A turbulent, emotionally charged YA novel that breaks down barriers and challenges the status quo...
Angry, seventeen-year-old Iraqi war refugee Mirriam Yohanna hates her new life in Killeen, Texas, where the main attraction is a military base, populated with spoiled army brats like Caleb Miller.
Caleb has much to be angry about too, including Mirriam who turns him down flat in front of everyone. Eager for retribution, Caleb agrees to a dare that will see him take Mirriam to the prom and regain his pride.
But their relationship soon moves beyond high school antics. Mirriam and Caleb are bound together by more than location, and as they are forced to work closely together on a school assignment, they start to uncover an explosive story that has the potential to ruin lives — and both of their futures. One single truth changes everything and strengthens their bond.
When Mirriam's family discovers their relationship, they decide it's time to arrange her marriage to a proper Iraqi man. Caleb must convince Mirriam that he is in it for forever — or risk losing her for good.
I really liked the idea of the book and I tried very hard to loose myself in it completely but I just couldn’t. To begin with everything in this book happened so fast that I could barely follow. One moment the main characters were hating each other and the next moment they were completely in love with each other. And I’ve the feeling that I could have loved this story if it only was longer.
Until the first half of the book I would have rated it two stars, but then it turned out that I went much deeper than I could ever imagined myself. There were some other things I also loved about this book like the multicultural aspect, and there very different views on the war in Iraq. I also loved how Caleb’s and Miriam’s story interweaved at a certain point. A Missing Peace has also an alternation first POV, which I’m a huge fan of since it allows the reader to the story from two different perspectives.
Caleb and Miriam were also great for each other, they both dealt with some major issues from their past that they couldn’t let go. And in a way they helped each other to get over it and to look at the future again.
About the author
Meet Beth Fred! A full time ELF keeper and part time writer/blogger/writing instructor. Beth likes her tea hot, her romance sweet, and her guys chivalrous. Real men hold open doors, refer to you as ma'am, make promises they keep, and aren't afraid to profess their undying love. It's not breakfast if there aren't carbs (at least, not in the South). Fajitas, carnitas, and churros are just a few of Beth's favorite things. Bet you can't guess where she's from.
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Author: Beth Fred
Title: A Missing Peace
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Publishing date: September 1st 2013