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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
True Lovers' Knot is an exciting debut novel by Ross Naheedy. Mehran is an Iranian American in Chicago. Kirsten is a banker and when she crosses paths with Mehran, they fall in love over a passion for fine arts. Thus begins a journey back in time, back to when Mehran was a teenager, to when he loved and lost. Kirsten learns of the military service he had to endure and how he escaped. Kirsten shares her life with him, and they each find out how they learned from lessons along the way; from parents, from strangers and from situations in life. But the path of true love never runs as it should and Kirsten's and Mehran’s lives deviate a long way from what they expected.
True Lovers' Knot by Ross Naheedy is a wonderful story, a real mixture of love, culture, art, and history. We learn so much about the culture and history of Iran; clearly Mr. Naheedy knows his stuff here and it brings a real depth to the story. It is a gentle read with plenty of action and you will learn a lot about music and art as you turn the pages. It is an easy story, harrowing at times as we learn of the struggles of an immigrant trying to make a life for themselves in a new country with a completely different culture. The characters are wonderfully developed, although I felt we could have learned more about Kirsten – perhaps in another book? Fantastic story, really well written and a great debut novel.