About the Book:
It starts with a bizarre accident. When young and petite Meena literally collides with her strikingly tall boss, Prajay, she takes a nasty fall, but doesn’t count on falling in love with him. So imagine her dismay when he makes an astonishing request. He wants her to craft a personal ad that will help him find a suitable wife, a statuesque, sophisticated Indian-American woman who will complement his remarkable height. Despite Meena’s attraction to Prajay and the complications of balancing work and her “marriage consultant” role, she can’t refuse his assignment. And yet, she comes to some surprising realizations about love, tradition, and the sacrifices she will—and won’t—make to win over her giant.
About the Author:
Shobhan Bantwal is an award-winning Indian-American author of five multicultural women’s fiction books with romantic elements, branded as “Bollywood in a Book.” Her articles and short stories have appeared in The Writer magazine, Romantic Times, India Abroad, India Currents, and New Woman. The Reluctant Matchmaker is her sixth book, scheduled for release on July 1, 2012. Visit her online at www.shobhanbantwal.com to learn about her books, trailers, contests, photos, recipes, and more. Visit her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/
This was a light and breezy read - a true delight after the heavier books I have reviewed in the last few days. Meena is an Indian American young lady working for a rich, Indian American man but at first she just wants to impress him so that she can advance in her career. She dresses carefully for her first meeting but ends up colliding with him and finds herself on the floor with a sprained ankle. Not the first impression she wanted to make. He does remember her though and calls her to his office, not for the kind of romance she was hoping for though. He wants her to write a personal ad so he can find a wife to satisfy his family - they are bugging him as he is 39 and still unmarried. His main requirement - that she be over 6 feet tall. Not promising for 5'1" Meena.
What follows is a charming story that takes the reader into the family life and culture of Indian Americans. I really enjoy stories that broaden my knowledge of different lifestyles and this one did that will a light and deft touch. I really liked these characters and was invested in their journey. Meena learns a lot from working with her boss to find "the perfect woman" and she learns a lot from her beloved Aunt. Family is everything and it is very important. But a bit of comedy is excellent too.
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Disclosure: I received an e-copy of The Reluctant Matchmaker gratis from the author. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free e-book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.