Three Daughters is a book I picked up entirely on a whim. It was available to borrow through Kindle Unlimited on Amazon, and as I have a trial period on it I felt that I had nothing to lose. If I didn’t like it, I didn’t pay for it, so all was good. I was a bit hesitant, as it has very mixed reviews – but the historical aspect of it, that and it was very female-focused, really appealed to me.
This book follows 3 women – Miriam, her daughter Nadia, and her daughter Nijmeh – over the course of a century. Each woman has a third of the book, or thereabouts, as the main focus. I will say that I really enjoyed the first part of the book about Miriam and her life. I loved reading about Palestine, and how it was impacted by the Ottoman Empire and WWI. I found the first third very engaging, it just went a bit downhill from there. While I found Nadia a really interesting character, I felt that once she became the focus the book lost momentum – we didn’t get to see how WWII affected the lives of anyone, and the characters from the first part of the book just seemed to disappear. The last third of the book takes the story to America, and if there were any momentum left it fizzled out by this point, to the point where I just struggled through the remainder of the book to say I finished it.
I found the end of the book disappointing, and frustrating. There were a lot of errors which I chose to overlook as individual things, but when you put them all together it’s a bit daft and you’d have thought an editor would have picked points up – such as a Frenchman trading in USD in the early 20th century and UK universities not having “sophomore” years. Minor things, but they built up to irritate as a whole leaving me quite frustrated as a reader at the poor quality of the editing/fact checking.
Overall I had to give this 2* – it was really a 2.5* but I’m not feeling particularly generous to it right now if I’m entirely honest. It was okay, it was quite an easy, fast paced read for a 720 page book, it just wasn’t really my sort of read unfortunately.