Saffron Dreams by Shaila Abdullah {Sponsored Book Review}

This book was reviewed by my daughter for Modern History Press.

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When reading Saffron Dreams by Shaila Abdullah, I was emotionally moved on several instances. This book is great in many ways. It tells about the ways people have to struggle in life, and the things they have to go through. When reading this book, you will meet a girl named Arissa. When she meets an incredible man and moves from Pakistan to New York with him, things seem pleasant, then the unthinkable happens..

Her husband is killed in the tragic and devastating accident of 9/11. Arissa, being a Muslim living in America at that time, faces many struggles. Many people stereotype against her. They associate her with the terrorists who took down the Twin Towers. When it seems like she has hit rock bottom, even more tragedy strikes. She has been told that her unborn son has serious birth defects and has slim chances of ever living a full life. As her life came tumbling down, she struggled through; all the while, defending her race against the harsh slurs of the American world.

What makes this book so unique is that, instead of being told by a typical American, it is told by an American immigrant. This makes the book more heart-touching because, everyone always considers how the Americans felt during 9/11, but no one really ever considered how the Muslims have felt. It wasn’t just stereotypical white Americans affected by that tragedy and many times people of other nationalities are forgotten. But, people already have a tendency to stereotype, and when people are going through a really hard time, they do and say things that they may not mean.

This book really shows you that everyone has struggles to go through. I doesn’t matter what race or religion you are; you can push through the toughest times in life, and end up okay. Not only does this book tell a great story, but the book is well written and the story has a freat flow. I would suggest this book to anyone who loves to read books with a story that is worthwhile!

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About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn is a full time travel and lifestyle blogger. Besides Cheap Is The New Classy, she also owns and writes for, an entertainment site. Her interests include traveling, home decor, DIY projects, organizing her home and enjoying a nice cup of coffee {or two}. She currently resides in North Carolina with her dog, Daisy.


  1. Thank you on behalf of Shaila Abdullah and myself for your thoughtful review of Saffron Dreams. You would be surprised at how many people want to know nothing about the Muslim-American experience! We hope this book will help people at least consider how it might be to stand in someone else’s shoes. Thanks again.


  2. This sounds like a really great book. Something that I would really enjoy!

  3. Wow! This sounds like a really great book. I’ve always been interested in anything to do with 9/11 and I have a best friend who suffered prejudice as a Muslim after that attacks. I’ll have to check this out.

  4. HD Worley says:

    This sounds like great book. I have never heard of it until now. Thank you.