The Syrian Virgin by Zack Love
A Young Woman's Journey From War in Syria to Love in New York ( Series Book 1)

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Anissa is traumatized by the most brutal conflict of the 21st Century: the Syrian Civil War. In 2012, Islamists in Homs terrorize a Syrian-Christian community and destroy everything that a young woman holds dear. Narrowly escaping death, Anissa restarts her devastated life as a college student in NY. She is bewildered and lost -- a virgin in every sense.

But despite her inexperience with men and life in the United States, Anissa is quickly drawn to two powerful individuals: Michael Kassab, the Syrian-American leader working to found the first Mideast Christian state, and Julien Morales, her Columbia University professor who runs a $20 billion hedge fund.

Complicating matters, Michael is still attached to his ex-girlfriend and Julien is the most sought after bachelor in Manhattan (and has hidden demons even his therapist can't extract). Anissa's heart and her communal ties pull her in different directions, as she seeks hope and renewal in a dark world.

WARNING: This book is about a young woman's difficult journey: her escape from Syria's Civil War, her transition to a new a country, and the relationships that she forms along the way, including her romantic interests in two very different men. The story is set against the backdrop of the Syrian Civil War and makes reference to violent acts, sometimes in detail. There is some occasional profanity and a few scenes that depict sexual intimacy. Accordingly, the recommended minimum age for readers is 16. The novel might be compared to books like "The Diary of Anne Frank" or "The Kite Runner."

About Zack Love

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Published November 6, 2014 270 pages
Genres: Romance, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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You feel great sympathy for Anissa from the start as Love conveys with devastating power the terrifying tragedy which is contemporary Syria and leaves you gasping for air as Anissa escapes her family's deadly fate.

May 09 2016 | Read Full Review of The Syrian Virgin: A Young Wo...

(The famous quote from Herzl, founder of modern Zionism, readily comes to mind here even before Michael himself quotes it: “If you will it, it is no dream.”) Julien has money, loads of it, more than he knows what to do with, and he has fallen under the spell of the brilliant beautiful Syrian virgin.

May 02 2016 | Read Full Review of The Syrian Virgin: A Young Wo...

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