Anita S. (Santa Barbara, CA)
I loved this book. The stories of the two main women were so fascinating and interesting that I could hardly put the book down. Both women were adventurous and yet were trying to find a place for themselves in the world. As I read the book, I knew that eventually they would be connected in some way which only added to the story. This book is so well written and I felt I could relate to these women. All the characters were well defined and the incidents and descriptions of the locales were intriguing, especially in Kashgar. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a great book. I think book clubs would have a lot to discuss with this book.
Deborah D. (Old Forge, NY)
A good read
I was drawn to the book anticipating I would learn about another time and culture. Both were provided along with two good story lines. At times I irritated by the back forth between time periods. Mainly as I wanted to know what happened next. Overall it kept
me reading wanting to know what came next and how the stories would collide. A book worth reading.
Nancy L. (Denver, NC)
A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar
Can't believe this book is already recommended in the latest issue of O magazine, but it is that good. It's truly two books in one and both are so impressive, you find yourself wanting more of the one you're reading when it flips to the other. Three women on their own in the '20s in the middle east? Hard to fathom but the author makes it less farfetched than you'd think. At the end, both stories are pulled together and you're left with (as Oprah says) an AHA! moment.
Mary R. (San Jose, CA)
An Expert Weaving of Two Tales
'A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar' is a compelling novel that weaves two stories that take place in separate times and places, but come together in a surprising and expertly conceived twist. The ‘local color’ is exceptional and the character development is realistic. This will be a great book for book groups – with the issues of parenting, the work of missionaries, war-torn countries, justice, and even self-mutilation in the name of mystical awareness. This is an extremely enjoyable read.
Margaret B. (Pompano Beach, FL)
A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson
When three missionary ladies traveling saw a young girl in the middle of the road having a baby, they stopped and helped her. There were other travelers who stood and watched but did not help. The mother died and the missionary ladies were accused of killing the mother. The author describes every scene so vividly that I felt I was there. With the descriptions of the food, such as nutneg and cottage cheese sandwiches, I was glad I wasn't. The book gives wonderful description what life was like in1923 in Kashgar.
Margaret L. (Petoskey, MI)
Not a Favorite
This book is two stories in one with some chapters taking place in the early 1920s and the other chapters set in present day. The first part of the book, I'm sorry to say, bored me, but I felt obligated to read on. About half way through the book, the present day story started to show signs of becoming interesting. At that point, I continued to read only the chapters that took place in present day and that part of the book turned out to be a decent story. I have no desire to go back and read the unread chapters.
I was somewhat irritated to read the back cover of the book where it equated this book to Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, two of my favorite books; in my opinion, this book was not in the same league.
Elaine G. (West Lafayette, IN)
A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar
There are quite fine passages mixed in with others that did not measure up. She shows sensitive insights to those from vastly different cultures. With maturity there is almost a certainty she will become a fine, creative writer. The negatives will not prevent reading every page.