Review: Paper Wife, by Laila Ibrahim

I would like to thank Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

This was not my first time reading about paper wives, sons, and daughters, but I think Paper Wife is definitely my favorite book about the subject so far, and I had a really hard time putting this book down. I read the whole book in just 2 days.

There is a slightly religious undertone to the story, and as I am not a religious person, I kept waiting for it to become annoying, but it really never did. That aspect was written very naturally into the story and did not become preachy or cloying at any point, to me at least. In fact, it was somewhat interesting to watch Mei Ling’s religion slowly come to mingle together with Christianity throughout the book.

The character growth was fantastic here, too, watching Mei Ling grow as she faces challenge after challenge in her new home. What would have broken many a person made her mature instead as she simply made it work because there was no other choice.

4 out of 5 stars.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and I am never compensated monetarily for my reviews.


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