Readers Guide for The Sheikh’s Wife

A book extra for The Sheikh’s Wife

  1. Bryn is afraid that Kahlil will take Ben, their son, away from her if he finds out about the child. Does their cultural difference lend credence to Bryn’s fear or is she unjustified in fearing for her son.
  2. At the start of the book Bryn is marrying Stanley within the week, then all thoughts of Stanley flee for the rest of the book. Should Bryn have been more concerned with Stanley’s feelings?
  3. Did you like Kahlil’s powerful position as the hero? What made him intimidating? What made him appealing? What makes him or keeps him from being a hero in your eyes?
  4. Have you ever wanted to be a desert Princess surrounded by a palace? Is this your idea of “happily ever after” or is yours something different?
  5. Before you read this book did you give any thought to the current world situation? If so, did that impact your ideas about what this story would be like? If not, are you more interested in reading stories with characters who are tied to the Middle East?
  6. Bryn is determined to resist Kahlil in her heart but is routinely betrayed by her physical responses to Kahlil’s love making. Is this continual tug of war satisfying? Why or why not?
  7. The conflict with Amin goes unresolved at the end of the story. Do you wish that Kahlil and Bryn had truly cleared the air? Or was it enough that they found each other in spite of the past?
  8. Were you frustrated by Bryn’s position as a woman in the Zwar culture? Did this echo your own reality or was this more restrictive?
  9. Were you bothered that Rifaat could not or would not exonerate Bryn about the attack? Did his action fit with the story? Were they justified?
  10. Ms. Porter’s work is pure fantasy. How does her Middle Eastern Royalty differ from what you know about present day Sheikhs?
  11. If you could spend the day with one character from this book, who would it be and why?
  12. Skip 18 years in the future, Ben is now an adult. How is his world different with his parents united in Zwar than it would have been if Bryn had stayed in the United States?
  13. How does this story compare with Ms. Porter’s other works? What makes you want to read more of her writing.