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The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporationon September 29, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary Women, Romance
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Ria Parkar is Bollywood's favorite Ice Princess--beautiful, poised, and scandal-proof--until one impulsive act threatens to expose her destructive past. Traveling home to Chicago for her cousin's wedding offers a chance to diffuse the coming media storm and find solace in family, food, and outsized celebrations that are like one of her vibrant movies come to life. But it also means confronting Vikram Jathar. Ria and Vikram spent childhood summers together, a world away from Ria's exclusive boarding school in Mumbai. Their friendship grew seamlessly into love--until Ria made a shattering decision. As far as Vikram is concerned, Ria sold her soul for stardom and it's taken him years to rebuild his life. But beneath his pent-up anger, their bond remains unchanged. And now, among those who know her best, Ria may find the courage to face the secrets she's been guarding for everyone else's benefit--and a chance to stop acting and start living. Rich with details of modern Indian-American life, here is a warm, sexy, and witty story of love, family, and the difficult choices that arise in the name of both.
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♦ There is nothing better than picking up a book that you think will be a light chick lit read and it is so much more! The Bollywood Bride is one of those books. It was so nuanced and the characters just shone. Ria is a Bollywood actress nicknamed the Ice Princess for her ability to shut everyone and everything out. For ten years she has maintained this façade and is terrified of anyone finding out the truth of her history. The buildup between past and present was very well done and the glimpses of Ria’s past were like little treats in the story. The culture and traditions were almost a character in themselves and only added to the artful storytelling.The Bollywood Bride surprised me with it’s depth and honesty. The sub-plot touching on the stigma of mental illness was particularly well done. So please do yourself a favor and don’t bypass this one thinking it is just another chick lit read; it is so much more.
◊ Favorite lines from Chapter 30 – “The past week in Bristol had gone by like a slow, suspended dream. Ria took turns hurtling between feeling like a clean slate and a ten-ton truck loaded with baggage, both ancient and newborn, sullied and pure as freshly tilled earth. Through it all, Vikram stayed with her, inside her. She clung to him. To the warm, soothing memories of him. It was all she had, it was all she would ever need. It hurt. Sometimes the pain was slow and aching , sometimes stark and maddening. She savored every bit of it like a gift. She would not give it up for anything. He was finally safe from her. She would never see him again, but she had this.”
¤ Biggest cliché – Adults should talk to each other not just run away.
Δ What books depicting a culture other than your own have you really enjoyed lately?