Ayesha at Last is a feel-good modern romantic comedy that will leave you smiling, but with some things to think about. Ayesha is a Muslim immigrant to Canada. She moved to Toronto with her mother, brother, and grandparents as a child from India after her father was killed. A substitute teacher and aspiring poet, she fights her family's traditions when she doesn't want to have an arranged marriage. Khalid works at a tech firm and just wants to keep his head down and not ruffle any feathers, however the way he dresses and practices his religion has his new boss coming for him. While both of these twentysomethings feel like they are trying to take direction in their own lives, they learn that the way they see themselves and the way the world sees them doesn't match up. While they are finding themselves, they find each other, with some bumps along the way. While not quite a straight-up retelling of Pride and Prejudice, any lovers of Austen's strong female characters, and the occasional Shakespeare quote, will find something to enjoy in this story.
I never thought I would be so invested in the lives of a family of wolves. Blakeslee does an effortless job telling the story of the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone. He shows all sides of the story, from why hunters don't want them, to why watchers fall in love. While the lens of this tale is a wide one ranging states and decades, O-Six, the alpha female of a Yellowstone pack, is the string that ties all of it together. Blakeslee could get stuck in the weeds with all of the details provided by various Yellowstone rangers and visitors, but he weaves in important history and information without bogging you down.
Amal is happy living her life in her small Pakistani town. She goes to school, takes care of her sisters, and patiently waits for her mom to have a baby while dreaming about being a teacher and sneaking books from her friend, Omar. Everything is great until she stands up to the wrong man in the market. Unknowingly, Amal offends the man who controls the debts in her town and her whole life changes. Amal learns that her actions have consequences that even her parents couldn't imagine. She has to decide whether to accept her fate or fight for what she thinks is right.