About the book:
Title: Mary Poser
Author: Angel A.
Published: August 21st 2017 by Angel’s Leap
Source: ARC received from the author, in exchange for a review
The recipe for a warm and humorous story…
In a modest bowl of Nashville, gently place a girl who is Country music, Bible belt, and a Steakhouse foodie.Then add a surprise portion of exotic and handsome Anglo Indian, who is a passionate Bollywood director, vegetarian and Hindu.
Stir vigorously on a bed of intense attraction.
At first, the ingredients will seem to clash and separate.
Include a dollop of jealous boyfriend and a meddling mother.
Splash in a serving of fun and mischievous friends. Keep stirring…
Add a dash of crazy aunt and a minister father to keep the flavors working together.
Sprinkle in even more complicated family members to taste.
Cook on high emotions.
The secret ingredient that cuts through the sweetness is a final layer of shocking revelation that adds a surprising depth of flavor.
Finish with a twist of ‘Oh My God! Is she really going to do that?’.
Serve as tasty bite-size chapters in a novel dish of mayhem and madness with a side of Country music and Bollywood dancing.
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This story was a very interesting read for me as it opens up a world where religion or difference of faith matter more than having a complete happiness. I don’t want to upset anyone by saying this, but the Divine, however we like to call it, has as purpose our happiness and will lead us to it at some point. With this, let’s get into my review.
Mary has always lived according her family’s expectations, doing her best to maintain their confidence in her. Still, her heart has other plans. Meeting Simha Das had been a key moment for her, the moment she understood what it actually felt like to connect with someone. Simha’s Hindu religion is definitely a disadvantage, where Mary’s Christian upbringing represents the same for him. Except that, they both have to face distance and gossip.
I must admit, this book was a little out of my comfort zone and I was afraid to start it, thinking I may not enjoy it as much. However, I was quickly captured by the characters and the great writing, that I could not put it down. It touches several strong themes, like family, religion, love that can withstand miles and for that I believe it can be considered quite complex. From writing perspective, the way these themes blend into Mary and Simha’s story is amazing. The southern hospitality is very vivid and even the accent can be somehow felt through the pages. I could hear the characters talking while reading and for the that I can only appreciate it more. Also the funny lines made me smile more than once.
Mary and Simha are very well built, each showing respect for the others religion or customs. Simha shows some of the beautiful aspects of his religion, while Mary tries to show him her culture as well. They discover one another step by step and try to overcome two of the biggest obstacles in a relationship: distance and culture.
To summarize, I loved this book very much. I loved how the author combined all these sensitive themes and I definitely loved Mary. We get to experience her development as an individual and as a woman. Personally, this book gave me some courage to expand my horizon on another type of relationships and for that I am more than grateful.
I hope you enjoy it as well, remember, release date is for he end of August J
About the Author
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