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...
It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter be considered a black sheep.
Dr. Trisha Raje is San Francisco’s most acclaimed neurosurgeon. But that’s not enough for the Rajes, her influential immigrant family who’s achieved power by making its own non-negotiable rules:
· Never trust an outsider
· Never do anything to jeopardize your brother’s political aspirations
· And never, ever, defy your family
Trisha is guilty of breaking all three rules. But now she has a chance to redeem herself. So long as she doesn’t repeat old mistakes.
Up-and-coming chef DJ Caine has known people like Trisha before, people who judge him by his rough beginnings and place pedigree above character. He needs the lucrative job the Rajes offer, but he values his pride too much to indulge Trisha’s arrogance. And then he discovers that she’s the only surgeon who can save his sister’s life.
As the two clash, their assumptions crumble like the spun sugar on one of DJ’s stunning desserts. But before a future can be savored there’s a past to be reckoned with...
A family trying to build home in a new land.
A man who has never felt at home anywhere.
And a choice to be made between the two.
Dev (A Bollywood Affair) debuts a sweeping series starring the Raje family, immigrants descended from Indian royalty who are making a dazzling mark on American society, with this romance based very loosely on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Dr. Trisha Raje is a brilliant neurosurgeon with little time for love or family. Multiracial British chef DJ Caine has cared for his younger sister all their lives and has assumed the burden of her exorbitant medical bills from fighting a progressive brain tumor. When DJ is hired by Trisha's socialite mother to cater an important event, the two butt heads; DJ finds Trisha attractive but thinks she has terrible manners. Upon realizing DJ's beloved sister is also Trisha's beloved patient who's currently refusing treatment the dueling duo is forced to collude to find a life-saving solution. Over time, their antipathy gradually shifts to love, but the return of Raje family foe Julia Wickham risks disrupting their growing romance. Dev adroitly addresses matters of racism, classism, rape culture, and immigrant experiences in this entertaining contemporary story. Austen fans will find that little of the original remains; where Austen's focus was on women, Dev harps on the importance of being validated by men. Taken on its own, though, this is a complex and riveting work.
I really, really loved this book — it was amazing!
I saw that a couple of people I follow were going to read Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors, so I decided to read it too. I only briefly skimmed the synopsis, but I was so excited to get started on it when I realized that it was going to be somewhat of a reverse Pride and Prejudice with the heroine playing the part of Mr. Darcy and the hero’s role as Elizabeth. Now, don’t get upset, but I have actually never read the original. I know, I know, it’s shameful and I’m sorry, but it was just not one of the books I was ever supposed to read for a class and I’ve never been big on reading the classics unless it was required, which I should probably change, but they’re not going anywhere and they’ll be there waiting if I ever do decide to crack them open. Anyway, my point is that going into Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors, I didn’t have any high standards that I needed for it to meet before I could enjoy it or deem it a worthy re-telling. From my limited knowledge of Pride and Prejudice from the mini-series and movie, though, I do think Sonali Dev did a wonderful job with it because I really, really loved this book — it was amazing!
Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors frustrated me and made me want to shake someone sometimes, but it also completely and utterly captivated me. There were times when I absolutely could not pull myself away from the story, I just HAD to know what was going to happen next. It brought out my emotions from early on and all throughout the book. I was wholly invested in Trisha and seeing her grow and getting her happy ending — I just adored her and she was definitely the star for me in this book. Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors was fascinating, a little heartbreaking, extremely entertaining, and so heartwarming — I couldn’t be more glad that though I really only decided to read it on whim, it was one hundred percent worth it and I will always look back on it fondly — plus I’m excited to check out more from Sonali Dev!
~ A Hopeless Romantic's Booklandia, 5 Stars