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Unrest by Sandra Ann Heath – A Coming-of-Age Historical Romance Novel


Seventeen-year-old Annie Patterson is forced to leave the American Midwest. Traveling to Tehran, Iran with her mother and siblings to join her Lt. Colonel father, their entire family, the Patterson family, does not know that Iran is on the verge of change. Culture shock envelops Annie as she enters a world of black robes and pollution below the Alborz Mountains. When she and her sister meet two teenage Iranian boys at the side of a dusty soccer field, their experiences begin to deepen, and Annie experiences unrequited love. But the bombs are loud and martial law is imposed, and uncertainty takes over their daily life. Annie spends her nights with her Persian protector as much as she can, but the country is unraveling and the Shah’s regime is ending, and the Patterson family and their Iranian friends have to figure out what to do in a world that’s crumbling down around them.

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Our Summary

Unrest is a contemporary coming-of-age novel set in Tehran, Iran. The story follows Annie as she moves from the United States to Iran, and finds new experiences, an entirely new culture, and love, while Iran is on the verge of a powerful change.  Fans of The Book Thief and The Kite Runner will love this wonderful historical romance novel that will keep your heart hooked until the last page.

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What Readers Are Saying

Anyone of the many threads in this novel would hold my attention on its own. Together they weave an unforgettable tapestry that has the added quality of being, sentence by sentence, crafted with attention and care. At a time when many in the West are vilifying Islam, “Unrest” also serves to remind us that all people, whatever their faith or culture, share the same needs for love, safety, independence, and respect. A truly beautiful book.” – Jessica Levine, Amazon reviewer ★★★★★
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 Sandra has a wonderful writing style where the characters come to life, very vivid. It is set in a time where I was very young during the Iranian Revolution, but it keeps me interested to the very end. Lots of action and suspense throughout in addition love story added as well. I strongly recommend buying this book. It will grab your attention and you will be glad that you did!” – John G. Rego, Amazon reviewer ★★★★★
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Having lived through those times as an American teenager in Tehran, the book brought back so many wonderful memories. Sandra has captured the richness of the culture, the inquisitiveness of the Iranian people about Americans, and the pride they have in their country. A well-written fictional account based on real-life experiences. I highly recommend this book.” – TribalCat, Amazon reviewer ★★★★★
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About the Author

Sandra Heath holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a concentration in writing from SUNY. Her day job is in banking. You can visit her online at You can also follow her on Twitter @sandraannheath.
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Preview the Book

Unrest is a coming-of-age historical novel that will appeal to fans of romance, action, adventure, family stories, Iranian stories, drama, and strong heroines.

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