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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 23:42

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By Janey DeMeo, Special to ASSIST News Service (ANS Book Review) 

Shores of our Souls cover smallerVISTA, CA (ANS – October 4, 2017) -- The Shores of our Souls by Kathryn Brown Ramsperger is a love story about a young American girl, Dianna, and an Arab Muslim, Quasim, who meet by chance stateside. Their worlds are very different, their worldviews too, but they both share the need to be both loved and useful to a cause. For Quasim, his calling is cut out; Dianna on the other hand is still searching and discovering hers.

The narrative shifts back and forth between Quasim and Dianna’s point of views, shedding light on their diverse cultural backgrounds and situations. But the characters themselves seem unable (or unwilling) to fully open up to one another and share their innermost struggles. It is as though the reader is privy to more information than the characters.

Kathryn Brown Ramsperger smallerThe story takes place during the eighties and is wonderful as far as shedding light on the Middle East culture as well as the conflict during that time -- especially in a day and age when history is being distorted. But I find the book weak in other areas. Although the writing is good, I did not find the story compelling nor the characters that credible. (I found Quasim to be a little too flimsy compared to the many Middle Easterners I knew during my twenty-two years living in France.)

The truth is, I usually review Christian books -- which this clearly is not -- and perhaps that is why the story did not hold sufficient appeal for me. But that’s not to say that others would not enjoy it. They may, especially if they like controversial and intercultural love stories.

Find out more about Kathryn Brown Ramsperger and The Shores of our Souls here: http://shoresofoursouls.com.

Photo captions: 1) Book cover. 2) Kathryn Brown Ramsperger. 3) Louis and Janey DeMeo.

small Louis and Janey DeMeoAbout the writer: Janey DeMeo is the founding-president of Orphans First -- a Christ-cantered non-profit ministry helping underprivileged children around the world. She is an author, freelance writer and Bible teacher -- and has worked with husband, Louis, as a church-planter in France. Her website is: www.orphansfirst.org.

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