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Inspired by her own experiences in Ira during Saddam Hussein’s rule Gina Wilkinson’s evocative suspenseful debut is told through the eyes of three very different women confronting the limits of friendship and forgiveness and the strength of a mother’s loveAt night in Huda’s fragrant garden a breeze sweeps in from the desert encircling Baghdad rustling the leaves of her apricot trees and carrying warning of visitors at her gate Hud This novel left me speechless It awakened the ignorance I had for women s life in Ira whole under Saddam Hussain s rule Terrifying Having to watch everything you do Which is something us Americans take for granted Today after reading this book I am thankful Thank you Netgalley for this awesome ARC NITRO: The Incredible Rise and Inevitable Collapse of Ted Turner's WCW rule Gina Wilkinson’s evocative suspenseful debut is told through the eyes of three very different women confronting the limits of friendship and forgiveness and the strength of a mother’s loveAt night in Huda’s fragrant garden a breeze sweeps in from the desert encircling Baghdad Wild Man Creek (Virgin River, rustling the leaves of her apricot trees and carrying warning of visitors at her gate Hud This novel left me speechless It awakened the ignorance I had for women s life in Ira whole under Saddam Hussain s The Non-Designer's Design Book (4th Edition) rule Terrifying Having to watch everything you do Which is something us Americans take for granted Today after Homewrecker reading this book I am thankful Thank you Netgalley for this awesome ARC

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When the Apricots Bloom

A a secretary at the Australian embassy lives in fear of the mukhabarat the secret police who watch and listen for any scrap of information that can be used against America and its allies They have ordered her to befriend Ally Wilson the deputy ambassador’s wife Huda has no wish to be an informant but fears for her teenaged son who may be forced to join a deadly militia Nor does she know that Ally has dangerous secrets of her ownHuda’ Actual rating 35 stars At night in Huda s fragrant garden a breeze sweeps in from the desert encircling Baghdad rustling the leaves of her apricot trees and carrying warning of visitors at her gate Huda a secretary at the Australian embassy lives in fear of the mukhabarat the secret police who watch and listen for any scrap of information that can be used against America and its allies They have ordered her to befriend Ally Wilson the deputy ambassador s wife Huda has no wish to be an informant but fears for her teenaged son who may be forced to join a deadly militia Nor does she know that Ally has dangerous secrets of her ownHuda s former friend Rania enjoyed a privileged upbringing as the daughter of a sheikh Now her family s wealth is gone and Rania too is battling to keep her child safe and a roof over their heads As the women s lives intersect their hidden pasts spill into the present Facing possible betrayal at every turn all three must trust in a fragile newfound loyalty even as they discover how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect their families I want to start this review by saying that I immensely enjoyed the setting of this book Despite priding myself in reading excessively and always trying to read outside my comfort zone genres I am not an expert on or even ones I don t particularly like trying to read books set in as many countries as possible etc I will admit that I had never read a book set in Ira before at least not a non academic one However I am really interested in Middle Eastern cultures so this book was very close to being my exact cup of tea Wonderful setting Check Women focused Check Really good prose Check And yetIt all fell a bit flat for me Despite taking place during Saddam Hussein s regime the stakes never felt particularly high I believe the author could have focused a bit in creating a claustrophobic terrifying atmosphere in order to better explain or even justify to an extent her characters actions feelings and fears Even a dead man could feel the tension in the air And the regret thicker than the scent of orange blossom Out of the three main characters my personal favourite was Rania the better developed one however was Ally probably because the author could relate to her a bit I found both Huda and Rania lacking the delicate nuance the understanding that comes with experiencing something for yourself firsthand rather than having someone explain it to you They were in no way written in a disrespectful or belittling manner but since the author herself is white I think Ally s experiences were just closer to what she herself had experienced as a foreign correspondent in BaghdadOverall I found When the Apricots Bloom to be a very enjoyable book Perhaps enjoyable is not exactly the right word to describe the experience of reading this particular book the subject matter is after all uite heavy but I adored the setting and thought it made some very interesting points and observations Could it have benefited from another round of editing to add a bit depth to its characters Most definitely yes but that doesn t mean that it wasn t a really good book anyway An ARC was provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review The Alien Jigsaw rating 35 stars At night in Huda s fragrant garden a breeze sweeps in from the desert encircling Baghdad Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning rustling the leaves of her apricot trees and carrying warning of visitors at her gate Huda a secretary at the Australian embassy lives in fear of the mukhabarat the 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setting and thought it made some very interesting points and observations Could it have benefited from another Drawing Dead (Faolan OConnor Book 1) round of editing to add a bit depth to its characters Most definitely yes but that doesn t mean that it wasn t a Trails & Tales of Yosemite & the Central Sierra really good book anyway An ARC was provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest Chinas Son review

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S former friend Rania enjoyed a privileged upbringing as the daughter of a sheikh Now her family’s wealth is gone and Rania too is battling to keep her child safe and a roof over their heads As the women’s lives intersect their hidden pasts spill into the present Facing possible betrayal at every turn all three must trust in a fragile newfound loyalty even as they discover how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect their famili Let me start by saying I absolutely loved Gina Wilkinson s new book When the Apricots Blume I demolished it in two sittings which says a lot about Gina s ability to suck you into the lives of her three main characters Rania Huda and Ally It follows their lives in Baghdad during Saddam Hussein s totalitarian reign It is about friendship informants and fear for your family It is a story about what a mother will do for her family It is also perceptions of the past and what they mean for the people of today When the Apricots Bloom comes out in December keep an eye out for it as it s going to make wavesThis review is based on NetGalley ARC provided in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion Lila and Alex short story. X-Rated. roof over their heads As the women’s lives intersect their hidden pasts spill into the present Facing possible betrayal at every turn all three must trust in a fragile newfound loyalty even as they discover how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect their famili Let me start by saying I absolutely loved Gina Wilkinson s new book When the Apricots Blume I demolished it in two sittings which says a lot about Gina s ability to suck you into the lives of her three main characters Rania Huda and Ally It follows their lives in Baghdad during Saddam Hussein s totalitarian Burning Attraction reign It is about friendship informants and fear for your family It is a story about what a mother will do for her family It is also perceptions of the past and what they mean for the people of today When the Apricots Bloom comes out in December keep an eye out for it as it s going to make wavesThis The Numbers Game review is based on NetGalley ARC provided in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion


10 thoughts on “When the Apricots Bloom

  1. says:

    Gina Wilkinson based her book When The Apricots Bloom on her own experience of living in Ira under the Saddam Hussein regime She was previously a journalist but arrived in Ira as a dependent spouse Gina Wilkinson was thirty one years old when she lived in Ira and was befriended by a woman informant who reported back to the regime about all of her comings and goings and who she spoke with It was not until after Saddam Hus

  2. says:

    Ally Wilson new wife of an Australian diplomat in Baghdad has secrets as do the other two women featured in this novel that is set in Saddam Hussein's Ira But it is Ally that Gina Wilkinson identifies with most closely both have had experience as American journalists Wilkerson shares Wilson's status as a dependent spous

  3. says:

    This novel left me speechless It awakened the ignorance I had for women's life in Ira whole under Saddam Hussain's rule Terrifying Having to watch everything you do Which is something us Americans take for granted Today after reading this book I am thankful Thank you #Netgalley for this awesome ARC

  4. says:

    When the Apricots Bloom by Gina GD Wilkinson This novel focuses on friendships new and old with a backdrop of modern Ira and flashbacks of the Ira of years past Although from very different backgrounds Huda and Rania were friends from early childhood and marked by a blood oath they undertook together Political turmoil and perceived deadly betrayals tore these blood sisters apart and only one thing could ever

  5. says:

    Beautifully written suspenseful exploration of secrets and betrayal in Saddam Hussein's Ira where every friendship is a risk Huda is a secretary at the Australian Embassy She's grateful for the job as her finance analyst husband has been unemployed because of the American economic sanctions But there is a problem the Irai secret police are

  6. says:

    Actual rating 35 stars At night in Huda's fragrant garden a breeze sweeps in from the desert encircling Baghdad rustling the leaves of her apricot trees and carrying warning of visitors at her gate Huda a secretary at the Australian embassy liv

  7. says:

    Let me start by saying I absolutely loved Gina Wilkinson’s new book When the Apricots Blume I demolished it in two sittings which says a lot about Gina’s ability to suck you into the lives of her three main characters Rania Huda and Ally I

  8. says:

    This was an ARC First Reads Goodreads GiveawayIt is a well written story full of intrigue and secrets I like how she portra

  9. says:

    DNFThe cover and especially the title of this book drew me in Add to that the description that gave a comparison to Kite Runner and I had to

  10. says:

    I saw this book on Netgalley and I had to reuest the publisher to read it because I was drawn to two things on the blurb the fact that it’s set in Ira during Saddam’s reign and the second aspect involved three different women I asked myself what could a secretary an artist and a diplomat’s wife have in commonThe story delves

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