By Farzana Hakim
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‘I hate you Hassan Iqmal!’
‘I’ve hated him since the first day of secondary school. He was my tormentor. A bad boy, bully, who pulled my plaits, stole my stationary and called me awful names.
How this burning hate later melts into an ardent love, compels me to this day…’
Samina is in love with Hassan. But what will become of this love, when her cultural and religious boundaries begin to hinder her dreams of any future with him?
Will Samina admit her feelings for Hassan as they plough through the obstacles of growing up in multicultural London?
Will she survive the bitterness of family expectations and secrets?
Come follow the Sweethearts in this story of innocence and a deeply moving friendship, and experience how it turns into a twisted tale of fates…
A Heart rendering read from award winning debut novelist Farzana Hakim. Her second novel The Silence of a Deep River, which is an equally moving and thought-provoking story, has already won first prize in the Pen to Print Book Challenge.