"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
She's determined to be the perfect daughter, until she meets the perfect guy…
Kiran Mathur knows firsthand how dangerous love can be. After all, her sister's marriage in India nearly destroyed Kiran's family. So she's decided to redeem romance herself—by not falling for anyone who might disappoint her parents. That is, until she meets her new neighbor Nash Hawthorne.
Nash is a dedicated doctor and committed to being alone. His family life has taught him the inevitability of abandonment, and he isn't ready to question his beliefs. But in spending time with Kiran, he starts to experience emotion he's never felt before.
For both, love feels like a risk. But when the future only starts to make sense with each other, it might be time to 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
"Captivating."—Library Journal, STARRED Review
"Not-to-be-missed."—Booklist, STARRED Review
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Like a cup of spicy, milky chai, this charming romantic comedy is the perfect pick-me-up. Kiran, a dutiful Indian daughter now living in New York, has found success as an engineer, but she still has many firsts she wants to experience before turning 30, like falling in love. When Kiran connects with her new neighbor, a handsome psychologist named Nash, sparks fly as the two explore the city together. The five-star food tour these two take through New York—from Tompkins Square Bagels in the East Village to Di Fara Pizza in Brooklyn and every hot spot in between—makes this already-electric romance feel like a love letter to the Big Apple. Nash’s enthusiasm for Kiran’s culture is incredibly sweet (it’s fun picturing a six-foot tall blond man clumsily dancing to Bollywood hits) and embodies the kind of warmth and acceptance we all hope to experience. “Love, Chai is a tale of multiple identities coming together and how no matter where you’re from, there are still things we share like first loves, homes, and families that are all better when we redefine them together,” says the sweet novel’s debut author, Annika Sharma. This modern love story is definitely our cup of tea.
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.