Book Review #527
Title: Hana Khan Carries On
Author: Uzma Jalaluddin
Genres: Fiction, Romance
Source: Netgalley UK
Publication Date: April 13, 2021
From the author of Ayesha at Last comes a sparkling new rom-com for fans of “You’ve Got Mail,” set in two competing halal restaurants
Sales are slow at Three Sisters Biryani Poutine, the only halal restaurant in the close-knit Golden Crescent neighbourhood. Hana waitresses there part time, but what she really wants is to tell stories on the radio. If she can just outshine her fellow intern at the city radio station, she may have a chance at landing a job. In the meantime, Hana pours her thoughts and dreams into a podcast, where she forms a lively relationship with one of her listeners. But soon she’ll need all the support she can get: a new competing restaurant, a more upscale halal place, is about to open in the Golden Crescent, threatening Three Sisters.
When her mysterious aunt and her teenage cousin arrive from India for a surprise visit, they draw Hana into a long-buried family secret. A hate-motivated attack on their neighbourhood complicates the situation further, as does Hana’s growing attraction for Aydin, the young owner of the rival restaurant—who might not be a complete stranger after all.
As life on the Golden Crescent unravels, Hana must learn to use her voice, draw on the strength of her community and decide what her future should be.
Hana Khan Carries On is such a wholesome book about family, food and a community that brings people together. It’s also about fighting for what you love as well as surrounded by the warmth of your loved ones. Be warned, this book will make you hungry and crave for the food mentioned but seriously it’s so worth it.
I had so much fun reading this heartwarming book. From the mouthwatering food, the Golden Crescent that fought for their community and especially the cute-sometimes-hate romance between Hana and Aydin. They went through a roller coaster ride of emotions from anger, revenge and guilt but it all ultimately leads to love. It was so obvious to me that they were talking virtually with each other and it was so clear how much they’re destined to be.
Rashid is definitely my favourite character. He’s so funny and always takes me by surprise. He isn’t at all like the teenager I thought he was that at times he is wise and far sighted. I’m so glad that the restaurant stayed in the family.
This book is an eye opener too as the characters had to deal with a hate crime. What they went through and others who deal with this deserved so much more. Why can’t we just live in a world in peace where everyone can practice their faith and religion freely without being chastised. Humans, we are better than this so let us grow together and bloom to be better individuals Insyaallah.
I absolutely love this book so much and I highly recommend everyone to go and pick it up.