A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson 374 pgs.
This book is set in two time periods, a historical novel following a group of missionaries in the 1920's and a present day woman in London who befriends a homeless Arab who ends up on her porch one night. At first the connection is not obvious but you know it is coming and it isn't overly difficult to figure out. But figuring out the connection is not a large part of what makes this an interesting book. The main characters Eva in the historical portion and Frieda in present day are fully formed and interesting women who you can easily care about. The historical portion is an adventure and the present day story is more cerebral. Both are satisfying and together make this a great story.
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