Welcome to Friday Fiction #2
I have started a Friday Fiction series on what I’ve been reading, what has taken my fancy or what I’d like to read.
This was on my list 12 things to do before turning 60 – to write more book reviews and share them on my blog.
I’m an avid reader and have set a goal of 100 books for my 2020 Reading Challenge. You’re very welcome to follow along on my progress, just click the link.
Also feel free to tell me what you’re reading at the moment and leave any suggestions you may have for me! There’s not much I won’t read 🙂
I have been following Ritu’s blog for years, But I smile Anyway, and I met her in person in 2018 at the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards in London. She is a beautiful soul inside and out. I am so happy to read her first novel and she deserves all the success in the world. I must also point out I bought my copy of her book and have not been sponsored in way to write this review – just in case you thought I was paid!
This is the blurb from Goodreads:
Aashi’s life was all set.
Or so she thought.
Like in the Bollywood films, Ravi would woo her, charm her family and they’d get married and live happily ever after.
But then Aashi found the empty condom box…
Putting her ex-fiancé and her innocence behind her, Aashi embarks upon an enlightening journey, to another country, where vibrant memories are created, and unforgettable friendships forged.
Old images erased, new beginnings to explore.
And how can she forget the handsome stranger she meets? A stranger who’s hiding something…
This was a great read! I have known Ritu as a blogger for years and enjoyed meeting her a few years ago at the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards in London, so it was always going to be a book for me to read, if only to support a fellow blogger!
But it turned out to be far more enjoyable than I anticipated 🙂 It’s also been my first 5 star read for 2020 and I don’t give them out willy-nilly!
The story was captivating, contemporary and realistic with the characters well drawn. I wasn’t prepared for how much I would enjoy being taken into the Indian family way of life, and having travelled to India I could understand the issues and appreciate Ritu’s descriptions of the food, colour, people and situations.
The story of Aashi and her family drew me in and I found I couldn’t stop reading and wanted to find out what happened. It was a love story and a family story, and reminded me a bit of an Indian version of Crazy Rich Asians but I enjoyed this one far more.
Well done Ritu, you may have taken years to get it written but it was well worth it and I’m so glad you finished it! Now looking forward to the next books to find out what happens next.
If you enjoy chick lit, romance, cultural and family stories, then this is a must read for you Ritu describes her book as chickpea curry lit – chick lit with an Indian twist! A very apt description!
I’m still working my way through It’s OK that you’re not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand, by Megan Devine, which I mentioned in last week’s Friday Fiction post. It’s a much heavier read which may take me some time.
It’s OK That You’re Not OK is a book for grieving people, those who love them, and all those seeking to love themselves—and each other—better.
So what are you currently reading?
Leave me a quick comment with what you’re reading at the moment.
Thanks for joining me for Friday Fiction and I look forward to reading with you again soon.
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