Refuge On a dusty sweltering night Noor Khan a beautiful headstrong Afghan refugee comes face to face with Charlie Matthews a brash young American aid worker To Noor s fury Charlie breaks every cultu

  • Title: Refuge
  • Author: N.G. Osborne
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  • Page: 157
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  • On a dusty, sweltering night, Noor Khan, a beautiful, headstrong Afghan refugee, comes face to face with Charlie Matthews, a brash, young American aid worker To Noor s fury, Charlie breaks every cultural norm and pursues her She wants nothing to do with him her sole aim in life is to earn an overseas scholarship so she can escape the miseries of the refugee camps.HoweveOn a dusty, sweltering night, Noor Khan, a beautiful, headstrong Afghan refugee, comes face to face with Charlie Matthews, a brash, young American aid worker To Noor s fury, Charlie breaks every cultural norm and pursues her She wants nothing to do with him her sole aim in life is to earn an overseas scholarship so she can escape the miseries of the refugee camps.However when Noor s brother threatens to marry her off, she is forced to seek refuge in Charlie s home, of all places, and suddenly everything Noor believes in is put into question.Set in the mystical and seething city of Peshawar, where no one is without an agenda and few can be trusted, Refuge is a timeless and unforgettable love story about the struggle for love and purpose in a cruel and cynical world.

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    1. **Slight Spoilers in Here**Pakistan 1991 Charlie Matthews is an American, that has done his stint in the Gulf War, now on assignment as an Aid worker in Pakistan as a deminer all he wants to do is get though it and then open a dive shop in Belize. Noor Khan is an Afghanistani refugee in Pakistan, living in a refugee camp, all she wants to be is equal and free. The thing that captivated me about this book is that it played out like a movie. So many interwoven characters and storylines that all le [...]

    2. Before reading this book, I read 'Love in the Time of Cholera', a book about a so called 'epic love story'. It was everything, but that and boring too. I was hugely disappointed, because it didn't make me feel anything and it was in my opinion not about love at all, but about a sickly obsession. I was so relieved when I started to read 'Refuge'. I was in need of a real good book that would make me fall in love with its characters that would make me feel, laugh and cry. It's one of the best and m [...]

    3. I am torn because I loved this sweet, complex love story, the setting, and the eye-opening look at the horrific conditions many women in the Middle East are subjected to (I am seriously SO glad to live in America!). BUTjust be aware ahead of time that this is the first of a probable three-part series. I was not aware of that fact as I was reading the book, and when I got to the end, I was extremely frustrated, and, yes, ANGRY!!! How could the author leave me hanging like this??? I think if I kne [...]

    4. SOME SPOILERS I'm absolutely shocked by all the good reviews here. This was a quick read, I read it in about two days. I really love stories like this, I love historical fiction, multicultural romance stories and of course I like action. Plus I'm Afghan so it made me even more excited to read it! It's horrible, do not even bother with it. I actually had to force myself to read it and almost could not finish. You shouldn't even bother finishing since it ends on a cliffhanger, which is a stupid g [...]

    5. Epic! Sweeping! Can't put down! Read in one sitting kind of book! I loved this novel and cried throughout, starting from the first chapter. If books like LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA appeal to you so will REFUGE. With its timeless love story and exotic backdrop, the parallels are obvious. Charlie & Noor are at the center but they are surrounded by a cast of characters just as interesting, funny, vile and tortured. Wali is a stand out character and offers a sense of hope and optimism in what i [...]

    6. This book was so different to what I have been reading lately it really lets you explore another culture and its people and amongst it all is forbidden romance . It was a beautiful story and I can't wait for book 2.

    7. I absolutely hated this book!(Not really.) I hated how it made me feel angry at the end of it, I hated how I couldn't get it out of my mind after I was done reading it. I hated the fact that I yearned for more after flipping through the last page of the book. I hated how much it made me laugh, smile, and most importantly cry. I hated the fact that I was so entranced by this book, that I took it personal when things didn't work out as planned for the two main characters. I hate having to think "w [...]

    8. This is one of the most beautiful and deeply moving novels that I have read in a long time. Set in 1991, in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, we are introduced to two people from two very different worlds who accidentally meet setting in motion an unforgettable love story.Charlie, a young Gulf War veteran has been employed by a demining agency whose expectations of any success or progress in the region to be unlikely and low. Whilst getting used to the pace of the city he bumps into Noor, a twenty [...]

    9. What can be more compelling than forbidden love? Refuge introduces us to two unlikely lovers, Charlie a US aid worker and Noor, a headstrong Afghani refugee now living in Peshawar.From the opening chapters, where we are introduced to Noor's family as they flee Afghanistan and Charlie, a 25 year old Gulf War veteran who wants to make a difference in the world, to the compelling final chapter, I could not put this book down.Not only are we introduced to the two main characters, but we are captivat [...]

    10. I started reading this book and straight away I felt "at home". I was very impressed with how it felt so familiar and like a pair of old slippers. It was almost like chatting to an old friend.This novel starts off during 1981 in Kabul as Noor and her family flee Afghanistan when the Russians invade. They become refugees and move to Peshawar in Pakistan. The book then moves onto 1991 and she meets Charlie Matthews, an American aid worker. From here this novel becomes very cross-genre.Refuge is a [...]

    11. I am not going to give this book a star rating due to the fact that I had to dnf it at 50%G! I cannot STAND this heroine! There is nothing I hate more than a self righteous heroine. I find her even more disgusting since compared to 98% of the other females who live in refugee camps, she has had it EASY! She has made it to adulthood retaining her virtue (as far as I know), she has a job, she has HOPE for her future. While so many other's just exist! The fact that she is aware of her "righteous in [...]

    12. Wow, what a incredible way to start my 2013 year of reading! I just happened upon this book, and the multicultural aspect sounded quite interesting to me. I'm so glad I decided to read it!N. G. Osborne offers a unique and profound insights into the challenges of living as a war refuge (especially as a woman refuge), the complexities of family relationships and human nature, the accept-no-boundaries nature of true love, and how amazing things can happen through perseverance. He excels at characte [...]

    13. I had the opportunity to read this book and provide feedback to the lovely author, N.G. Osborne. The storyline of this book flowed beautifully--it was like watching a movie unfold within the pages. By the end of the book I was incredibly attached to the characters Noor, Charlie, and Wali. Osborne's characters are very loveable, and despite being written in the third-person you don't feel cheated out of getting to know the main players of Noor or Charlie. Noor at first is very pigheaded with her [...]

    14. Book 1, in the Refuge Trilogy“Refuge” is a touching, timeless and unforgettable love story set in the mystical and seething city of Peshawar, Pakistan. This story was inspired from experiences working as a young aid worker teaching school in an Afghan refugee camp and the author’s words truly shines throughout this wonderful book. Although a fiction this novel seems quite real. This brilliantly romantic drama showcases a world where the right to love is lethal and freedom for women is non- [...]

    15. What a pity having to wait more than a year for the conclusion of this story. Another 2 books to go.Sounded SO good. Info from author's blog: ngosborne/#!about2/cj8uFUTURE BOOKSAs I have discussed elsewhere, "Refuge" was originally meant to tell the whole story of Noor and Charlie. However it soon became apparent that their story, or at least the story I intended to tell, could not fit into a single book.Their full story takes place over a decade, between 1991 and 2002, and will require two more [...]

    16. This book is so full of cliches and implausibilities that it was hard to read. I was constantly wincing. I was annoyed by the author's device of putting an inner monologue for the characters in italics. Someone compared this book to Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera. No no no not even close! I'll be more careful purchasing inexpensive Kindle books.

    17. This is by far one of the best books I've read in a long time. A very touching story of a young refugee girl whose life is suddenly changed. Faced with three possible outcomes, the story keeps the reader in suspense as the it unfolds. I could not put this book down and read it in two days!

    18. If I didn't give my own book 5 stars I'd feel as if I was Chris Klein in Election voting for Reese Witherspoon!Many thanks to all those who have read and rated the book. I am truly honored. If you want to be put on a mailing list for the sequel please go to ngosborne

    19. Good bookYou people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so. Shelley MA

    20. More reviews available at my blog, Beauty and the Bookworm.This book was a complicated one for me, because I really liked the overall story, but I still had some issues with it that definitely got in the way of the reading experience. The plot follows three main characters: Charlie, an American who has moved to Peshawar, Pakistan to work for a company called Mine Aware that hopes to demine villages and fields in Afghanistan; Noor, an Afghan refugee who teaches at a girl's school and hopes to get [...]

    21. Noor is an Afghani refugee who fled to a Peshawar refugee camp with her family in 1981. During her families escape from Afghanistan her mother is shot and killed and her death ends up being the reason why the family gets out of the country at all, though they never make their intended destination of America.Charlie is an American aid worker and war vet who went to Peshawar to lead a demining project. His reasons for being there are kind of shallow as he just wants to earn some money to open a di [...]

    22. According to the blurb on amazon "Osborne spent twelve months as a volunteer for Project Trust working in a school and the Afghan refugee camps of Peshawar, Pakistan. This experience was the inspiration for this novel." I just wanted to highlight that because it really does shine through in this book. In my sheltered little world it was a small window into another culture; a fascinating glimpse which at times was shocking and heart-breaking and others uplifting or funny. There is enough in the d [...]

    23. REFUGE is N.G. Osborne’s debut novel about an impossible love between a man and a woman from vastly different circumstances. Yet despite the odds they meet and fall in love. And, of course, obstacles abound to prevent them from the one thing they want most… each other.It’s a familiar scenario we all love. However, this is a not a novel about a vampire and a human, or a dystopian world of a distant future. This story takes place in our world… in Pakistan circa 1991 and is about the unlike [...]

    24. Where to begin?! I'm heartbroken, literally so heartbroken and angry I could cry. I genuinely feel very emotional right now. I'm devastated for Noor and I wish all kinds of sadistic cruelty on Tariq.These characters are all very real. I adore Wali, he is by far my favourite character and I sincerely hope we haven't heard the last from him!!Having seen other reviews that mentioned Tariq, I was desperately looking for redeeming qualities or reasons for what he has become - there are none. There is [...]

    25. I've always shied away reading stories that would take place in a different war era or full of violence. This book had proved me wrong since my sister had recommended me this story and I loved how this book portrayed a pure and innocent love story between two people: Charlie (An American vet soldier) and Noor (An Afghani refugee who is also a teacher) who come from different worlds during the Gulf War era and how their relationship builds up when Noor and her family take refuge in Charlie's hous [...]

    26. Oh man, this book made me EMOTIONAL. And that's something for me, usually I just sit there like a psychopath without feeling anything for the characters.This means that these characters had substance. And hell yes they did.Noor, Noor, Noor. As someone who comes from an Asian family, I kind of do understand your plight. And Noor was so relatable to me. However sometimes I wanted to reach through into the book and start beating up the chauvinist pigs in there when Noor was too well mannered to do [...]

    27. After spending six months in Afghanistan, I began to have a greater appreciation for the people of Afghanistan, and gained an interest in their history, and what they have gone through during various occupations of their country. Although I'm not typically into romance books, the romantic tale weaved into this story was compelling, and now I need to get the next book, as this one leaves the reader on a cliffhanger.From here on out, there may be spoilers. *************Much of the story focuses on [...]

    28. This story is so captivating because there is so much deceit and every character is so damn self servant except for Charlie and Bushra. Once you allow yourself to hope and dream along with Noor, the whole damn book goes to hell! The bad guys make there presence known and it just FREAKIN SUCKS!I don't think I've ever been so infuriated by charcters before. I think it is because the subject matter is so real and the consequences are so dire. Noor is everything a heroine should be: intelligent, slo [...]

    29. Absolutely refreshing! I haven't read a book quite like this one 'cause I obviously haven't read books like Love in the Time of Cholera and books by Khaled Hosseini, which is a pretty sad fact right there (But I PROMISE to start reading more mature novels from now on, I've really been missing out). I love how poetic Osbourne writes and his vivid description of Pakistan, its beauty as well as its horrors, took me across the world and showed me real life for Middle Eastern women in 1991. As someon [...]

    30. When I first started this book, I had a hard time getting into because I thought reading a story written in present tense was a little strange, and it kind of threw me off. But, I stuck with it and I'm glad I did. The story was really good! I thought the characters were realistic, and their motivations and actions were believable (which is not true of a lot of novels today). I also thought that reading about such a different culture/history was fascinating! It was also fascinating (and heartbrea [...]

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