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Even in the Breaks

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Ayda is an uncompromising, salacious woman who focuses solely on her work. She gets close to no one, and no one gets close to her. Didi, on the other hand, is fun loving and family oriented. She looks forward to the day when she and her husband will become parents. When tragedy strikes unexpectedly, Didi disappears and Ayda becomes the guardian of a young girl named Shams— ...more
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Published February 16th 2020
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Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Didi seems to have it all. A great job at the same place as her perfect husband. They have a nice house and besides the nagging in-laws wanting to know why they do not yet have any children, life seems pretty good. One morning, her husband has an unexpected stroke while out for a run and her life is never the same.

How will she cope, and move on. Live life without him? When she is ready to start going through his things, she discovers messages on his phone and a photo of a baby. Saef had kept a s
Kate Lynn
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just like Hend's last novel, Behind Picket Fences, I devoured this book in three sittings. The characters in this book captured my emotions right off the bat. Hend did a great job at weaving different issues within the Muslim community and also facing women in general. Her imperfect main character was charming, assertive, and independent - quite a like-able gal. This story captured a lot of intricate aspects of being a Muslim woman - how wardrobe factors into perception and action, how men's aff ...more
Fatima Bheekoo-shah
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think Hend, gets better and better with every book. Having read all her works, I must say that this story is her most ambitious work to date. I felt that in her writing, a rawness I haven’t found in her other works. A writer testing the waters and getting it right. As a muslim reader and writer I want relatable characters, the ones I can see a little bit of myself in. Ayda is the character I think most muslim women will be able to relate to. She is a formidable and strong woman who knows what ...more
Even in the breaks is a powerful story of love, life and faith. I was immediately drawn into the story of Ayda and Didi. The characters sit in stark contrast, one bold and uncaring, the other soft and warm. Yet, I found myself drawn to both of them and couldn’t wait to see how their stories unfolded. Hend’s latest book is thought-provoking emotional journey through life’s highs and lows. This is another well-written, intriguing tale from this rising, talented author. I highly recommend this book ...more
Leigh-Kirstin D.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lovely to be able to pick up a book that has so many relatable moments in it. The author, Hend, does an amazing job of weaving stories together and leaving you wanting more. Just when you think you know what will happen next you’re pulled into another theme even more satisfying than expected. Everything feels so real life .... ringing true to women from any religion, place of birth or social class. I felt a real connection to this novel and look forward to her future work. Definitely worth a rea ...more
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an amazing read. I love how Hend weaved the stories of Didi and Ayda in such a way that I wasn't aware until it hit me in the face and I was pleasantly surprised. 😮

I think this is the most daring of all her books when compared with Normal calm and Behind the picket fences.
I look forward to another book from you soon, ya Hend. Keep sowing high.
Deonna Osborn
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Truly unique book. Blends culture with a true story of sacrifice and what it’s like to surrender to another- even unexpectedly. Bravo to the author for giving us a fresh read with a lot of heart!
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Even in the Breaks very much. The twist and turns of the story with surprises at the turn of a page keep you going wondering what could possibly happen next. Hend Hegazi is a promising author. I have enjoyed reading all of her books and look forward to the next. Her books always have incite to so many interesting subjects.

Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Even in the Breaks is a story of love, loss, and growth. It's about ease after hardship, and finding faith in unlikely places. The protagonist, Ayda, is lovable because of her many flaws and her unending faith in God, and commitment to doing the right thing. It is a heartbreaking story that will linger in my mind for a long time. ...more
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Hend was born and raised in the USA. She graduated from Smith College with a major in biology and a minor in religion. She is a writing coach and the editorial director of Muslimah Writers, an online organization devoted to helping women develop their writing skills and produce their books. Her own fiction and poetry often shed light on the Muslim American experience. Hend lives with her husband a ...more

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