever grace my life.

when i picked it up, i became instantly invested in the story but somewhere along the way, between the teeny tiny font and the excessively long sentences, my emotional attachment slowly withered away to nothing

muslim rep/stereotypes
- i thought this had a strong
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Susanne  Strong
3.5 Stars* (rounded up)

Being yourself and following your heart is not always easy, nor is it allowed.

In the Muslim culture, arranged marriages are often the norm. Ayesha, however, has never done what her family expects of her. Older than the other girls in her community, Ayesha also has a job: she’s a substitute school teacher and is also a gifted poet. She is passionate and has no qualms about speaking her mind.

Hafsa is Ayesha’s younger cousin. Full of dreams and unable to standstill. Hafsa
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ayesha at Last is a modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice with a Muslim main character. I loved it!

Ayesha is a modern Muslim and dreams of being a poet, but she has to forgo those dreams at the moment to pay her uncle back. She’s become a teacher.

Ayesha lives with her Muslim family who constantly remind her of potential marriage and that one of her cousins is currently turning down yet another marriage proposal.

Ayesha meets Khalid, and she is struck by his charm instantly. But at
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Whitney Atkinson
The premise and characters alone in this made it so groundbreaking and fun to read. I like that this book explored Islam from both a traditional perspective and a modern one, and how those two interact. The representation in this, the wide cast of brown characters, and the way it's focused from Pride & Prejudice were really done nicely. I liked how snarky and headstrong Ayesha was, and she was modeled after Elizabeth Bennet so well.

The biggest downfall of this book was the pacing. It was so
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Katie B
3.5 stars

I'll admit I almost passed on this book because I thought does the world really need yet another modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice? Thankfully, I went ahead and read this book anyway and I can honestly say it feels like something fresh and different and not something I have read a hundred times before.

Ayesha Shamsi lives in Canada and is working as teacher even though she has dreams of being a poet. Her cousin Hafsa is younger than Ayesha but she has already rejected numerous
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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When it comes to anything that claims to be a Pride and Prejudice retelling, my reaction is pretty much . . . . .



I think I’ve read three of them this year alone.

Ayesha At Last could have done itself some favors and made it more clear that it was simply inspired by the Austen classic, as I’m sure there will be some naysayers in the batch who were expecting a modernized, Muslim regurge of an old fave (pick up Unmarriageable if you
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S.K. Ali
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blurbed
I had the opportunity to read this adorable book before it releases to the world!

World, you are in for a treat!

FRTC
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Through a myriad of Pride and Prejudice adaptations, it would be easy to think you’ve seen it all. I am a total sucker for the story, because it is so timeless and I’ve always found the way two independent characters come together to make my heart swell. Uzma Jalaluddin’s novel Ayesha at Last features two Muslim leads living in Toronto and feeling the pull between culture, family, religion, love, and passion. I found Ayesha at Last to be an entirely fresh take on the story, and one that ...more
Emma
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.75/5 stars

Full review here

When I saw that this book was a Pride and Prejudice retelling featuring two Muslim characters living in Canada I knew I had to read it. I'm always up for a nice retelling with some good representation.
This novel did not feel like a debut at all, the author Uzma Jalaluddin really did a good job, I was quite impressed.
I must say I struggled a bit in the first third of the
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Anna Banana
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


This was such a great Pride and Prejudice retelling!

The perfect blend of sweet and swoony, this modern retelling was everything my P&P obsessed heart needed. I especially loved that this was centered around Muslim characters and family's. It was so great getting to learn about Ayesha and Khalid's culture and different (but also very relatable) perspectives on marriage, life and love.

From nearly the first page, I was completely drawn in and I found myself unable to put this book down for
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K.J. Charles
A Muslim romcom take on Pride and Prejudice, where the Darcy character is a fundamentalist. This is pure genius as a concept--we really can believe he knows that little about women, the arranged marriage stuff fits, and it allows us to believe in the utter cinnamon roll under the judgemental exterior, because unlike the yawnsome Darcy, Khalid actually isn't just a boring lump of unacknowledged privilege that we're supposed to be impressed by when he stops being quite such a dick.

Sorry. I loathe
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Lisa
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was happily surprised by this offbeat romantic comedy. The novel is billed as a modern day "Pride and Prejudice" but it is not a derivative retelling. Jalaluddin has created something new, nodding to both Austen and Shakespeare. She examines prejudice and narrow mindedness from several angles. I found myself re-thinking some of my assumptions as the novel progressed. A delightful read that is also thought provoking.

(I won an ARC from the Goodreads Giveaway program)
Anum S.
Certain stories, it seems, will never stop being adapted, either into other genres and settings, or on to various mediums. One such versatile tale is Jane Austen’s 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice. From a British miniseries to a Bollywood adaptation (Bride and Prejudice) and even an online vlog (The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), it has also crossed genres from the detective (Death Comes to Pemberly by P.D. James) to the undead (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) and has been a popular base for modern ...more
Sherwood Smith
This was publicized heavily as "Pride and Prejudice with Muslim characters," which gave me some misgivings, but I've been on the lookout for fiction with Muslims that doesn't tokenize them, or double-team Muslims with terrorism, so I went for it despite being somewhat tired of P&P cash-ins.

Glad I did. Jalaluddin actually does a better job than most of the recent crop of Austen cash-ins by touching the basic plot points as well as the tone--somewhat satiric romance, observation of people with
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Hollis
It pains me to rate this so low considering all the excitement I had surrounding this title, not to mention the brilliant diversity in this particular retelling, but..

If this story had been just about Ayesha and Khalid, with the former's delightful grandparents thrown into the mix, I probably would've rated this much higher. But then it also wouldn't have been as true to the PRIDE & PREJUDICE retelling. Or.. maybe it could've been! All I know is there were so many villains, so many
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Robin Loves Reading
Ayesha Shamsi is a modern Muslim and is quite talented as a poet and has the opportunity to share her poetry. However, she works as a substitute teacher. She longs to get married but is not keen on the process involved with her family and her faith. However, Ayesha is behaving quite conscientiously. When she and her family arrived in in Canada, from India, her uncle helped in tremendous ways, something that she makes her feel deeply indebted. She hopes her job as a teacher will allow her to ...more
alexis
Simply the best Pride and Prejudice Retelling...

Ayesha At Last is without a doubt my favorite Jane Austen retelling. In fact, it’s the first P&P retelling that broke 5 stars for me. Uzma Jalaluddin has done what no one else has been able to. Ayesha At Last is the poster child of what all other Retellings should be: familiar yet surprising, classic yet modern, and completely able to stand in their own right.

I loved the modernizations like Ayesha directing slam poetry at Khalid as a reference
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Patricia
I enjoyed reading AYESHA AT LAST. Ayesha is a young woman whose Muslim family immigrated to Canada from India. Ayesha works as a teacher to pay back money she owes to her rich uncle. Her uncle has a spoiled daughter who wants a hundred marriage proposals before she accepts anyone, while Ayesha does not want an arranged marriage. What follows is an interesting story where certain truths come out. I recommend this book!
Somia
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a nice read, and in the first few chapters I found myself grinning as somethings reminded me of stories I’ve heard from friends, and in all honesty, what some of my older relatives have said to me about working versus getting married. I liked the fact that there wasn’t a judgemental tone in the depictions of what can, sometimes, occur within South Asian families, rather it was depicted with wry amusement and showed that whilst others (family/community etc), can have expectations, choice ...more
Fafa's Book Corner
Mini review:

DNF

GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Diversify Yourself.

When I heard about this book I was really excited! Unfortunately I didn't care for it.

As a Pride and Prejudice retelling I felt this was really strong at. I wasn't invested and didn't care much for the characters.

Regardless I still high recommend. It just wasn't for me.
nick
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5

Ayesha at Last was a book I just couldn't wait to get my hands on to because:
a) Look at that gorgeous cover!
b) P&P retelling!
c) Brown people falling in love!
d) Did I mention, the gorgeous cover?????
I'm so happy that Ayesha at Last hit all the right notes for me. It was such a gorgeously written debut and I, for one, can't wait to see what Uzma comes up with next!

Ayesha at Last was charming from start to finish, and a lot of it has to do with the characters. I adored each and every one
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♥Rachel♥
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finding love wasn’t a priority to Ayesha, she was focused on settling into her teaching job while pursuing her poetry writing/performing, her true passion, on the side. Upon meeting Khalid, Ayesha initially pegs him as a stiff, judgmental type of Muslim, not a man she’d have any sort of romantic interest in. Khalid judges Ayesha as a Muslim with loose morals. However, as circumstances throw them together, they find their initial impressions might have been off, and their admiration for each ...more
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4 STARS

This book was one of my most anticipated reads.I was intrigued,axious and excited at the same time!I really liked most of it, there were though moments I struggled a little bit.Especially in the parts where the two main characters didn't interact very much with each other.

Ayesha and Khalid did not fall in love straightaway, and I like this.They have some really sweet moments between them. If you're a fan of Pride and Prejudice you are going to love this one!

The author did an amazing job
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Bookphenomena (Micky)
4.5 stars that I am rounding up.

I am buzzing finishing this book, I have devoured it in 36 hours as life made me put it down a few times. This was a loose pride and prejudice take set in the Muslim community in Toronto. Most importantly it is own voices written (and a debut).

Khalid is a beta-male character with little to paint an admirable picture of his personality. Khalid was a bit of a jerk, he lacked a verbal filter, judged too quickly but he was definitely misunderstood. Khalid grew on me,
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Hello and welcome! I am the author of the diverse romantic comedy, AYESHA AT LAST (HarperCollins Canada 2018, Atlantic Books UK 2019, Berkley Books USA 2019). My debut novel is a Pride and Prejudice reboot, set in a close knit Toronto Muslim community and inside a boisterous South Asian family. I also write a funny parenting column called SAMOSAS AND MAPLE SYRUP for The Toronto Star, Canada's ...more
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