The Other Half of Happiness by Ayisha Malik 

What a funny book!

One of my friends has also just read this book and like myself hadn’t read the prequel but don’t let this worry you, it can be read as a standalone book. This is the synopsis:-

“Sofia Khan is just married. But no-one told her life was going to be this way . . .

Her living situation is in dire straits, her husband Conall is distant, and his annoyingly attractive colleague is ringing all sorts of alarm bells.

When her mother forces them into a belated wedding ceremony (elopement: you can run, but you can’t hide), Sofia wonders if it might be a chance to bring them together. But when it forces Conall to confess his darkest secret, it might just tear them apart.

A book to make you smile, laugh and cry, this is the story of a mixed-race marriage and a mixed-up family, for anyone who’s ever struggled to balance their pride with their principles, or stuck around to try to mend a broken heart”

I must confess to not having read anything about the culture but enjoyed hearing about the differences and how tightknit this family was, despite their differences.

The story starts in Karachi with Sofia and her newly converted and new husband Conall. Who is Irish. Plus they eloped. This obviously hasn’t gone down well with her family especially when her she arrives back in London! I don’t want to spoil this book so won’t say too much – just get a copy!

Sofia’s sense of humour is what made the book for me. She’s funny and also quite deadpan which is my favourite type of humour. Her mother is also funny – her mix up of RSVP and RSPCA being a highlight!

A recommended read from me. I will keep an eye out for other books by this author!

As ever, a mssive thanks go to the lovely Readers First and Bonnier Zaffre for this copy in exchange for an unbiased review.


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