Can You Keep A Secret?
by J.M. Doe
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Pub Date 05 May 2020 | Archive Date 09 Mar 2021
In her mid-twenties, Leah Jones has moved to California to continue her education in advanced nursing. Upon completion of her studies, she comes across a newspaper ad that reads, "Nurses Wanted in Saudi Arabia." It sounds like a perfect match for her spirit of adventure and her love of travel. In sharp contrast to her conservative life spent in Kansas, this foreign land beckons her; and don't they always say that when you are least expecting it, love will find its way?
In this bizarre land, Leah finally meets her prince, the man of her dreams, Abdul. Love blossoms. Abdul is not your typical Saudi man, and when he proposes Leah readily accepts. They marry in Cyprus, honeymoon around the world, and travel to California to set up their first home together. Back in the United States, their beautiful daughter, Aisha, is born, but Leah's blissful marriage soon unravels. Then her worst nightmare becomes a reality: Aisha does not return from her visit to Disneyland with her father. The man who had promised on the Quran that he would never take their child from her mother has abducted Aisha and taken her to Saudi Arabia.
With no solace or alternative in sight, Leah makes the only choice she can: to return to the faraway country that now holds her daughter. The mystical fairy-tale land that once upon a time brought love and happiness has disappeared. Will Leah be prepared for what happens next?
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Average rating from 6 members
I've traveled the Muslim world extensively and know that what you see isn't always real. There are dark sides, but this can also be seen in other parts of the world. JM Doe portrays what can happen when two worlds collide and children are involved. If not for a determined mother who will never give up, the story could have a different ending. Fortunately, this author showed more sides of the KSA than most people ever see as non-Muslins are not normally allowed inside the country.
An absolutely amazing memoir of a woman marrying someone from different country and culture and losing her child to her husband. You were either cheering or commiserating with her throughout the book. I think people who marry into a different culture should definitely read her story. Truly fascinating
Can You Keep A Secret by J.M. Doe is a true account of a woman getting her daughter back from her ex-husband. The story has some great details about Saudi Arabia which I loved hearing. She travel to Saudi Arabia for work as a traveling nurse and ends up falling in love. They soon marry and return to the United States but their marriage eventually unravels. When her husband takes their daughter to Disneyland he never returned her back to her mom... instead of taking her back to Saudi Arabia with him. This begins the journey of getting her daughter back.
this was a really unique perspective it really makes you think. this was a beautiful story that had a lot of suspenseful moments. I appreciate the author sharing their story.