The Reluctant Matchmaker

The Reluctant Matchmaker

eBook - 2012
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In her thought-provoking, uplifting new novel, Shobhan Bantwal vividly blends the nuances of contemporary Indian-American culture with an unconventional romance. . .

At thirty-one, Meena Shenoy has a fulfilling career at a New Jersey high-tech firm. Not that it impresses her mother and aunts, who make dire predictions about her ticking biological clock. Men are drawn to Meena's dainty looks and she dates regularly, but hasn't met someone who really intrigues her. Someone professional, ambitious, confident, caring. Someone like her new boss, Prajay Nayak.

Just as Meena's thoughts turn to romance, Prajay 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 striking height.

Despite her attraction to Prajay and the complications of balancing work and her "marriage consultant" role, Meena can't refuse the generous fee. And as her family is thrown into turmoil by her brother's relationship with a Muslim woman, Meena comes to surprising realizations about love, tradition, and the sacrifices she will--and won't--make for the sake of both.

"One of the best [novels] I've read this year. I couldn't put it down. . .this book is a gem!" --Mary Monroe, New York Times bestselling author on The Unexpected Son

"Compelling and memorable." --Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author on The Forbidden Daughter

"Vivid, rich. . .expertly portrays a young woman caught between love and duty, hope and despair." --Anjali Banerjee on The Dowry Bride

"Dazzles you with a taste of Desi culture in America." --Caridad Piñeiro
Publisher: New York : Kensington Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780758279804
0758279809
Characteristics: 1 online resource (310 p.)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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ramyakiran
Apr 16, 2014

Liked the book. It is fast paced and flows nicely. This is the first book of this author's that I have read and must say I enjoyed it!

crankylibrarian Feb 18, 2013

The premise is intriguing: NRI hotshot asks cute young employee to help him in his matrimonial quest, unaware that she's in love with him. Unfortunately, nothing elevates this above a Harlequin romance with Indian American characters. The heroine is a) cute and teeny, b) maddeningly indecisive, c) a career girl with a not especially intellectual job, and d) "liberated", yet with all the values desirable in a traditional wife, (great with kids, likes to cook, demure about sex). There are the requisite supportive girlfriends, intimidating rivals, and colorful family members. The hero is strong,(he's carrying her in his arms by the end of the first chapter), dynamic, brilliant, rich, has a great car and decorator...and boring as hell. I enjoyed some of the cultural details, but otherwise, nothing special. I much preferred _The Hindi-Bindi Club_, a far richer portrait of contemporary young Indian Americans.

msingh Oct 26, 2012

Interesting and captivating story, loved it

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