I have received a free e-copy of the book Palpable Passions by Tom Corbett to review. For more information on the author, you may see his website.
Here is the book blurb.
Two families, one born to privilege in America and the other struggling under the oppressive Taliban regime in Kabul, confront the demons and challenges of their separate worlds. Circumstances and serendipity bring the two together in the Panjshir Valley of northern Afghanistan just as Osama Bin Ladin strikes New York and Washington. Their unanticipated connection offers each an opportunity to discover renewed hope. From black despair, each finds a path toward achieving personal passions that they can literally feel, passions they had once thought were beyond their grasp.
The book starts with Azita having a recurring nightmare from back in Afghanistan, where she grew up under the Taliban regime. As a child, she had wanted to be a doctor like her father, but girls are not even permitted education. She is starting to be noticed for things like reading in public, so the family flees to the Northern Alliance rebel zone, but the situation becomes worse when the Taliban strike there too.
Meanwhile Chris, from a privileged but dysfunctional American family, but now living in England and running a humanitarian aid business, receives a call from his twin sister Kay. It is bad news. His brother has tried to commit suicide and is in a coma. He flies back to the US where the family argues whether Chuck’s life support machine should be switched off.
Initially it felt like I was reading two separate stories at the same time, but later in the book, the worlds of Azita and Chris collide. I could then appreciate the importance of the two storylines. Also I was pleased with how well developed all the minor characters were. It certainly added to the depth of enjoyment of reading.
This book is a different genre to what I would usually choose, but I was pleasantly surprised. I would consider it a literary read.
Palpable Passions is available on Amazon, currently priced at £11.82 in paperback or £3.68 in Kindle format. A great weaving of two storylines.
Disclosure. This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.