The Bollywood Bride Sonali Dev (out Sept 29th)
A gorgeous read.
A romance that is both sweet and passionate; a relationship that smoulders with burning fire based on childhood friendship.
The contrasts in Ria and Vikram’s relationship reflects the differences between the Bollywood weddings that Ria stars in and the real deep connection that Nikhil’s wedding ceremony showcases. The welcome from his family to his bride is simply magical.
I so enjoyed seeing the variety of contrasts that Ms Dev provides, perhaps that of Ria the Bollywood star and the troubled girl returning to her family in Chicago for a wedding is the most engaging. But the most powerful differences are between Ria and her mother. Whilst Ria may believe that her mother shows her own future, its clear that Ria has a powerful control over her mind. Her ability to control her emotions and understand her mental fragility give real hope for her future. The final scenes as she talks about her parents and her future is both gut wrenching and heart warming.
As for Vikram – intense, gorgeous, tough, gentle, creative, intelligent and sexy. Who’d stand a chance? Seriously.
Ms Dev has created a wonderful cast of characters from some crazy dancing aunties to a bitchy venture capitalist they shine.
Its one of those books you don’t want to end, but equally you can’t wait for the ending. And you head relentlessly for the ending as you can’t put the book down!
I read this because of a quote from Nalini Singh – one of my fave authors (psy changeling & rock hard). So, thankyou Nalini for introducing me to another new lovely author as I await the arrival of Naasir!
Thanks to netgalley for an ARC in return for an honest review. The Bollywood Bride is out on the 29th September.