Title: The Syrian Virgin
Author: Zack Love
Genre: Contemporary Fiction and Political/Interracial Romance
Cover Design: Pink Ink Designs by Cassy Roop
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."
The Syrian Virgin is like nothing I’ve read before, but it is so unique and intriguing that I couldn’t put it down. I loved the story line and everything it involved. You get a sense of history in this story and a really sad one at that. I loved Anissa’s diary entries because you get to know her better and get an in depth view of everything that she goes through. It will break your heart the night she loses everything. I adored her strength throughout the book. No matter what happened she kept going and trying to do the best she could for her family’s sake. So if you love reading an amazing story that will just blow you away and leave you wondering about things today and things that happen in other countries, not to mention a story about finding yourself and love, then this story is a must. I definitely give Zack a big thumbs up for The Syrian Virgin; his stories just keep captivating me and always surprise me.