This delightful novel from the internationally bestselling author of POMEGRANATE SOUP follows the heartwarming adventures of three Iranian sisters in a tiny Irish village. the beautiful Iranian sisters-Marjan, Bahar, and Layla Aminpour have charmed the locals of Ballinacroagh with their warm hearts and the delectable Persian cuisine of their beguiling Babylon Cafe, bringing a saffron-scented spice into the once-sleepy Irish town. When a young woman with a dark secret literally washes up on Clew Bay Beach, the sisters' world is turned upside down once again. With pale skin and webbed hands, the girl is otherworldly, but her wounds tell a more earthly (and graver) story. Each sister must also contend with her own transformation - Marjan tests her feelings for love, Bahar takes on a new spiritual commitment, and Layla matures into a young woman when she and her boyfriend, Malachy, step up their relationship. Filled with mouthwatering recipes and enchanting details of life in Ireland, ROSEWAtER AND SODA BREAD is infused with a lyrical warmth that radiates from the Aminpour family to the whole of Ballinacroagh - and the world beyond. 'effortlessly combines Persian and Irish culture' - Herald Sun
Mehran's second novel (after Pomegranate Soup) resumes the story of three Iranian sisters making their lives anew in smalltown Ireland. Beautiful and creative Marjan Aminpour cares for her younger sisters, Bahar and Layla; together the three run Babylon Cafe, and few locals can resist its charms or the amiability of its proprietresses. Although Marjan rules the roost, her sisters have secrets of their own, and their growing independence forces Marjan to allow them their freedom and confront her own needs especially after she meets handsome Julian Winthrop Muir. As Marjan gives her sisters more space, the suspicious and xenophobic local busybody Dervla Quigley remains determined to uncover whatever foul play the "foreign women" have up their sleeves. And when Marjan's friend Estelle reveals that she has rescued and helped a drowning girl, Marjan becomes involved in a secret that soon has Dervla plotting their downfall. Gourmands will savor the foodie passages (recipes, of course, are included), while the sisters' exploits will win over readers into lighter fare about making a new home and growing up.