by Dina Al-Hidiq Zebib
Outskirts Press

"No matter where you are or where you go, the entire world rests in your heart."

Thirty-five-year-old Sara once thought that she had it made: a wonderful husband, a sweet little boy, and a successful career. Now desperately seeking help from a therapist, Sara is at a complete loss since she has no idea how to save her marriage, rekindle the love that she and her husband Hani once had, and how to be the mother that her growing son needs. Al-Hidiq Zebib's enlightening novel sheds light on the reality of marital issues and what it takes to create a successful marriage.

Dina Al-Hidiq Zebib's debut novel is a fictional account of her "relentless search" for her role in life and the many crossroads that divert her life's direction. Al-Hidiq Zebib utilizes the limited viewpoint to zero in on Sara's thoughts as her story unfolds. While Sara's character is centered on Islamic spirituality and is greatly affected by a wealth of thought-provoking legends and myths, Al-Hidiq Zebib sends a message to women that cuts across all forms of ethnicity, race, and creed by presenting a worldwide picture of the familiar trials and tribulations frequently associated with married life and the raising of a family. Al-Hidiq Zebib includes a plethora of common themes, such as idealism, perfectionism, selfishness, ignorance, and neglect to name just a few. Yet top on her list is the importance of introspection, which Al-Hidiq Zebib carefully and deftly interweaves amid alternating backstory and therapist scenes, as well as the ebb and flow of relational tension between Sara and Hani. Crossroads closes on a positive note, reminding readers that there is hope for marriages–only if couples are willing to take on the challenges necessary to make it become a blessed reality.

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