Ruwaida Abd’s New Book Reveals the Transforming Power of Love

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Author tells the poignant story of two very different people and a love that transcends culture and race.

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Blonde blue-eyed William can have any woman he wants, but he finds himself drawn to an Iraqi girl working in a bar. Ishtar doesn’t know what to make of the American who constantly follows her with his eyes. Little did she know that her life was about to change in ways she never imagined. Readers can witness the intriguing events unfold as author Ruwaida Abd tells her story in Ishtar.

Despite coming from different backgrounds, William and Ishtar find themselves attracted to each other. He is experienced and has gone through many relationships while Ishtar at 26 is still a virgin and naïve of the ways of men. Still none of these matters as they both learn to accept each other’s differences including language, traditions, and lifestyle. The couple’s love grows stronger after they overcome obstacles and reunite after a break up. William finally decides to cement their relationship by proposing on Ishtar’s birthday. The happy couple had no inkling that September 11, 2001 would forever alter the course of their lives.

A dramatic tale that will rivet readers, Ishtar tells a poignant love story between two very different people. Truly memorable from beginning to end, this book will give readers a glimpse of Iraqi culture as well as the transforming power of love.

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About the Author
Ruwaida Abd was born in Iraq and studied there. In 2008, she moved to Canada and studied English there. She decided to write her first novel during her spare time, while she was raising her newborn son.    

Ishtar * by Ruwaida Abd
Publication Date: October 11, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 340 pages; 978-1-4771-5707-7
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 340 pages; 978-1-4771-5708-4
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4771-5709-1

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