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The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul: The heart-warming and uplifting international bestseller

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If you wanna go blunt...This book basically focuses on Sunny and her coffee shop...It's like watching someone's life that isn't all that exciting either. She is torn between two guys (okay, it's bloody obvious who she goes with) and then there are her friends who are all submains without much about them. I mean there are smatterings but not enough to make me feel happy...Again they feel fluffy. I have read "A Thousand Splendid Suns' ' by Khalid Hoessini which is set in the setting and helped me understand a similar situation like this. I was heartbroken to see what the characters had to go through after thinking they have overcome the tragedy that had fallen on their country and lives all over again. There are so many people like Kat and others like Layla, different flowers that bloomed from the same soil.

Zara is a character I didn't see coming. While I do feel her whole arc feels more like it is forming the framing rather than allowing her to be an independent character, she is still a good character. This is a time when we are seeing the consequences of an arranged marriage. To a degree her arc lets us see that process, something I didn't know. Even if Rodriguez is using an extreme or old school example seeing that as a piece of culture felt important. As the blurb may indicate Zara has the worst of the endings, though there is a silver lining of a sort there. It's along the lines of Isabel from The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul. A reminder that life is messy, imperfect and can be truly ugly. While you will be eager to know what will happen next, thanks to Zara who maintains this feeling throughout the book, the previous characters of Sunny and Yazmina won't appeal to you that much. Even Halajan, who was like a neighborhood badass, is a notch down in the story. Return to the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul could have definitely used some more twists and turns, but what I read was not that half bad. Also, if you think that reading the first book is important to understand the story, do not worry. Rodriguez has made sure to cover important areas and has not left the reader in the dark. Oh my heart ❤️ What an absolute bundle of perfection for the last in the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul series.


As the Taliban close in on Kabul, spreading dread and panic, the whole family fears for its safety, knowing its activities and beliefs make it a target. It falls to Sunny, with her friend Candace pulling strings in America, to get them all on a flight out of the country. The woman range from young to elderly and each have their own views of the Afgan religion, values and culture. I found it really interesting the younger generation and how some are very drawn to their faith whereas others have adapted a more modern approach. But it's not all the same. While ATSS is set in the first time the Taliban took over, this book is set in recent times.

It's never easy to leave your country behind, nor is it easy to leave behind your family and life that you have built over the years. But if everyone leaves, who remains to fight for freedom? But if someone does decide to stay, what's going to happen to them? While one might not fear for themselves, it is really difficult not to fear for their loved ones. As this is the third book, I will admit, I got confused with the different characters, storyline and everything in genuinely, however that being said, the author did an amazing job at filling in some gaps for me, as a reader, so I was able to follow the story. After a few chapters, I felt "caught up" with the story. Moving on to the actual story: the characters have evidently been well thought out, but some seem to be watered down versions of the people they could have been. There's so much more power, energy and zeal that could have been channeled into the female protagonists. Sunny, Isabel and Candace are absolute breaths of fresh air in terms of being female leads without being damsels in distress, but there's so much more that could have been; they are flames that could have easily been wildfires. However, the two Afghan women who feature in the book, Halajan and Yazmina, are absolute powerhouses who command the novel with their unexpected strength and spirit. In a little coffee shop in one of the most dangerous places on earth, five very different women come together . . .

Reading about something like this which happened over decades ago is quite different from the same thing happening in the present. There have been many such takeovers in the long history of the world. But somewhere we love to believe that we have come way past that time. We would like to believe that every nation is independent now or at least we would like to reach there. And seeing how easily this mirage can be shattered is scary as hell. This book grabbed my interest when I read a review of it in my paper...They offer discounted prices on the book they review, I went the Kindle route instead and it was still cheaper. SUNNY, the proud proprietor, who needs an ingenious plan - and fast - to keep her café and customers safe.

I loved the change in Ahmet's personality and how he became somehow open minded, and that speech he said when he held his daughter was so touching:").

Well done Deborah Rodriguez for all your hard work and help to the Afghan people your storys have done them proud. You are an inspiration. Isabel, a determined journalist with a secret that might keep her from the biggest story of her life . . . The correct response to this (which was noticeably absent in the novel) is THERE IS NEVER A REASON TO TREAT A WOMAN LIKE THAT. There is NEVER a time to treat women as lesser, as something that needs to be kept in line, diminished, abused or hidden away.

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