Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody

What I Thought:

What I Loved: This book is a memoir and this mother’s fierce determination in the face of completely insurmountable odds was such a force in this book. I couldn’t tear myself away from her story.


How I Felt: I was completely terrified for this Betty and her daughter. I had such an absolute enraging anger towards her husband for his deceit. Finally, I was beyond nervous about what would happen to them.


To Read Or Not To Read: This memoir is a must read! It grips you and doesn’t let go. Knowing that this story was the author’s life experiences made all the pain and fear even more real to me because she lived it.


What’s This Book About Anyway?

Betty Mahmoody, her husband, and their 4 year old daughter take a trip to Iran, to visit her husband’s family. This was planned as a 2 week trip, however once there, her husband wants to stay. Betty finds she has no rights int his country and becomes a prisoner, for lack of a better term. She starts to work with people that will help get her out, but she refuses to go without her daughter. This book is the story of her trip there and her fight for her daughter and her freedom.

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