Alma’s Loyalty is the second in the Sassy Saints Series for fans of fake friendships, secret boyfriends, long-lost relatives, and fierce and funny girls.
I was in my room completing my homework when my mother called me. I bookmarked my Maths textbook and walked down the hallway, hearing a conversation in progress. We had visitors, a regular event in our household.
I entered the living room and saw my parents on the couch, with a trio I’d never seen before.
‘This is my daughter Alma.’ Mum made the introductions in Bosnian. ‘This is Arnesa and her husband Nermin, and Arnesa’s mother Enisa.’
‘Bože sačuvaj,’ Arnesa said, which meant God Forbid, her mouth formed an O in surprise as she scrutinised my face. ‘She looks exactly like Sabiha.’
‘Who is Sabiha?’ Mum asked.
‘Esad’s other daughter,’ Arnesa said. ‘We saw Bahra a month ago in Melbourne.’
Amra Pajalić is an award-winning author, an editor and teacher who draws on her Bosnian cultural heritage to write own voices stories for young people, who like her, are searching to mediate their identity and take pride in their diverse culture. She writes memoir, young adult and romance under the pen name Mae Archer.
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