A charming NYC romance by co-host of the Woke Desi, for fans of:
• multicultural connections
• strong friendships and families
• a "will they/won't they" story with powerful stakes
• the city that never sleeps
• bucket list adventures
• characters who fight outside expectations and pressures to build the life they want
Kiran needs to fall in line. Instead, she falls in love.
Kiran was the good daughter. When her sister disobeyed her family's plan and brought them shame, she was there to pick up the pieces. She vowed she wouldn't make the same mistakes. She'd be twice the daughter her parents needed, to make up for the one they lost.
Nash never had a family. The parents who were supposed to raise him were completely absent. Now as a psychologist, he sees the same pattern happening to the kids he works with. So he turns away from love and family. After all, abandonment is in his genes, isn't it?
If she follows the rules, Kiran will marry an Indian man. If he follows his fears, Nash will wind up alone. But what if they follow their hearts?
Praise for Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words:
"LOVE, CHAI, AND OTHER FOUR LETTER WORDS is a delight... As warm and comforting as perfect masala chai."—Farah Heron, author of Accidentally Engaged
"A sweet story of finding love where you least expected to. A romp through New York City with fresh immigrant eyes. Kiran and Nash's journey to learning to see themselves and others across boundaries and preconceived notions will warm your heart."—Sonali Dev, author of Recipe for Persuasion
Sharma's charming if formulaic debut, the first in the Chai Masala Club series, reads like a love letter to both Indian culture and the streets of New York City. Ever since 28-year-old Kiran Mathur's older sister was disowned by their parents for marrying the wrong man, Kiran has played the role of perfect Indian daughter even after moving from India to America for school and her career as a biomedical engineer. But as she approaches 30, she yearns to follow her heart and find romance for herself, rather than agree to an arranged marriage. Enter her new neighbor: handsome child psychologist Nash Hawthorne. Kiran resists their immediate chemistry, knowing her parents would never approve of an American suitor. Nevertheless, their easy friendship gradually deepens into a full-fledged relationship, though their romance is challenged by Kiran's traditional parents and Nash's own complicated history. As they navigate these obstacles, they must both figure out what they truly want. While this predictably hits all the typical romance story beats, it distinguishes itself with relatable characters, a vibrant setting, ample, well-drawn Indian representation, and a delightful voice. This will surely win Sharma some fans. Agent: Stacey Donaghy, Donaghy Literary Group.