Shirin Humzani

Shirin Humzani

Shirin Humzani is currently based between the UK and Pakistan.

Having lived in both countries, and spending many years in the US as well, she has experienced different cultures thoroughly. Her exposure is reflective in her writing. 'The Education Of Amal' is the first of her novels to be published, followed on by her second novel, "Veiled Destiny".

The rest of her work will be available in due course.

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A debut novel about an arranged marriage in Pakistan clouded by hate, lies, deception and dishonor.

When her father’s friends arrive at her family’s estate in Pakistan, 20-year-old Ehla immediately suspects that matchmaking is afoot, although her parents firmly deny it. It’s a lie that begins Ehla’s tortuous journey. Also at the house is a family friend, Asfand, who, unbeknown to Ehla, married her when she was 5 years old, and now has the right to claim her for his own. However, her parents plan to give her away to another man, refusing to honor the previous arrangement, so Asfand embarks on a secret mission to kidnap Ehla. When he succeeds, an anguished Ehla struggles to unravel the many secrets her father has been keeping from her—secrets that have to do with death and ill-fated love. When the truth is finally revealed to all, hearts can heal and life can begin anew, releasing everyone from the shadows of long-ago lies and deception. Humzani does an excellent job of weaving the culture and traditions of Pakistan into the story, including details about clothes, ceremonies and the importance of honor. The author also shows how people become trapped by traditions that bind them. Some of the characters’ choices are brutal, immoral and even illegal, but the country’s traditions protect them not only from prosecution, but even from condemnation, no matter how deep the atrocity. The story’s pacing is slow at times, due in part to repetitive conversations that don’t advance the story. Angst and guilt are abundant, as characters rehash the same troubled emotions repeatedly. Readers may feel that much of the conflict could have been quickly resolved with simple conversations, which are delayed to prolong the drama.

A slow-paced novel that richly depicts Pakistani culture.


Romance, contemporary fiction

Amal is a young woman just starting college. She hopes to get a degree in business and make her way in the world free of her parents’ socializing and scheming. But a chance encounter with the university’s most notorious player throws her into an unexpected rivalry. Hunter has seen too much of the world to view it without cynicism. After he spots Amal in a compromising situation with a fellow even more infamous than himself, Hunter sets up a deception with life-altering consequences for both of them. Both children of wealthy industrialists, Amal and Hunter know that privilege brings its own trials. And when Amal witnesses a brutal crime, Hunter is the only one who can protect her from the villains pursuing her. Instead of tearing each other apart, they could heal one another’s wounds. But first they must learn to forgive.

ISBN: 1478354038
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