Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

This was my first book by Sonali Dev, and it will probably be my last one as well. I think what it comes down to is that the author’s voice did not work for me. I didn’t love her writing, her prose or the concept of the story.

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Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors

by Sonali Dev

(The Rajes #1)

Paperback, 496 pages
Published May 7th 2019


Pride Prejudice and Other Flavors – Sonali Dev

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Pride Prejudice and Other Flavors – Sonali Dev

CORINA’S REVIEW

 

This was my first book by Sonali Dev, and it will probably be my last one as well.

I think what it comes down to is that the author’s voice did not work for me. I didn’t love her writing, her prose or the concept of the story.

First and foremost this book sounded and felt more like women’s fiction and a family saga than a romance.

Secondly Trisha’s family was aggravating and exhausting. Everyone made so many mistakes in this book. Their pride and prejudice was all over the book, and not just in a subtle way, no it was front and centre. It definitely wasn’t the light and easy story I envisioned or expected according to the cover and blurb. Instead at the end of the book I felt depressed, disappointed and at times angry with Trisha, her family and DJ.

It also was a very slow moving romance and plot. Although it was a culturally-rich story, with lots of details and history into the family and characters. The issue I had was that I just wasn’t able to connect with anyone. The romance wasn’t really a romance until very late into the book. And not one character was actually likable.

In addition the big secret that’s being hinted at during the entire novel again and again, wasn’t being explained until well into the third part of the book. That’s probably close to 400 pages of hinting, insinuating, and indicating without ever getting to the point. That’s just EXHAUSTING!!!

It didn’t help that the author included a massive amount of topics and issues. From the #metoo movement, to a medical case that took a good chunk of the novel. A secret that wasn’t being talked about until 3/4 into the novel, plus culture clashes, injustice and prejudice – two words – TOO MUCH!!! Less would have been MORE.

 

ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.


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Award-winning author Sonali Dev launches a new series about the Rajes, an immigrant Indian family descended from royalty, who have built their lives in San Francisco—a compelling, heartwarming romance between two strangers from completely different worlds, and a poignant exploration of cultural assimilation, identity, and the meaning of the word home.

Only in a family like the Rajes could San Francisco’s most acclaimed neurosurgeon be considered the black sheep. Dr. Trisha Raje has developed groundbreaking technology and won the respect of her peers and the life-long gratitude of her patients. Still, her large, close-knit family—descended from old Indian nobility—has certain rules to uphold. Trusting outsiders is frowned upon. Disloyalty of any kind is unacceptable. Trisha never intended to jeopardize her brother’s political aspirations, yet her long-ago actions inadvertently did just that. At last she has a chance to turn that around.

Up-and-coming chef DJ Caine has known people like Trisha before—people who judge his background and find it lacking, who put pedigree above character. He may need the lucrative, career-making job the Rajes offer, but he has little time for Trisha, especially when he learns that she’s the arrogant surgeon who wants to perform an untested procedure on his sister, Emma.

As the two continually clash, their assumptions shatter like spun sugar on one of DJ’s stunning desserts.  Drawn to DJ’s steadiness, humor, and passion—as well as his extraordinary food—Trisha begins to reexamine her view of the world, while challenging his beliefs about the nature of family. But there’s a past to be reckoned with before they can hope to savor a future bursting with delicious possibility.

 


MEET THE AUTHOR

Sonali Dev’s first literary work was a play about mistaken identities performed at her neighborhood Diwali extravaganza in Mumbai. She was eight years old. Despite this early success, Sonali spent the next few decades getting degrees in architecture and written communication, migrating across the globe, and starting a family while writing for magazines and websites. With the advent of her first gray hair her mad love for telling stories returned full force, and she now combines it with her insights into Indian culture to conjure up stories that make a mad tangle with her life as supermom, domestic goddess, and world traveler.

Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs with her very patient and often amused husband and two teens who demand both patience and humor, and the world’s most perfect dog.

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Pride Prejudice and Other Flavors – Sonali Dev

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