Review by dianaterrado -- Followed my Star by AR Annahita

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Review by dianaterrado -- Followed my Star by AR Annahita

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Followed my Star" by AR Annahita.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Followed my Star by AR Annahita is a beautifully-told love story. It tells the author's journey of finding true love. It's a short read that narrates how Annahita met her now husband, Chris, went thru the struggles of falling in love and making that love last despite all odds.

When AR Annahita and Chris first met, the connection was instantaneous. It was as what you might expect a first love to be like. It was shy and hesitant but expectant and beautiful. And it was not without its complications. Annahita and Chris come from two very different backgrounds. AR Annahita is an Iranian living in Germany and Chris is an American soldier. When Chris proposed to Annahita, they both struggled to decide where to live. Who would give way to keep the relationship going?

The author writes very beautifully about love. Which is ironic, considering she's actually quite distrustful of men. She did not have good male role models growing up. She thinks that relationships will inevitably end with betrayal. However, falling in love with Chris showed her differently. I liked seeing their relationship grow and develop. The portrayal was believable and realistic. It was far from perfect, as all relationships are, but it was beautiful and sweet.

There were other minor characters introduced throughout the book. Unfortunately, they were all mentioned in passing and had no real impact to the story. I found this quite disappointing. I do like to read books with strong main and secondary characters. I feel like they add more depth and insight to the story.

The author's take on religion and God is refreshing. She doesn't believe in the version of God that the Bible or the Quran describes. God to her is whoever and whatever she believes God to be. It is not dictated by anything. She finds freedom in this way of thinking and feels safe in this belief. I have never seen God or religion put in this way before. And quite frankly? I think it's good.

The author also tackled the vast difference between America and Germany in terms of culture, religion and economy. It was quite insightful.

Followed my Star is a lyrical and an emotionally driven book. The author's writing was incredibly engrossing. AR Annahita wrote with so much passion and this was evident in every page. I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. There were no noticeable errors in grammar and spelling. The book was well-edited.

I would recommend Followed my Star to anyone looking for a book that is romantic,
heartwarming, inspirational and at times, heartbreaking. It's a sweet and wonderful story that makes one believe in true love.

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This sounds like a lovely love story.

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The struggle in bringing together two cultures will always be interesting, but it might have been served better with stronger minor characters. Still, I think this could be a lovely story, just not one for me.
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This sounds like a very beautiful story! I don’t usually read romance, but I may have to check this one out.
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