It took me forever and a day but I finally (yes, FINALLY!) finished reading Queen Noor’s LEAP OF FAITH. It took me this long not because I didn’t like the book but because I just haven’t had the time to sit or lie down and read. Whenever I get the chance to lie down, it is usually with the lights dimmed as I try and lull Angel to sleep.
I liked this book because I believe it offered a fresh perspective on the Middle East, being that Queen Noor is American by birth. She was born and raised here but had imbibed the values and religion of her beloved husband as she embraced his faith and convictions in the many years they were together.
While you see from the very beginning that it is a noble attempt at perpetuating the memory of the deceased King Hussein, I couldn’t help but marvel at the pervading sense of immortal love between the King and Queen. You can feel it from the way the book was written, not only in Queen Noor’s words, but in the way she viewed the life she embraced when she became his better half.
This is not a book for the romance novel fans because while it has its share of romantic interludes, much of Queen Noor’s account of her life with King Hussein attempts to be a historic account of the King’s rein with her as consort. It is not a scholarly piece of work that can be quoted as a factual unbiased account, but it certainly gives us a different viewpoint in the ever dynamic socio-political landscape of Jordan and its neighbors.