Blue-Eyed Arabs of the North by Patricia Bjornstad

It’s the late 1980s and Katie has left the home of her birth (America) to join her new husband in a strange land (Norway). Katie’s not completely happy and needs a change of scenery so she jumps at the change to teach English at a school in England for a month. There she meets David and is very attracted to him, making her question just how strong the vows she made to Olaf really are.

Blue-Eyed Arabs of the North is a fictionalized memoir. Sometimes it was very meandery and things were repeated over and over, but in a way, this added to its charm. I often felt like I was sitting down with a grandmother and she was telling me a little part of her story. I think it could have been edited down about 300 pages, but that might remove some of the charm. It is obvious the author was an English teacher. The grammar and vocabulary are excellent. The timeline was sometimes confusing even with repeatedly mentioning what day it was. The bits of ex-pat confusion with a new culture were quite funny (and would probably be even funnier to someone who is an ex-pat themselves). The bits of mangled English from Katie’s husband were utterly adorable. Overall, I enjoyed this book and recommend it to adults who enjoy romances or are American ex-pats.

4 (out of 5) Stars

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One response to “Blue-Eyed Arabs of the North by Patricia Bjornstad

  1. Patricia Bjørnstad

    Dear Heather, thank you so much for your astute observations and fair review. Sincerely yours, Patricia Bjørnstad

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