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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Review - Fatima's Fate by Dana Sudboro

Title: Fatima's Fate

Author: Dana Sudboro

Publisher: White Rose Publishing

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Rating: You Need to Read

Reviewed by: Mickey

One month before her visa expires, Fatima Dede begs her pastor to act as matchmaker and find a Christian husband for her. If she returns to Mauritania, she must marry the Muslim her parents and imam picked out—or die as a martyr for her newfound faith in Jesus. Her pastor comes up with three candidates: Stuart, a practical-minded widower with two children; Amir, a self-styled playboy who loves to spend his father's money; and Barry, who drops out of the running when Fatima shows up late. Time and circumstance introduce a fourth candidate: Chad, a secret admirer who finally works up the nerve to ask Fatima out. He knows nothing of her crisis, and she's afraid to tell him, lest this serendipitous chance of romance fly away. Will Fatima find the courage to reveal her plight?

If Fatima’s Fate was just a book about a young woman’s search for a husband, rather than a story about how adversity can strengthen one’s faith it would not be quite as wonderful a story. In writing his book, Dana Sudboro manages to capture the emotions and feelings of his characters with a great deal of depth and sincerity. We are reminded that Fatima is a true Christian; she never has doubts that God will provide the best solution for her problems, although she does occasionally question the depth of her own faith. Chad and Stuart are also excellent examples of true believers, and show that everyone can be different from their fellow man, not carbon copies of each other. They have the same doubts, second thoughts and reservations, and sometimes make the same mistakes as any other person they just solve their problems in a different way. Mr. Sudboro’s dialogue is sometimes light and humorous, other times intense and poignant and always beautifully written. I fell in love with his characters and found such peace by the end of this story. It is for these reasons and more that Fatima’s Fate is such an entertaining book, and true joy to read.

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