Honeysuckle and Jasmine is a story of two girls seeking a way to become independent and make a world for themselves in spite of the obstacles throw their way. They both dealt with difficulties that many people would never have to do endure and they knew they needed to tackle both their past and their present stressors in order to succeed and make a life for themselves.
Both girls left their home countries and moved to Germany to become au pairs. Through their jobs they ended up meeting and eventually, once their walls were put down, they became the best of friends.
Senia and Miina became great friends and helped each other through many things both good and bad. They overcame trials and rose above the craziness of their lives. They tackled dealing with their pasts together. When Miina lost her job and ended up having her visa expire Senia was there for her every step of the way.
One element I loved is when Senia began pursuing her love of fashion and sewing thanks to the encouragement of her host family. I love to sew as my own hobby so this element of the story was exciting for me on a personal level.
There was a patient love story in the book but it was really not the main component of the story even though the cover of the book says something about love healing wounds. I think the love author, Liz Grace Davis, is speaking about is the love between friends, people, even strangers who come into someone’s life, see a need and help each other rise above their struggles.
The ultimate take away for me was just at how strong these two women were even after having been stabbed in the back they still manage to overcome and succeed in life.
Author snippet: Liz Grace Davis is a Namibian author. She grew up in Angola, Namibia, South Africa and Germany. She now lives with her husband in Vienna, Austria.