Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ARC Review: A Bollywood Affair By Sonali Dev♥

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Bollywood Affair
  • Sonali Dev

  • Publisher: Kensington (October 28, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1617730130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617730139
  • Genre: Literary Fiction, Romance
  • Buy It Here: Amazon | B & N

  • Synopsis: "In the tradition of Shobhan Bantwal's successful Indian American novels, Sonali Dev's debut captures the colorful spirit and fascinating details of Indian and Bollywood culture - including a lavish wedding - while delivering an emotionally layered and accessible story. 

  • Mili Rathod has been bound by marriage since she was four years old. But when her husband shows no sign of claiming her after twenty years of waiting, Mili grabs the chance to leave India and come to America on a scholarship. Playboy filmmaker Samir ''Sam'' Rathod is Bollywood's favorite bad boy. He'll do anything for his big brother - even travel halfway across the globe to take care of the ''wife'' who just crawled out of his brother's past. Yet Mili isn't the simple village girl Sam expected. She's a whirlwind who sucks him into her roommate's elaborate elopement and soon has him drowning in her onyx eyes. And though Mili fancies herself in love with his big brother, the husband she has never met, Sam is hoping for a very different ending."

  • This releases today! I picked up this this basically because of my culture, and obviously seeing the beautiful cover - I couldn't wait to read this after reading the description. This is a heartfull debut with a fresh new voice - it has an interesting story about child marriage that seems to have outgrown itself in this novel. 
  • Child marriages are considered illegal in India, but in some villages they still do occur. I liked both of the characters especially Milli, she sounded quite sweet but still had some spunk. Samir comes across as a bollywood "bad guy" but he's actually smart and caring. I like that he cook's and cleans for himself. It's not that common if a South Asian man cooks, they're usually mommy's boys and rely on them. He cares deeply about his siblings, and he would do anything for him.  
  • It has a deeply emotional story, I would like to see a movie of this. Milli goes in search for her childhood husband which makes her go traveling across overseas. She does not find her husband, but she does find her husband's brother and forbidden romance starts there. I'm glad it wasn't the whole love at first sight stuff, that just makes me want to puke. This novel had me laughing at many parts, my favorite scene would have to be one of the friend's wedding scene. It was a cute novel! I could just see Samir running after Milli singing filmi bollywood songs..

  • This book is being added to my favorites! I love the concept of cross cultural books. This was a lovely book from beginning to end. It was humorous, traditional yet modern, and a beautiful read.  It has romance with comedy, a must read for sure. I actually read some parts over again after I had finished this book. It made me want to re-read it again and again. I would rate it a 5 butterflies.

Disclosure: This was an e-ARC sent free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for an review.

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