Leap of Faith by Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan
Memories of an Unexpected Life.
When in 1976 the young Lisa Halaby was introduced to King Hussein of Jordan, it was unlikely she thought he would become her beloved husband, and she the stepmother to his many children. But fairytales do sometimes come true and Lisa did become a Queen, but was it really a fairytale.
This book is an interesting look into the life of a royal family and the Queen is very open about the challenges she faced not only by becoming a member of a royal family, but as the wife of a famous and influential man and stepmother to his children, some little more than babies at the time of her marriage.
There are some very personal glimpses into other royal families as the young Queen goes about her royal duties meeting some very famous people, one family being the British royals. She particulary mentions the kindness of Prince Charles during a difficult time in her life. This I feel this book is an honest look at what it is like to take on a new life, country, family and religion, far from home and all that is familiar.The Queen appears to do this with grace and enthusiasm, right up till the dreadful death of her husband some twenty years later from cancer.
The book is not a gossip magazine so if you are expecting some juicy revelations you will be dissapointed. Rather it is an account of the role played by the wife of one of the most famous men in recent history. That I think is the value of this book. An easy read and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the recent history of Jordan. Or just if you would like to have a glimpse into the life of a very likable woman who became a Queen.