The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul, Deborah Rodriguez

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul opening line: It was a vibrant blue-skied Afghan morning, the kind that made Yazmina stop to loosen her scarf and tilt her face to the sun.+

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul
The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

I chose this book as I wanted to learn more about an area of the world that has been at war for as long as I can remember. Deborah not only lived in Kabul, but she was married to an Afghani and her intimate knowledge of Afghanistan and it’s customs shines through in every page.

This is more than a story about 5 different yet incredible women. Yazmina, the country girl dumped in the city, pregnant, religious and a widower, her future uncertain because of the laws of Islam. Halajan, a Kabul native who is bound by these same laws but who longs for the days of freedom and quotes Rumi from memory. Candace, an American whose knowledge of how the better half lives helps her in raising funds for Afghani children and women. Isabel, a journalist on a mission to save herself by saving others. And Sunny, the American who has escaped from her ordinary life to Kabul, and who will bring these women together and create a future none of them knew was possible.

First published in Great British in 2013 by Shere.

ISBN 978-0-7515-5040-5.

Paperback. 408 pages (375 novel).

I loved learning more about a country and culture foreign to me. This is a love story interwoven with tragedy and perfect holiday reading.

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Books South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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22 thoughts on “The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul, Deborah Rodriguez

  1. This sounds like a really fantastic read Tandy, and I love the way you have constructed your review around the characters. I am looking it up on Book Repository as I type!

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    1. Or you could borrow it from me 🙂

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  2. What a stunning book cover, Tandy. It sounds like a fascinating read. Thanks for the review. 🙂

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    1. I absolutely loved this book!

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  3. oh wow!! This sounds like a life changing book! I am almost nervous to read it in case I find it too heart wrenching. I do remember picking it up in an airport and considering buying it 🙂 I think on your recommendation I may have to open myself to reading it. It sounds to good to miss out on )
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    1. It is a great read!

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  4. Great read!

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    1. Thanks Squishy 🙂

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  5. I think that this is another for my “must read” list! Thank you for a great review.
    My cousin (who is also my god daughter) is in the British Army and is stationed in Afghanistan at the moment, yet another reason for me to have a go at this book. xx

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    1. Wow, her life must be so interesting!

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  6. This book had me at the title!

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    1. It is a perfect read!

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  7. Sounds like a charming read, Tandy!

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    1. that describes it so well Kate 🙂

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  8. I think it sounds like a great read.

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    1. it is indeed Tammy 🙂

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  9. What a fantastic sounding book! I love the title too! 😀
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    1. The title is what caught my attention 🙂

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  10. These books are my absolute favourite, thank you for another great read!

    Cheers
    CCU
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    1. My pleasure Uru 🙂

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  11. I so want to read your review but the screen has gone all quirky on me 🙁 My mum is reading this book and raving about it, so I may have to wait now to read it myself!

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    1. Enjoy it!

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