Title: Dreaming in English
Author: Laura Fitzgerald
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: NAL Trade
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Multicultural Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
In this sequel to Veil of Roses (which this review contains spoilers for), Tamila Sourush is still on cloud nine from her hasty wedding to Ike. When the lovebirds return to Tucson, though, Tami’s fairy tale quickly shatters. Ike’s family refuses to accept their marriage, and there is still a large chance Tami could still be sent back to Iran. With all of these new challenges, Tami isn’t sure whether to fight for what she wants or whether to give in to fate and return to Iran.
When I heard that Laura Fitzgerald was writing a sequel to Veil of Roses, I was intrigued. While I do enjoy happily ever after endings, I always wonder what comes next. Life is always throwing curveballs, and just because things seem perfect at one point doesn’t mean they will stay that way. Therefore, I was eager to revisit with Tami and Ike and see what came next for the two of them.
Once again, Tami is a wonderfully sweet character. Even when things are at their toughest and she is doubting herself, the reader can’t help but love her. I loved her warmth and her spirit, but also her consideration for others. It’s clear she loves Ike, her sister, her parents, and just wants what’s best for all of them, even if it ends up costing her. At the same time though, she learns a valuable lesson from Ike – sometimes you have to fight for what you want.
What I loved about Veil of Roses and continued to appreciate in Dreaming in English is that no one in these books is perfect. Sometimes Tami’s self-doubt can be frustrating; at other times, Ike can seem entitled and spoiled, and not understanding enough of Tami’s predicament. But the beauty of the story is in these two imperfect individuals and how they truly love one another, in spite of and because of their differences.
While Fitzgerald does a solid job reviewing the events of Veil of Roses in this book, I would recommend reading the books in order. Dreaming in English does function as a standalone, but readers would miss out on some great character development by treating it that way.
Admittedly, Dreaming in English does fall prey to some clichés and cheesiness, especially towards the end of the book, but it was still an enjoyable read that I definitely recommend. Fitzgerald does an a wonderful job with her characters, and I enjoyed revisiting them in this book.