When a man loves a woman
Recovering addict Nick Dorsey finds solace in his regimented life. That is until he meets Shyla Metha. Something about the shy Indian beauty who delivers take-out to his Greenwich Village loft inspires the reclusive writer. And when Shyla reveals her desire to write a book of her own, he agrees to help her. The tale of a young Indian girl growing up against a landscape of brutal choices isn’t Nick’s usual territory, but something about the story, and the beautiful storyteller, draws him in deep.
Shyla is drawn to Nick, but she never imagines falling for him. Like Nick, Shyla hails from a village, too…a rural village in India. They have nothing in common, yet he makes her feel alive for the first time in her life. She is not ready for their journey to end, but the plans she’s made cannot be broken…not even by him. Can they find a way to rewrite the next chapter?
This smoothly written cross-cultural romance, which initially appears uncomplicated, evolves into an in-depth study of strong emotions and underlying motivations. Recovering addict Nick Dorsey is confused by his attraction to Shyla Metha, the reserved young woman who delivers his sandwiches from the local deli; she is not at all his usual type. As Nick and Shyla get to know each other, he reveals that he is an author with writer's block, and she tells him that she is an NYU student from India. When Nick agrees to help Shyla write her story, he begins to sense more of a purpose in his life; Shyla's friendship and presence in his apartment take away his loneliness. After they start dating, romantic tension increases as Nick is forced to deal with the demons of his past, and Shyla must come to terms with the fact that she is leaving soon to return to India. Schiller has a fine talent for describing cultural conflicts, and the characters are multifaceted and endearing. A truly unanticipated turn of events sends the riveting conclusion into overdrive, leaving readers breathless.