Friday, August 11, 2017

Review 'The Shores of Our Souls' by Kathryn Brown Ramsperger
Qasim, an Arab Muslim U.N. official fleeing family obligations in 1980s war-torn Lebanon meets Dianna, escaping her rural Southern roots to become a researcher at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Will their love be enough in this war-torn, conflict-weary world? Ramsperger's debut novel gives an entirely new perspective on the controversial conflicts in our hearts and in our history.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
August 1st, 2017
Romance, Fiction
eBook, Paperback
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My Review:

When I first read the book description of ‘The Shores of Our Souls’, I knew this was a book I wanted to read. I love romance novels. And this book about a young American woman and a Arib Muslim U.N. official just sounded like something new and different than the other romance books I read. 

Dianna is this young American woman who works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. and tries to pay of her debts. She is estranged from her mother, who is very sick. And above all Dianna seems to want to be loved, just like everyone else. 
Qasim is older, and he already has a whole life behind him. Qasim was born and raised in Libanon, which is now devided by war. 

I was really curious about this read. And I guess I had some high expectations about this one too. When I started reading ‘The Shores of Our Souls’ I was a little surprised by how fast this story went. The writing was very descriptive and before I knew it the relationship between Dianna and Qasim was already on its way. And I definitely had some troubles with this relationship. For one I didn’t like how unsecure Dianna was. Not only with Qasim, but in general. Dianna just let people walk all over her at times. Especially her roommate. And Qasim, well I don’t really like men who think they are above woman, and at times reading how Qasim was with Dianna was frustrating. I understand the times were different, but still.

What I did like about this read was the way Dianna and Qasim learned to deal with their two very different cultures. I didn’t really feel there supposed romance, but I did feel there will to understand each other more. And it was definitely fun to read how they slowly let each other into their lives more and more. And in the end I think the writing got better.

‘The Shores of Our Souls’ was definitely a nice read about two people falling in love from two very different cultures. I didn’t really fall in love with this read, but I definitely enjoyed reading it.

My Rating:

About the Author:

Kathryn Brown Ramsperger’s literary voice is rooted in the Southern tradition of storytelling and is informed by her South Carolina lineage. She began her career writing for The Roanoke Times and The Gazette newspapers, and later managed publications for the Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva, Switzerland. She wrote for both National Geographic and Kiplinger.

A graduate of Hollins University, Ramsperger studied under several esteemed writers including Pulitzer Prize winner Henry Taylor, her mentor Richard Henry Wilde Dillard, and Guggenheim recipient and poet Dara Weir. She holds a graduate publications degree from George Washington University, is the winner of the Hollins University Fiction Award, and her current novel is a semifinalist in the Faulkner-Wisdom literary competition.

Kathryn currently lives in Maryland with her husband, two children, and two cats.

For more information about Kathryn Brown Ramsperger please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

I received this book by Smith Publicity in exchange for my honest review.


  1. I have trouble with men like that as well, and so imagine I would have the same feelings you did about this one. This does sound different from other romances out there for sure, and I'd be curious to see how they deal with the coming from different cultures issue. Thank you for bringing this one to my attention!

    1. You're welcome! ;) It's a nice read. It just took me some time to get used to the male main character.
      Thanks for stopping by!


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