The Zanzibar Wife


NOTE- I received my copy of The Zanzibar Wife from the good people at Penguin Random House Australia in exchange for my honest review. If you wish to see my review policy please click here.


Oman. The ancient land of frankincense, wind-swept deserts, craggy mountaintops and turquoise seas.

Into this magical nation come three remarkable women, each facing a crossroad in her life.

Rachel, a troubled American war photographer who is struggling to shed the trauma of her career for a simpler, gentler life. Now she has once again picked up her camera and is headed to Oman to cover a quite different story – for a glossy travel magazine.

Ariana Khan, a bubbly British woman struggling to keep up with the glitz of Dubai and ready to give up on love. She has rashly volunteered as Rachel’s ‘fixer’, a job she’s never heard of in a country she knows nothing about.

And Miza, a young woman living far from her beloved homeland of Zanzibar. As the second wife of Tariq, an Omani man, she remains a secret from his terrifying ‘other’ wife, Maryam. Until one day, when Tariq fails to come home . . .

As the three women journey together across this weird and wonderful land, they are forced to confront their darkest fears and their deepest wishes. Because here in Oman, things aren’t always what they appear to be . . .


My Review

This book has everything one would expect from a stellar piece of chick lit! Drama, romance, adventure and friendship. But what adds to the story even more are the cultural difference of the main characters.

This book is diverse! We have an American atheist (Rachel) who may come across as quite hard at first and closed-minded, but she is deeply troubled by her past career as a war photographer and learns to open her mind to a new culture. Next there is Ariana, who immediately strikes you a superficial and not very bright. She is however compassionate, generous, devoted to her religion and she proves that looks can be deceiving. Oh and very superstitious! Lastly we have Miza who cares so deeply for her husband (even if he does have another wife), her sister and her unborn child. She would go at great lengths to protect the ones she loves, even if that means leaving her African home of Zanzibar.

Funnily enough, on paper the plot primarily centres around Rachel trying to take photos of people making craft in Oman. Sounds boring doesn’t it? But it is soooo not! The plot is intriguing, the characters are complex and it has magic… What else can I say really, except it is plain to see why Rodriguez is a best-selling author. Magic from start to finish.

Oh and it some recipes for all you food lovers too. Yummy!

Overall Rating: cupcupcupcup4/5 teacups

Where to buy a copy:

📗 Penguin
📗 Book Depository
📗 Booktopia

I was also lucky enough to ask Deborah Rodriguez a few questions! Click here to see my interview.

Happy reading x

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