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…
Well, I loved Marriage Unarranged so much I read it twice. Lol. It’s quite a long book!
I read it for the first time as a beta reader with an ARC and then again for this review. Everything about this engaging romance appealed to me: the characters, the cultural aspects, the little touches of humour, the Asian family dynamics, the beautiful and informative descriptions of India, (I’ve never been, but it has always been forever on my bucket list,) This story transported me there, and I especially loved the detail in the Gurdwara scenes in which Sikh’s come together to worship and share simple community tasks. Oh, how I would love to visit!
I found it particularly relatable as my mother is from an Asian background and the first thing she says to me in the morning is ‘What are we having for dinner!’ The lovely cooking scene between two of the characters in the book, sums this up so much. Food is of prime importance in Asian culture and can be a great ice breaker.
I also loved how Aashi ‘s character changed as the story progressed, retaining all her admirable qualities (and she has these in abundance,) but becoming more confident. To begin with she is cossetted by her family and her brothers, Sunny and Bali. But, away from home, her trip to India with her brothers and her best friend Kiran does wonders for her flagging self-esteem after Ravi’s selfish treatment.
All the characters in the story are well crafted. I especially have a soft spot for: Aashi, her best friend Kiran, (who fights her corner like every best friend should,) her feisty brother Bali, and Arjun, the potential love interest otherwise known as ‘Pillow.’ Even the subsidiary characters such as the fashion designer Milan are well crafted and entertaining! And, Ravi well he’s a rat!
The fledgling romance unfolding between Aashi and her ‘Pillow’ was just so lovely, especially after all the heartbreak she experienced with a broken engagement.
The reveal towards the end of the story regarding Arjun was an interesting addition and I loved the humorous ending!
I better not say anymore for fear of spoiling the story for you.
My recommendation: Go get a copy! My rating 5 stars.
Have you read Marriage Unarranged? Please do comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Oh my goodness, Marje! That is such a beautiful review! Thank you so much! <3
I loved it Ritu. It shines like you! <3 x
You dont know how much your words mean to me <3
Aww it makes me very happy. xxx
That’s a great review and exactly how I found it too. It left me wanting more 💜
Yes, and it’s a bit different too from the usual romance with the cultural aspects. Very well done. <3
It certainly is a lovely read 💜
Good review. It sounds like a sweet story.:-)
What a great review, Marje. I haven’t read it yet but your review makes me want to pump it up the tbr pile.
I’d definitely tuck into it when you can Mary. I’m sure you’d enjoy. 🙂
What a fabulous review of Ritu’s book. This will make everyone run and buy the book!!
Ah, good to know! I must be doing something right. Thanks for your lovely comment Darlene. 🙂
This was an excellent review, Marje. I agree with everything you said. Ritu has written a fab book! <3
Yes 100%. My daughter wants to read too. I’m spreading the word!
It should appeal to a wide range of readers of all ages. <3
It definitely would Colleen for sure. 🙂
Excellent review, Marje. This sounds like a wonderful story.
Indeed it is Jacquie. 🙂
I’ve just finished it and loved it!!
Awesome, Debbie. It’s lovely, a really great read. 🙂