[[ Ebook ]] ➥ When the Apricots Bloom Author Gina Wilkinson – Submitsites.info

[[ Ebook ]] ➥ When the Apricots Bloom  Author Gina Wilkinson – Submitsites.info Inspired By Her Own Experiences In Iraq 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 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


10 thoughts on “When the Apricots Bloom

  1. Rosemary Reeve Rosemary Reeve says:

    Beautifully written, suspenseful exploration of secrets and betrayal in Saddam Hussein s Iraq, 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 Iraqi secret police are pressuring Huda to spy on her boss likeable young wife As the menace and mistrus


  2. Stephanie Spafford Stephanie Spafford 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 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


  3. Kali Cannizzaro Kali Cannizzaro says:

    When the Apricots Bloom by Gina G.D Wilkinson This novel focuses on friendships new and old, with a backdrop of modern Iraq and flashbacks of the Iraq 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 bring them back together


  4. Leesa Hanna Leesa Hanna says:

    I downloaded the free Sample pages from and I am so intrigued by the first chapters of this book Insight into the intimate lives of families manoeuvring themselves for survival in a frightening world of dictator rule has me hooked The settings are rich with colours and smells of the Middle East I can t wait for the full book to be released so I can keep reading I ve pre ordered


  5. Liana Liana says:

    Actual rating 3.5 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 deput


  6. Dora Okeyo Dora Okeyo says:

    I saw this book on Netgalley and I had to request the publisher to read it because I was drawn to two things on the blurb the fact that it s set in Iraq 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 common The story delves into the need for control by Saddam s government, enforcing rules and corrupt police officers who demand that people do as they ask


  7. Jennifer F. Jennifer F. says:

    I love this book I m not normally a suspense adventure book reader, but having complex female characters, living relatable lives during the reign of terror of Saddam in Iraq drew me in The three protaganists a diplomat s secretary, by virtue of her position gets caught up in the secret police s web as they believe she has access to secrets, the wife of the diplomat who is seeking to get to know her mother who died when she was a child, but who had lived some years


  8. Jill Gillett Jill Gillett says:

    When The Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson tells the tale of three women living in Iraq during the reign of Saddam Hussein while weaving in themes of loyalty, friendship, trust, and a mother s love.Raina and Huda are childhood friends who have sworn to be closer than sisters However, life, grief, and untold truths tear them apart as they grow The story joins the women as adults with Raina working as an artist and Huda working as a secretary for the Australian Ambassador to


  9. Emily Emily says:

    I appreciated the setting and story line of When the Apricots Bloom, which gave a glimpse into life under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein However, something felt missing to me It didn t captivate me as much as I anticipated from the book description It was still a highly readable debut that actually draws from the author s real life experiences.


  10. Paul Paul says:

    A very engaging read This has interesting characters in an interesting setting There s some suspense, and I enjoyed the complexity of the characters and the differences in culture vs the West I look forward the author s future work.Thanks very much for the ARC for review


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