“The recipe for a warm and humorous story…
In a modest bowl of Nashville, gently place a girl who is Country music, Bible belt, and a Steakhouse foodie.
Then add a surprise portion of exotic and handsome Anglo Indian, who is a passionate Bollywood director, vegetarian and Hindu.
Stir vigorously on a bed of intense attraction.
At first, the ingredients will seem to clash and separate.
Include a dollop of jealous boyfriend and a meddling mother.
Splash in a serving of fun and mischievous friends. Keep stirring…
Add a dash of crazy aunt and a minister father to keep the flavors working together.
Sprinkle in even more complicated family members to taste.
Cook on high emotions.
The secret ingredient that cuts through the sweetness is a final layer of shocking revelation that adds a surprising depth of flavor.
Finish with a twist of ‘Oh My God! Is she really going to do that?’.
Serve as tasty bite-size chapters in a novel dish of mayhem and madness with a side of Country music and Bollywood dancing.”
*I received this book as an Advanced Readers Copy from Net Galley. All opinions stated are my own.*
I think that this book was a really great book to kick off the summer.
When I was approved for an early copy of this book by the author, I honestly had no idea what to expect. I’m personally not a huge contemporary fiction reader but I really enjoyed how the author wrote this particular book was very well done.
I really enjoyed all of the characters in this book. I liked Mary as a main character. She had a really great personality that I feel like I haven’t seen in contemporary fiction. I also really enjoyed her interaction with her family. All characters in this novel are really well done.
As far as the romance, I have kind of mixed feelings about it. I really enjoyed the relationship between Mary Simha overall but on occasion I did find it kind of cheesy. At the beginning of the book I felt that it seemed kind of like insta-love but I grew to really enjoy it as the book went on.
I also really enjoyed that we had quite a bit of diversity and representation we had in this book. We had the character of Simha who happened to be from India. We also had an LGBTQ+ couple in this book. I’m always look for books with representation so I’m glad that this book had that put in.
The were only a couple of things that kind of bugged me about this book. First, it kind of took me a while to really invested in the story. Also, the plot was somewhat predictable at times.
Overall this was a great book to kick off my summer contemporary reads. I think that if you guys enjoy really cute, adult contemporary books than you should definitely pick this book up when it hits selves this August!