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Rosewater and Soda Bread by [Mehran, Marsha]
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This delightful novel from the internationally bestselling author of POMEGRANATE SOUP follows the heartwarming adventures of three Iranian sisters in a tiny Irish village. the beautiful Iranian sisters-Marjan, Bahar, and Layla Aminpour have charmed the locals of Ballinacroagh with their warm hearts and the delectable Persian cuisine of their beguiling Babylon Cafe, bringing a saffron-scented spice into the once-sleepy Irish town. When a young woman with a dark secret literally washes up on Clew Bay Beach, the sisters' world is turned upside down once again. With pale skin and webbed hands, the girl is otherworldly, but her wounds tell a more earthly (and graver) story. Each sister must also contend with her own transformation - Marjan tests her feelings for love, Bahar takes on a new spiritual commitment, and Layla matures into a young woman when she and her boyfriend, Malachy, step up their relationship. Filled with mouthwatering recipes and enchanting details of life in Ireland, ROSEWAtER AND SODA BREAD is infused with a lyrical warmth that radiates from the Aminpour family to the whole of Ballinacroagh - and the world beyond. 'effortlessly combines Persian and Irish culture' - Herald Sun

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 668 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: 4th Estate (1 May 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007B5EDFU
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #146,049 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Book 17 September 2014
By Ron in Western Maryland - Published on
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A sequel to Pomegranate Soup, Ms. Mehran's first excellent novel, Rosewater and Soda Bread continues the saga of the 3 Iranian sisters who have settled in a small village in Ireland. I believe a third in the series is due out in 2014 or 2015. Thoroughly enjoyable because of the author's fine perception and nose for detail, this novel and Pomegranate Soup I purchased as a birthday gift for a fellow book lover after reading them from the local library. Well worth the money and I recommend them both to anyone who just wants to have a good read on a cold day. Pomegranate Soup also provides a recipe for some nice hot dishes to help in the warming process.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A mermaid and three sisters looking for love 11 March 2011
By Michelle Boytim - Published on
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This is the sequel to Pomegranate Soup and continues the stories of the 3 Iranian sisters living in Ireland, running a cafe. The three sisters are each becoming more comfortable in their new home and each is branching out towards love. Layla continues her romance with her Irish boyfriend and they consider taking their relationship to the next step. Marjan meets a local man recently returned home to his family's estate. He intrigues her with his knowledge of Iran, but also scares her because she is unsure if she is ready to begin a relationship. Bahar, who appeared to be interested in a gypsy man in the previous book has now turned to a deeper calling and is exploring a relationship with the Catholic Church. Intermixed with the tale is a "mermaid" that their friend Estelle rescues who turns out to be a damaged pregnant girl with a healing touch. While I enjoyed this sequel, there were several plot lines that seemed to be just dropped midstream or end in a strange way. Overall it was a fairly good book with just a hint of magical realism. The door was left open for a third book, but it is unclear at this time whether or not there will be one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Returning to the stories of the Aminpour sisters 20 February 2009
By Rebecca Huston - Published on
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After reading Marsha Mehran's first novel, Pomegranate Soup, about the three Aminpour sisters and the changes they bring to a sleepy Irish town, I knew I was going to be reading the next story in the series.

Set in the 1980's, the three Aminpour sisters -- Marjan, Bahar and Layla -- have fled the revolutionary world of the Shah's Iran to a more uncertain future in the West. Their first stop was London, and struggling to survive, along with living in fear -- events chronicled in Pomegranate Soup. Now they've come to a little Irish town, Ballinacroagh, famous as a site of pilgrimage of St. Patrick, and home to a wide cast of rather curious sorts.

When Rosewater and Soda Bread opens, Marjan and her sisters have been running the Babylon Cafe for eighteen months, and settling into their new lives. Marjan still mothers her sisters, doing most of the cooking and work around the cafe and Layla is still in school and with young Malachi McGuire. But new things are turning up, what with Layla and Malachi wondering if they should explore sex or not, and Bahar has been vanishing somewhere every couple of days -- the why of which both of her sisters can not or have not figured out. For Marjan, it's the arrival of an author from England, Julian Muir, who has caught her attention. Julian is working on restoring his family estate, and when Marjan finds out that he can quote Rumi and spent some time in Iran, she's smitten, even though her sense of trust tells her not to put too much faith in him.

Estelle Delmonico has also returned, and a great deal of the story revolves about the consequences when she finds a lovely -- but mute -- young woman washed up on the beach, nearly naked and injured. In among the preparations for Halloween, rumours of witches and wicked doings are circulating around the village, many of them started by that evil gossip, Dervla Quigley, and her particular hatred of the three sisters.

While I did enjoy reading the unfolding relationship between Marjan and Julian, and Layla turns out to be far more sensible than most teenagers that I know of, the character that I really wanted to smack hard (besides the busybody Mrs. Quigley) was Bahar. I just couldn't buy a lot of what she was doing, and I would think that after the earlier events in her life, she wouldn't be such a judgmental and condemning person -- if she continues this way will remain to be seen if there is a third novel about the sisters.

Along the way, there are plenty of interesting tidbits about Persian cooking, Zoroastrian thought, and commentary about the modern world versus tradition. While it tends to be on the light side, there are still plenty of serious ideas being touched on, but Ms. Mehran doesn't get bogged down or mired too deeply in it. The story moves along briskly, and the novel itself is a quick read at just a couple of hours.

Weaving through all of this are a look at Father Mahoney's new hobby, the question of abortion and contraception in modern Ireland -- still a very hot topic twenty years on -- and the role of healing in the modern world. While Mehran doesn't get preachy about it, the entire question of free choice does come up, and she handles it well, leaving the reader to form his or her own judgment. In any case, the why behind the character's decision to do what they did isn't taken lightly, and the motivations are pretty valid.

As well as the story itself, a wonderful addition are a collection of Persian and Irish recipes, all reasonably simple for the adventuresome cook. There is also an imaginary interview between the author and Estelle Delmonico, and a list of questions for reader's groups to discuss.

While it is not necessary to have read the earlier novel, it does help in fitting in the dynamics between the three sisters, and the residents of Ballinacroagh. This is fiction that is on the light side, and while a few quesitons do get answered, there are plenty of dangling threads to be taken up in later novels if the author decides to continue on.

All in all, this gets a solid four star rating from me. While it's not as involving as the first book, it's still fun to find out more about the three sisters and the other denizens of Ballinacroagh.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosé water and Soda Bread 26 June 2013
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I love this book...I bought it after first reading Marsha Mehran's first novel "Pommegranate Soup", a moving story about three young women who have fled Iran during the 1979 political revolution. The second book is a continuation of the first . This story is set in 1986 Ireland and these hard working ladies have opened a middle eastern cafe in a small town...much more to the story but the description of the cooking/ spices/ fragrances make me want to create some of these delightful dishes!! A very powerful story of life, new found friends in the least likely places and the will to survive.
Highly recommend! But read "Pommegranate Soup" first.
4.0 out of 5 stars Rosewater and Soda Bread 26 December 2012
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Another delightful narrative of the three Middle Eastern girls and their wonderful little cafe in Ireland. If only there was one near me in Western Australia! I enjoyed the first book from this author(Pomegranate Soup)and was really pleased to find her second was not disappointing. With the clear definition of colourful characters, Irish countryside and an interesting story line, not to mention foods that had my mouth watering, this was a book that was hard to put down until it was finished. I would recommend it for those wet and cold afternoons where you can curl up - or even under the air-conditioner when it is too hot to go out - and be transported with this easy read, for a little while.

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