Saturday, October 22, 2016

Review: Wrinkles: A True Love Story by Mian Moshin Zia

Hello dear readers!

It's been awhile since I have written a review, but this book simply demands one. I received the book from the author already in July, and I promised to read through the book and post the review already in August. Today, it's October.

There are reasons why this review wasn't published in August and it's definitely not the fact that I didn't have time. It's because of I had to put it aside, let it settle, read it again and let it settle. This book is different.


Author: Mian Moshin Zia
Title: Wrinkles: A True Love Story
Release date: 22nd of April 2016
Reading level: Adult
Genre: Literary Fiction, Romance, Religious, Inspirational
Publisher: CreateSpace, Self-Published
Homepage: HERE
Pages: 217 in PDF
Source: Received from author in exchange of an honest review



Summary:

Xavier Frances has it all: Faith Frances; the most loving mother in the world whom he calls his Lifeline, Faisal; a brother-like friend, a dream job and a prospering career. The only thing he doesn’t have is true love and that’s what his Lifeline questions him about.

But when he finally meets Anna Collins; his true love, his life changes forever teaching him a lesson of a lifetime.

We’ve all heard the biblical quote, ‘ask and ye shall receive.’ The key is to ask. That’s what Lifeline tells Xavier and he’ll have to ask for friendship, ask for love, and ask for everything. As he asks, it will unveil the wrinkles of this true love story.

Wrinkles; a slice of life true love story has everything: a heartfelt mother-son relationship, a one-of-a-kind friendship and a tried-and-true love which will make you believe that a true love story never ends.



My review:


Love comes in different forms. It's not necessarily between a man and a woman. It can be love for life, love for family, love for beliefs, love for children. And this is what "Wrinkles" is about. Love. In all its forms.

First, after I finished this book the first time, I wasn't entirely sure if I liked it. It disturbed me. It made me think about topics, which are often avoided in everyday life's conversations. You know how people say, that there are two things in life what always create way too emotional discussions: one is religion and the other is politics. Even though this book doesn't deal with politics, it touches religion and beliefs on a level that it hits you in your gut first and then hits your brain. It does it through love. And then the book leaves you wondering - what is unconditional love?

So, disturbed, I decided that this is one of those books that needs to settle a bit. Maybe the time and the mood for reading it wasn't right. Maybe I had to go through my internal thoughts and arguments first and finalize why did I react to this book the way I did. Why was I disturbed? Why did it annoy me? Why do I not believe in unconditional love? Because I used to.

The answer or I should probably say the answers came to me after I the book aside for a period and read it second time. Then it hit me. It was brilliant! "Wrinkles" is a journey. Even though it's easy to read and it is well written, it takes you to a journey of a lifetime and forces you to reflect on things what matter in life. That's also the reason why I was resilient to it - I simply did not want to go there,into my own thoughts and doubts. Until I did.

"Wrinkles" is a story about a man called Xavier. Xavier lives with his mother whom he calls sweetly a Lifeline. Lifeline encourages Xavier to look for love and that is exactly what Xavier does. He meets with Anna who is not easy to understand in the beginning of their relationship and who is right out obnoxious towards Xavier. Luckily Xavier is persistent and with little help from his family and friends he wins Anna's heart. The reader also finds out Anna's story and secrets from past which I am not going to spoil for you,you simply need to read this book!

Mian does a wonderful job with his book. The characters are well-developed and multi-layered, the dialogues are believable and engaging and the descriptions are vivid and colorful. "Wrinkles" might seem slow in pace in the beginning, but it keeps you captivated, because it is heartwarming and because you come to care for the characters and you wish that the book would have a happy ending.

I loved that it wasn't a typical love story, I thoroughly enjoyed that it was entertaining, yet also gave a tons of food for thought which makes the book brilliant. It engages you and raises questions.

I would also like to say,that the title of the book is extremely suitable for the story. Love, like life itself is filled with wrinkles, but the good thing about wrinkles is, that you can smooth them. Besides that, since the book deals with different types of love, it really is A True Love Story.

To wrap it up, I'd use a quote in Latin. Dum spiro spero. Dum spero amo. Dum amo vivo. And this is what the book is about.

Read it!

5 stars.





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About the author:

Mian Mohsin Zia, aka "M I A N-----No Time for Love", was born October 22nd in Lahore, Pakistan. He matriculated in 2001 from Beacon House School, completed his intermediate schooling in 2003 from FC College (Forman Christian College) and graduated in 2005, from the same institute under the Punjab University.

After that he moved on to Punjab University, the most prestigious educational institute in Pakistan, for his post graduation. He was admitted to the Institute of Administrative Sciences, Punjab University, for his master’s in marketing. He was the Scholarship holder of Punjab University.

After successfully completing his master’s, he trained and worked as an Online English Language Teacher. He trained many students from different parts of the world; Russia, Germany, South America, Ukraine and Japan etc, to speak English fluently. Meanwhile, he worked on writing his first novel: "The Strange Loyalist-----Inspired by True Events."

He was determined to get his first novel, "The Strange Loyalist-----Inspired by True Events", published. It has been read by people from different parts of the world, such as Germany, South Africa, Oman, Russia and Ukraine. He received a monumental response internationally for his novel. He loves writing and that is his passion.

He is also a heavy weight trainer and has mentored many people. Exercising at the gym is one of his favorite hobbies.

He believes in peace, love, humanity, and humbleness. He has many Christian students and friends from all over the world for which he has lot of regard and love.

He pursues a career as an English Author and continues to write more books. “Wrinkles: A True Love Story" is his fourth book.

Adding to his list of achievements he has been published worldwide in two languages. His book "ONCE: Ask Me Anything, Not Love" has also been published in Russian. Its Russian title is: "Однажды".

His books have been read and reviewed by Hollywood actors and actors from British film industry. Moreover, his books have been read and reviewed by Edgar Award winner, and New York Times best-selling author; Burl Barer, as well as many other US authors, professional book-reviewers, and professionals from other fields of life from the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

His book “ONCE: Ask Me Anything, Not Love”, already recommended to be a movie, is the finalist in the “Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest 2013” held in the USA. According to Readers Favorite; MIAN is one of the first Pakistani authors to be recognized in the contest. Most categories in the contest received over 100 entrants and the contest featured thousands of authors from nearly a dozen countries.

His third book, “Victim of Shame: Why me, God?”, also received a positive response from authors, professional reviewers, and readers world-wide.

His fourth book "Wrinkles: A True Love Story" won bronze medal in the "Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest 2016" held in the USA. This is the same award contest that Hollywood actor, Jim Carey won for his book in 2014. This makes MIAN an international award winning author.

His books have been rated 4 and 5 stars on Amazon and other sales channels. He has set new trends worldwide in novel writing with his books.

One of the trademarks of his books is that he always tries to illustrate the protagonist on the cover page instead of just coming up with a random picture. His books always focus on entertainment, but, at the same time, they have a deep lesson to teach the readers. He writes meaningful fiction, books that enlighten. He always tries to unmask and unveil the frailties hidden in society, and in a very gentle way, he conveys a very deep message to the readers. 

Farah Hussain, leading television anchor, interviewed him live on her morning show: "A Morning with Farah - ATV". 

Being an international award winning author, Mian is also a marketing and self-publishing specialist. Therefore, he looks forward to helping other writers and encouraging them in their self-publication efforts.

He also represented Pakistan Online in a "German University".

Mian bags another milestone under his belt. He was invited by the University of Central Punjab (UCP) to be the "Guest of Honour" and "Jury Member" and lecture the university students on marketing, as well as judging their business models. Mian delivered a successful and inspirational lecture and graced the occasion with his charismatic personality. At such a young age, when people are studying at University, Mian achieved another milestone as he lectured students of his age group and shared his wisdom with them.

He believes in one thing: "I am nothing. All praises go to Almighty Allah, along with my eternal inspiration the Prophet Mohammad (Peace be Upon Him) as always."





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