Book Review: Explore family secrets and Moroccan culture in Deborah Rodriguez’s The Moroccan Daughter

The Moroccan Daughter

The Moroccan Daughter, the new novel from bestselling author Deborah Rodriguez, will take you on a journey through the streets of Morocco. Introducing you to the sights, smells and tastes of the culture, and the traditions and dynamics of family and country.

Amina Bennis returns to Morocco and her childhood home for her sister’s wedding. She is joined by her best friend Charlie, and Charlie’s fiesta grandmother Bea. They’re there for moral support, as Amina has a scandalous secret to unveil to her strict, tradition-following father. She’s terrified of losing her father; but as the plot unfolds, it’s revealed she’s not the only one with secrets. Secrets that could threaten to shake the family to its core.

Rodriguez has crafted a book that is rich in description. At a time where we’re all restricted with our travel, you’ll find yourself immersed in the culture and atmosphere of Morocco. Be warned, you’ll probably also find yourself craving a curry or tagine by the time you’re through with the book. Thankfully, there are a selection of Moroccan recipes at the end of the book, for bread, honeycomb pancakes and more.

I found myself enjoying reading about the Moroccan way of life. Discovering the hustle and bustle of the street life, the clubs, and also the family life. From the epilogue, The Moroccan Daughter certainly appears well researched, and you’ll discover more about the city of Fes and the marriage festival in the country’s Atlas Mountains. But, it’s clear that Rodriguez has poured her heart into this strong family story.

Although a tad predictable at times, The Moroccan Daughter remains a great read. And, whilst we’re all grounded it’s a welcome chance to explore, take an adventure, and immerse oneself in a different culture.

The Moroccan Daughter

FOUR STARS (OUT OF FIVE)

Deborah Rodriguez’s The Moroccan Daughter is out now, from Penguin Australia. Get your copy from Booktopia HERE.

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