Soheir Khashoggi * Mosaic

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Set against the bustling backdrop of New York City and the exotic splendor of Jordan, “Mosaic” is a story of love and betrayal, of a clash of cultures and traditions—and one woman’s struggle to rebuild her life.
Like many working mothers, Dina Ahmed has become adept at juggling her family and her work. She’s the owner of Mosaic, a thriving floral design business, and has been blessed with success, beauty, and, most important, a happy family.
But when she returns home one day to discover that her six-year-old twins have vanished, Dina is forced to admit that her life and her marriage were not as perfect as she’d once believed. After many desperate phone calls—and anxious hours spent piecing the puzzle together—Dina accepts the terrible truth: Her husband, Karim, has taken the twins to his homeland of Jordan to raise the children with his family there.
The authorities can do nothing to bring Dina’s children back, and even her father’s contacts in the U.S. State Department are of little help. Karim’s family is wealthy and powerful, and even though Dina is half Arab herself, her options are limited.
Distraught, but determined to fight, Dina travels to Jordan to confront her husband and to enact a desperate plan to get her children back—but at what risk?

There is good and bad in every culture and religion, but the author tried to portray just the American culture as the way of living while still showing all the female characters in the book as miserable and lonely. 

The book tries to bring together issues like Christianity, gayness, Islam and life in Jordan. I can see why this book was banned in the Middle East but I can’t say it’s as groundbreaking now as it was 15 years ago.

Writing was poor and very disappointing ending.

The only thing I found slightly interesting was the author herself. Her brother is the illustrious millionaire Adnan Khashoggi and her father was the royal physician. Her nephew died in the famous car crash that killed princess Di.

Would you think that some of the reviews and ratings were fake due to the family fortune? In no way I would class this as a bestseller.

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