Ayesha at Last

Narrated by: Roshni Shukla
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (160 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As seen on the Today Show! One of the best summer romance picks!

One of Publishers Weekly's Best Romance Books of 2019! 

A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.

Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job, so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her 100th marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn't want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid, who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices, and who dresses like he belongs in the seventh century. 

When a surprise engagement is announced between Khalid and Hafsa, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Looking into the rumors, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.

©2019 Uzma Jalaluddin (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“A delicious and entertaining novel.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Jalaluddin cleverly illustrates the social pressures facing young Indian-Muslim adults...a highly entertaining tale of family, community, and romance.”(Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

“This sweet debut novel ticks all the boxes for one of summer’s best reads: It’s smart, witty, romantic and utterly charming.” (Canadian Living)

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Beautiful and Completely Human Story

Uzma has written a positively lovely update of Pride and Prejudice, translating the historical novel through a modern lens is done perfectly.

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I'm glad I listened to the audio version!

the narrator was excellent in pronouncing the character names and differentiating them with her different voices. I very much enjoyed all of this book, and was eager to always find out what happened next.

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Loved it!

I loved this book! Its a Pride and Prejudice story with a modern, muslim twist. Sooo good! I highly recommend!

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lovely and dynamic

I loved the story line, and that it was presented from multiple points of view.

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a very enjoyable book

this was a light and refreshing read. I enjoyed the performance very much and the characters as well. it's a reminder that our facade is as big as our insecurities, regardless of what we show the world. The characters were relatable and the plot moved along at an easy pace. a nice way to turn my brain off at the end of the day.

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Pride and Prejudice is always good

I loved this sweet retelling of pride and prejudice. The story was interesting from the first page. I loved the main characters and how they realized and overcame their flaws to grow a life they loved. I will definitely be recommending this book to fellow reader friends!

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Modern Muslin Marriage Rituals

A bit slow in the middle, but eventually picked up the pace. A close view of family traditions and cultural differences. Very well performed.

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Sooooo good!

I totally recommend this book- I couldn’t stop listening. Ironically I discovered this book last summer, and I am now getting to it. It’s discusses how religion can be a hinderance, racial issues, gender bias, family secrets... all wrapped in a beautiful romance. Get it. You won’t be disappointed at ALL! :)

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A fantastic take on a loved classic.

It was a pure joy to listen to a story that I've enjoyed for years modernized in such a new way. I especially liked learning the courting customs of a culture I'm not familiar with. So worth the listen!

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Very good, but might have been even better

The background (Muslim society in Canada) of this story is very interesting. The story would be even better if it was more original. I recognized quite enough of Pride and Prejudice in this one (I love Jane Austen).

It is a pitty I cannot give half of a star. It is not quite worthy of 5 stars but it is better than 4, so I give it 4.5 stars.