The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul ( A Cup of Friendship) by Deborah Rodriguez

the little coffee shop of kabulThe blurb from goodreads.com, scroll down for my review.

After hard luck and heartbreak, Sunny finally finds a place to call home—in the middle of an Afghanistan war zone. There, the thirty-eight-year-old serves up her American hospitality to the expats who patronize her coffee shop, including a British journalist, a “danger pay” consultant, and a wealthy and well-connected woman. True to her name, Sunny also bonds with people whose language and landscape are unfamiliar to most Westerners, but whose hearts and souls are very much like our own: the maternal Halajan, who vividly recalls the days before the Taliban and now must hide a modern romance from her ultratraditional son; and Yazmina, a young Afghan villager with a secret that could put everyone’s life in jeopardy. In this gorgeous first novel, New York Times bestselling author Deborah Rodriguez paints a stirring portrait of a faraway place where—even in the fog of political and social conflict—friendship, passion, and hope still exist. 
 
Originally published as A Cup of Friendship

I found this to be a delightful chick lit. I only read chick lit from time to time when I find a book that stays with me, and this will for some time. It is very well written. A book about 5 women from different backgrounds who learn to live with the difficulties that life challenges them with.

It is not 5 different story lines, here they all intertwine from the beginning and fit in well with each other with the coffee shop being the common ground between the 5.

Sunny is the main character, a very strong woman, who lives in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, she runs a coffee shop and has to deal with being a woman and a small business owner in a country where men are the dominant sex.

This is the authors second book, but first fiction book, and she takes her experiences from her time in Kabul to write this. I haven´t yet read the other book called The Kabul Beauty School.

There were times I was angered in the book by the way women were treated (although I already have knowledge of the problems Afghan woman face) and times when it made smile and reflect on life from the wonderful things that also happened. Be aware that if you read this book then you might find some moments a little harrowing from the descriptions, (the main one in particular is the scene where Isabel visits the prison) The author has done a great job of letting the reader understand a little of the difficulties of life many people, especially woman, go through on a daily basis, even doing food shopping at the local market can be a challenge if you are a woman.

The characters are so real, although I just couldn´t warm up to Candace all that much, but the others I had no problem with.

I was wondering as I read the book how it would end and I wasn´t disappointed. It is an easy read and overall a love story.

Recommended to anyone interested in reading a chick lit book about other cultures.

4 out of 5 stars.

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