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Night Letter by Meghan Nuttall Sayres

Night Letter

by Meghan Nuttall Sayres

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Interesting plot, sparks of beautiful language, but lacking in development. It felt a little unfinished. ( )
  Jackie_Sassa | Nov 20, 2015 |
This is a tale of a soon-to-be bride who is kidnapped by two men. In the Persian culture of the time, this means that her chances for marriage are now ruined along with her reputation. As she works to maintain her dignity and look for escape, she also tries to get to know one of her kidnappers, who seems a cut above the type of men known to do this kind of work. Her family and friends are also looking for her, and she works to leave clues behind as she and the kidnappers travel.

There are some lovely poetry quotes included and a look at this older Persian culture which is rather illuminating. The cover art is lovely as well.

I felt that the character(s) were never fully drawn. I read on because the history was interesting, but I never felt a connection with the main character or any other.

If you are interested in learning a bit about the culture of Persia I would recommend this title.

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To dwell in the past or the future is to live in a state of destruction.

Even though a woman's honor would be maintained when she was kidnapped for ransom, few would receive offers for marriage because of the stigma attached to women who have kept unsavory company or who have spent time alone with unrelated males. Surely, Arash'a royal family would refuse me.

Stop weaving and watch how the pattern improves.
Maybe the shaikh had meant that other forces are at work. Perhaps synchronicity is not mere coincidence - it's more a complicity of multiple wills coming together for reasons we do not understand. A force in the universe that responds, guides, and unifies. It seems that we exist for the sake of everything else.

Writing: 4 out of 5 stars
Plot: 3 out of 5 stars
Characters: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reading Immersion: 3 out 5 stars ( )
  jewelknits | May 29, 2013 |
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"This fast-paced adventure is filled with tension, excitement, and a realistic sense of history. The main characters are well drawn, and both Anahita’s independent spirit and her determination will resonate with readers. The novel is imbued with details featuring the rich and exotic rituals, dress, poetry, and customs of early-20th-century Persian and Uzbek cultures and quotes from poets such as Rumi and Omar Khayyam. Numerous Farsi words–all explained in context and/or in the glossary–add authenticity to the tale. The novel includes a discussion guide and notes about slavery, past and present, coupled with websites indicating ways in which readers can help victims of human trafficking. Anahita’s epic love story captures the mystique of long-ago Persia while providing a framework for exploring issues of social justice still relevant in our own times.” --Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, School Library Journal

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"Anahita, a nomadic weaver living in nineteenth-century Iran, is kidnapped on the eve of her wedding and thrown into the world of slavery and the mystical Sufi faith. Tinged with the fairy tale quality of her award-winning Anahita's Woven Riddle, Meghan Nuttall Sayres weaves details of Persian culture with poetry to create the story of a damsel in distress determined to save herself"--Amazon.… (more)

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