A dead grandmother. A molesting stepfather. A gigantic determination to flee abuse.
Noor is a minor at her wits ends in India of 1980 when the law forces her into the clutches of her dubious parents. Her only escape lies in an arranged marriage. But if her parents’ selection of groom for her turns out an abuser too, what will she do then?
Sergio Santander, a Peruvian diplomat to India, discovers Noor’s desperation when he meets her at a party. Sixteen years her senior, he sees this as the perfect opportunity to propose to the twenty-year-old himself.
Noor seizes the chance to marry Sergio because he seems the safer option compared to marrying a total stranger. Will her “safe choice” pan out once Noor is all alone in a foreign country on the other side of the planet?
DRAGONFLY ESCAPING is the first of a series of woman’s fiction novels based on a true story. If you like your tales raw, your emotions uncensored, and your locales exotic, this is your book!
Unlock DRAGONFLY ESCAPING to start a nonstop saga of globetrotting interlaced with deceit, passion, and loyalty where love refuses to fit inside a neat box.
Noor has been living with her grandmother most of her life. But, when her grandmother approves of a beating of Noor by Noor’s fiancé, she moves out and into a convent. Then her grandmother passes away and Noor is guilt ridden and terrified. Because now she has to move in with her mother. Eventually she marries a man to take her away from her home life. It only turns out, this is not the saving grace she expected.
This book is very well written and completely captivating. I had emotions all over the place. There were quite a few times in which I wanted to come through the pages a slap someone on Noor’s behalf. Talk about a tough woman. However, through all her trials, she survives!
This book should have been a 5 star read for me. And it very well could be for most people. And this might not be fair, the only reason I gave this a 4 star is because Noor had so many terrible experiences, I felt like it was just too much. She needed to experience some happiness. Everyone has terrible parts of their lives but everyone also experiences some happiness. Noor really didn’t. She had a few but they were very few and she was stabbed in the back again. And like I said…this might not be fair to the author. This reader just needed a break.
Need an emotional read which will have you gasping for air…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today.
I received this novel from the author for a honest review.
About The Author:
Raya Khedker was only three years old when she received her first writing inspiration, watching her father tie a thread to a dragonfly’s tail in the garden of their Calcutta home, then handing her the ensemble to fly like a live kite. Too young to discern the cruelty of this practice, Raya flew those dragonflies, mesmerized by the beauty and iridescence of their gossamer wings shining like precious jewels under the Indian sun, delighted by how those magical dragonflies were always within her control.
Decades later, those trapped dragonflies would become the heart of Raya’s debut novel, Dragonfly Escaping. Her biggest dream is to inspire women to recognize their untapped power, give it their all, and fulfill any goal they want.
Armed with a B.A. in Spanish Honors and an M.A. in Teaching, Raya has worked as an interpreter, a translator, teacher, private tutor, jail guard, and a seasonal farm laborer on different continents. At present, when she isn’t writing, she interprets and translates for federal and state courts in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
“Compelling, disturbing, inspiring, real—Dragonfly Escaping reads as if you aren’t reading at all and are instead there with Noor, cheering her on, startled at the injustices she’s forced to face, jumping to her defense when she can’t defend herself. By writing us a window into a multicultural cultural arena, author Raya Khedker powerfully showcases the two-three-way influence between people and their circumstances.” Libybet R. G., Proofreader, Red Adept Editing
“Raw, intense, and emotional, Dragonfly Escaping brings to light the pain and suffering of young Noor as she endures a challenging childhood in India, where girls are married off for convenience. But her dream of escaping her parents and homeland might not be all she had hoped, especially when she finds herself in a foreign country with few allies and far more hostile enemies.” Amanda K., Line Editor, Red Adept Editing