What People Are Saying

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“This is Suzy Parrish’s debut novel and she nailed it. The opening grabbed me and propelled me into the story. Her descriptions of Afghanistan made me feel I was there, even to feeling the sand in my shoes. 🙂 Great dialogue between the characters cemented the sense of being a part of their lives.

Mac and Sophie have a lot to work through, and Parrish does a great job of getting them there without being clichéd. The relationship between the men working in Afghanistan enhanced the story and Mac’s growing love for Bashir, a young Afghan boy, touched my heart. If you enjoy a story of second chances and redemption, you’ll enjoy Flowers From Afghanistan.

Suzy’s book reminded me of the risks our soldiers and the workers who are over in the Middle East face each day.”

Patricia Bradley, prolific Romantic Suspense author and speaker.

“Suzy Parish strikes a delicate balance with the marriage at the center of the story; their every-couple struggles with tragedy, love, trust and closeness are writ large but never feel forced. Both characters are full realized when they could easily have been one-dimensional.

Flowers From Afghanistan is tailor made for the big screen, complete with combat set pieces, redemption, and a humanized marriage that loosens and tightens like laces, pulling the whole tapestry together.

One of the strengths of this story is the broad cast of supporting characters, each could be the center of their own novel and hopefully one day will be.”

Greg Rabbitt is a creative director based out of Portland, Oregon by way of Long Island and the Bay Area. He regularly posts at instagram.com/pdxtography

“Flowers From Afghanistan” is an excellent read. It underscores the magic and the tragic in today’s Afghanistan for both Afghans and foreigners alike. “Flowers” also may be the world’s first English-language novel to use Afghan proverbs the way Afghans actually use them. This adds a layer of realism at key points that makes the story personal and unique. As an Afghan might say, “Gul pusht wa rui na-daarad,” or “A flower has no front or back.” In other words, it is beautiful from all sides. To a reader, Suzy Parish’s compelling book is that flower.”

Edward Zellem

Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Award-winning author of three books of Afghan proverbs

“As I was reading Flowers from Afghanistan, I was struck with how real it all was. As a military spouse for over twenty years, I’ve ‘been there, done that’ with a lot of these same scenarios. In fact, there were times I had to choose to put the book away and step back for a little while because it was bringing up a lot of memories. All that said, this was a really good read. Solid and fast-paced, it was surprising in places, twisty in just the best sort of way and by the time you get to the end, you can close the cover with satisfaction.” Lori Twichell, Screenwriter

“It was so good, I couldn’t quit reading.”- Linda D. Linda is the administrator of National Police Wives Association (NPWA). NPWA is a 501 (c) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting law enforcement spouses and families and providing resources to those new to the law enforcement community.

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