14 September 2016

The Yard by Aliyyah Eniath

About the Book
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A story of love and redemption, set in Trinidad, that exposes the fault lines in Indo-Muslim culture. Behrooz is brought to a familial complex, The Yard, to live with a devout and extended family, where he struggles to belong. He forms a childish alliance with Maya, a wilful and rebellious girl, and his guardian’s daughter. After they share a night of adolescent tenderness, Maya, fearing retribution, flees to London. Behrooz painstakingly rebuilds his life and marries another. When tragedy strikes, Maya returns to her childhood home. There, she and Behrooz must face up to old demons. Can their love endure? Even after Maya is dealt the most righteous” blow of all?

Aliyyah Eniath’s The Yard is a transporting novel, set in a location and culture I don’t often experience via the books I read. It captured my imagination and emotions, as Eniath describes an exquisite scene for her equally heartbreaking and heartwarming story. With a cast of well-developed, flawed characters and a few twists and turns, Eniath addresses topics of family and love, regret and forgiveness, and it’s a truly moving read. I didn’t necessarily agree with all the sentiments expressed by characters, but I still really enjoyed The Yard. I would certainly recommend interested readers take the chance to read it.

Thanks to TLC Book Tours, I received a copy of The Yard and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own. To read other opinions of the novel, click here.

About the Author
Aliyyah Eniath was born in Trinidad and Tobago; her ancestors hailed from Uttar Pradesh, India. She's a director at Safari Publications, a magazine publishing house, and founder/editor-in- chief of Belle Weddings (Caribbean) magazine.

Her debut novel The Yard (literary, romance) is published by Speaking Tiger Books in both paperback and ebook formats.

She explores the ideas of breaking free from imposed boundaries (familial or otherwise), understanding and feeling supported in who you are, overcoming self-doubt, and finally being true to yourself. Her writing looks at strict religious ideologies and their potential consequences and begs for a softer approach and innate understanding and compassion towards every human being.

She writes from the perspective of East Indians whose forefathers were brought to Trinidad from India through the British colonial indentureship scheme in 1845.

Find out more about Aliyyah at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. I love the cover of this book - it really caught my eye and makes me want to pick it up.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

    1. You really should!
      Thanks for stopping by, Heather!

  2. Thanks for your review of The Yard :)

    1. Happy to!
      Thanks for stopping by, Aliyyah!