Sunny is the proud proprietor of a small coffee shop in one of the most dangerous places on earth. She offers hospitality to the expatriates, misfits, missionaries, and mercenaries who stroll through the doors. Sunny and four very different women befriend each other and form a bond of friendship and secrets. Working alongside Sunny is the maternal Halajan, who vividly recalls the days before the Taliban and who must now hide a modern romance from her ultra traditional son, who, unbeknownst to her, is facing his own religious doubts. Isabel is a British journalist on the trail of a risky story. Candace is a wealthy and well-connected American whose desire to help a local orphanage threatens to cloud her judgment, and when Yazmina, a young Afghan from a remote village, is kidnapped and left on a city street pregnant and alone, Sunny welcomes her into the café and gives her a home. But Yazmina’s pregnancy could put all their lives in jeopardy.
Then there is Tommy, the love of Sunny’s life, who has gone off in pursuit of money and adventure. And the ruggedly handsome Jack, who left his family back home in Michigan to earn “danger pay” as a consultant.
I enjoyed this. Depicting the nuances of life in Kabul, and the emotive issues concerning women, it is a thought provoking and absorbing read.
~Be warm and well ~