My Review of Ameerah by Rebekkah Ford
I came across this book via a blog tour interest post on one of the Facebook groups I’m in. It seemed extremely interesting, so I took the plunge and decided to participate. Ameerah was beautifully written, with the author perfectly capturing the language and cadence of a female from the 1920s. Some of the slang had me laughing.
I immediately connected to Ameerah, and felt sympathy for her. Even at the almost too quick pace the author moved things along, that connection to Ameerah, and the feeling of her basic ‘realness’ remained. Even the scene where she experiences a very intimate experience from the other side of the fence was this fun mix of kind of hot, entertaining, and awkward all at once. The other main players in the book are interesting, too.
Now, this book a fun read, but it wasn’t a perfect one. Things do move almost too quick, resulting in Ameerah having the dreaded ‘Mary Sue’ problem of doing everything (almost) perfectly with no training. It’s a lack of development that does hurt the story a little bit. However, in terms of the problems Ameerah gets into with rushing into things, it does tend to balance out a bit.
The story is told from Ameerah’s point of view, and for the most part that works well. It’s easy to sink right into the story and let the author re-create the world at that time for you. However, occasionally the descriptive language does tend to jerk you out of the story on occasion because you can’t help but think “no one telling a story goes into that level of detail”.
Overall, though, the problems are relatively minor, and I really did enjoy reading this book. The author did a great job in showing both the highs and the lows of Ameerah’s experiences in (and after) life, and she really did become a defined, unique figure in my mind. Good work by Rebekkah Ford, and I think lots of people will really enjoy reading Ameerah, especially if they’re fascinated by the 1920s.