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Painting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q. Fernandes – Review by Dawn Daughenbaugh

Painting Kuwait VioletPainting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q. Fernandes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Star
Painting Kuwait Violet By Pamela Q. Fernandes is a coming of age book that I was drawn into and couldn’t put it down once I started reading. This book is about a woman who has taken a job as a maid in Kuwait to make money to pay for her mothers mortgage. But what she didn’t realize was she might have gotten more than she expected to. I love Violets character and her attitude, she doesn’t take anything from anyone. Ilook forward to reading more from this Author. I definitely recommend reading this book

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Painting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q. Fernandes – Review by Julie Lounello

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Painting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q. Fernandes is a five star novel. I love reading about other countries and how their lives are different than ours. Being written by an author who lived in Kuwait and came back in 1996 after the war, I feel that her depiction is probably pretty accurate. It is hard for me to imagine having a life where I couldn’t be in control of it. As a woman, I live my life, work my job and make my own decisions. In Kuwait, life is very different for women where society is strictly patriarchal. Violet is a young woman just trying to help her family. When her father dies unexpectedly, she realizes she needs to find work to help her family pay off the debts that were accrued by her father. She leaves her homeland to go work in Kuwait. Once she gets there, she realizes things have been happening at her new home where she is a maid that are unexplainable. She soon realizes her boss and her are a lot alike and only want to make their own way in the world to make life easier for themselves and their families. Will they both come out the other side and be successful people? Read this book and you will find out what happens to them.

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Painting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q. Fernandes – Review by Madison Degraffenreid

Painting Kuwait VioletPainting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q. Fernandes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Painting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q. Fernandes

5-stars

Violet has a lot on her shoulders following her father’s death. He left a massive amount of debt behind and being a recent graduate she had hoped to gain a decent paying job to tend to her mother and keep the house. Unfortunately things don’t work out for her like she hoped and in order to pay off the debt she agrees to work as a maid in a home in Kuwait. As she steps into this different culture she learns a great deal on cooking their cuisine and tending to the family. Sadly other maids kept disappearing before she arrived and trouble lurks just around the corner.

  1. I love following Violet in a new culture. She was a fascinating character who experienced a lot of growth upon leaving home. I did not foresee many of the changes and events that occurred in her story and I felt that it kept it interesting. Something I took away from this novel though is that you have to work for what you want and to stay focused on that goal no matter what life throws your way. It also made me appreciate my family in a new light. Excellent read though and I definitely recommend this book.View all my reviews

Painting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q. Fernandes – Review by Debi Kircher

Painting Kuwait VioletPainting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q. Fernandes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Painting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q. Fernandes

5 Stars

This is my first book by this author, I chose it first because the synopsis made me curios, I was in the mood for something different, and the cover is absolutely gorgeous.

I don’t normally read stories like this and I think it has a lot to do with just how real it makes things in the world…If you don’t read about it you can kind of convince yourself that it really isn’t real when in fact it’s more real than I like to imagine. In saying that, this author grabbed me right from the first page and didn’t let go. I didn’t want to be so engaged but I couldn’t help it because the writing was just that good.

This story was rich in history and also had a storyline that kept me glued to my kindle. The writing was so smooth and before I knew it I was done and had to sit for a few minutes letting it all sink in. Some parts were really hard to read, not because of the writing but because of the facts themselves.

I was looking for something different and i definitely got it with this book, and the fact that I stayed interested is purely the writing talent of this author, and I came away with somethings I wish I didn’t know but also an amazing new author to follow. I can’t wait to read more and definitely will.

Sincerely loved this book!

Review by @debikircher

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Painting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q. Fernandes – Review by Sue Kemp

Painting Kuwait VioletPainting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q. Fernandes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Painting Kuwait Violet
By Pamela Q. Fernandes

Painting Kuwait Violet is a wonderful story by Pamela Q. Fernandes. This is the first book I have read by this author and I have to say I not only liked the book but the writing style of the author. Violet is a much-educated young lady. But after the death of her beloved father, her family is now in monetary crisis. Her aunt gives her information on being a maid overseas and also outlined the strict obligations that comes with the role. Violet sees no other way to help her family out of the crisis they are in but to become a maid. Violets mother is not happy that her educated daughter is even thinking of being a maid and voices her worries of what other people will think of this matter. Violet tells me mother that this is only for two years and since she can’t find a job at home she has no other choice. After all its only for two years, right? The question is will Violet be able to cope being a maid in a strange country? And will she become a victim of Sabah Dashti, her sponsor?

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Painting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q Fernandes – Review by Tracy Wilkin

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Painting Kuwait Violet is a stunning and descriptive depiction of the way that women are treated in modern day society, and the struggles they have each and every day. Simple things like going to school is a luxury many never experience. This powerful novel is extraordinarily written by Pamela Q Fernandes. It was difficult to read, at times, but the author demonstrated respect, compassion and clarity in her writing.

In a world where women are not treated equally or respectfully, Violet has learnt that she has little value as a human and must serve a purpose, or be deemed of no use, which is something she does not want. Traumatic times were experienced by Violet, and even though many tried, she could not be broken. A little scarred and a lot battered, but still holding it together.

Pamela Q. Fernandes penned a brutally honest and deeply moving tale that left quite an impact on me as a reader. It made me thankful that I grew up free and where my opinion and feelings mattered. This author makes you think and appreciate all that you have and be forever grateful for all the women who fought against adversity, paving the way for women to live freely and safely and use our voices and be heard. 4 stars.

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Painting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q. Fernandes – Review by Candida Hopper

Painting Kuwait VioletPainting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q. Fernandes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Painting Kuwait Violet
By Pamela Q. Fernandes
I was riveted by this story from beginning to end. This is the first time I have read anything by this author and I am glad I took a chance on a book I wasn’t sure about. This book dealt with a few different issues and it did it very seamlessly. The story of Violet and her reasons for becoming a maid and the issue with the other maids, and so much more was very intriguing. This is a very good book, and a must read if you want to find out where Violet ends up and do they find out what’s happening to the other maids? I found out things about a different culture that I knew nothing about and I truly enjoyed reading this book!! I highly recommend this book.

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Painting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q. Fernandes – Review by Angela Shirley

Painting Kuwait VioletPainting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q. Fernandes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Painting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q. Fernandes is a brilliant thought provoking story of an age where money talks and the boys club was rife.

The book is set in the 90’s when the currency of the world was Oil and Kuwait had lots and the men who run them were royalty and nothing could hurt them. Violet is an educated woman who needs to support her family and decides to take a job as domestic help in Kuwait,where an unlikely friendship develops.

The author discuss some topics which were heart felt and shocking, with Violet trying to get to the bottom of the disappearances will this passion to seek justice put her in more danger. Will her mistress be pushed into a corner as a businesswoman and her reputation ruined just because of her gender.

I thought this book opened up topics that people have been debating for years, to be set in the 90’s when these questions and behaviours were just coming to the forefront was a refreshing twist also with it set in the Far East. I enjoyed the twists in the story and enjoyed the flow of this well written novel.

I can’t wait to read more from this author.

 

Review by @ashirley

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Painting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q. Fernandes – Review by Sara Oxton

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Painting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q. Fernandes a four-star read that will turn your head. This was my first read by this author and I hope it won’t be my last as it was a compelling and often eye-opening but at times a little confusing. The twists and turns make the story interesting and give it a depth that would be missing from the story otherwise.

Review by @saraoxo

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Painting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q Fernandes- Review by Felicia Bates

Painting Kuwait VioletPainting Kuwait Violet by Pamela Q. Fernandes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Painting Kuwait Violet
Pamela Q Fernandes
4 out of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Painting Kuwait Violet since Pamela Q Fernandes is a new to me author, but I know I wasn’t expecting the novel to hit the ground running with such pulse quickening speed. The first chapter was attention grabbing and I was drawn to the book immediately.
I felt that the writing throughout stayed incredibly strong and the conversations between characters were authentic and felt as though I was listening in on friends. The characters were raw and relatable, specifically Violet and the story really held a lot of emotion.
Painting Kuwait Violet is a very different story then the ones I’ve been reading lately, more of a book that sticks with you, popping into your mind here and there and really making you reflect on what you just read. I really enjoyed the book overall and I am intrigued by the about the author segment, I am looking forward to checking out more of what she has written.
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