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Amazon Reader Reviews

exquisitely written . . .

simply beautiful . . .

I could not put it down . . .

compelling . . .

captivating . . .

gripping and heartfelt . . .

stunningly moving and poetic . . .

a book for people who love to love and love to think . . .

Can't wait for more from this author . . .

amazingly well-written . . .

a delightful reading journey . . .

best book I've read this year!

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Kirkus Reviews

. . . A highly personal story that mines the psychology of betrayal and forgiveness . . .

Home Is Where the Wine Is
5 out of 5 Stars

Move over ladies. This man knows how to write romance! Compelling, beautiful, emotional ... one of the best books I've had the pleasure of reading all year!

The writing is absolutely breathtaking. Carey takes you on a journey that you will never want to be over. I consumed this book in a little over a day and it's not a light read people. Half romance, half history lesson. You can tell the author is very educated in the Afghan culture. I loved the poems at the end of each chapter.

The appendix was truly amazing and unexpected. This book is recommend for anyone that has ever loved. Anyone that ever wants to fall in love and anyone that has ever truly forgiven someone and found love again.

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A State of Grace
By C.R. Hurst TOP 500 Amazon Reviewer

Spanning the years from 1962 to 2002, the novel follows the 40-year journey of an Afghan woman who narrates the story of her troubled marriage. Its author, Carey Richard, captures the beauty and tragedy of this woman's life and country with such exquisite imagery and sensitivity that I think it the best fiction title I have read this year.

What impresses me the most about The Poppy Field Diary is that it presents a woman's perspective written convincingly by a man. The introspection and compassion illustrated by the author surprised me. I never once doubted the credibility of his narration and even think that the perspective may have allowed him an objectivity rarely seen in women's fiction, where men are often portrayed as one dimensional rogues. That is not the case here. The husband though flawed is sympathetic, as are all the characters in The Poppy Field Diary.

The Poppy Field Diary is not a book I will forget.