Sofia Khan and the Baby Blues
by Ayisha Malik
Sofia Khan is going about everything the wrong way. At least, that’s what her mother, Mehnaz, thinks. Sofia is twice-divorced, homeless and – worst of all – refusing to give up on a fostered baby girl. Sofia’s just not behaving like a normal woman should.
Sofia doesn’t see it like that. She’s planning to adopt Millie, and she’s sure it’ll be worth it. (Even if it means she and Millie have to stay at Mehnaz’s place for a while.) And as Sofia finally begins to live the life she’s chosen, she finds both romance and happiness start to blossom.
But then someone comes back from the past – and not even Sofia’s own past. Suddenly, she’s faced with a choice. To do what’s best for those she loves, Sofia might have to break her own heart. And she might find herself needing the last person she expected . . .
Just like all books in this series, this is a short read, more of a novella. I’ve only just realised, but Sofia Khan is the leading lady of her own series of books, starting with “Sofia Khan is Not Obliged” and “The Other Half of Happiness”. In this third story, Sofia is twice-divorced and in the process of adopting a baby. I haven’t read either of the other books but I don’t think it’s important to have either. The background story is explained well and the characters are freshly introduced.
In just over 100 pages, this book crams a lot in. Written in a diary format, Sofia is battling societal pressure, family pressure and pressure she has put on herself.
I enjoyed the character and her slightly scatty way of thinking. The story was all over the place and the writing was too, clearly demonstrating how Sofia would write in real life. There were many aspects that made me laugh and it definitely put a smile on my face, but I felt the story ended quite abruptly and there were some plot points I wasn’t so keen on, for example the adoption story.
I enjoyed this as a quick read, but I don’t think I’ll be reading the full novels on this occasion.
Overall rating: A quick read, Ayisha Malik’s book ‘Sofia Khan and the Baby Blues’ is a fun read, even if it’s a little all over the place. For me this was enjoyable as a quick read, but I’m not rushing to read the rest of Sofia’s story – 3 stars.
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