I think I will stick to thrillers/mysteries from now on...I am sure this book will appeal to many folks, but I am not one of them. I was just so uninterested in the fate of any of the characters and since I predicted the ending from about page 20, it was difficult to even get through to the end. I found the writing to lack emotion and more of a narrative. The plot had promise, but it needed more development and none of the pieces seemed to tie together neatly. Overall, it's a shell to what could be an interesting, touching, enjoyable story.The assumption is right that fans of Nicholas Sparks will enjoy this book (although I think Sparks' books have a bit more substance). The fan base is certainly out there for this book- I hope those readers are able to find it.
I read this book without reading the first part, Veil of Roses. Although I enjoyed this different perspective of the American Dream, I think reading the first book would have added to the depth of the story. I liked this book, but I didn't love it. The character development was wonderful, but the story (life in Iran, married life) was lacking a bit, as was the dialogue between characters. I'm anxious to read the first book to see how it compares.