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Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors
Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors: A Novel | Sonali Dev
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 Franciscoa compelling, heartwarming romance between two strangers from completely different worlds, and a poignant exploration of cultural assimilation, identity, and the meaning of the word home. Only in a family like the Rajes could San Franciscos most acclaimed neurosurgeon be considered the black sheep. Dr. Trisha Raje has developed groundbreaking technology and won the respect of her peers and the life-long gratitude of her patients. Still, her large, close-knit familydescended from old Indian nobilityhas certain rules to uphold. Trusting outsiders is frowned upon. Disloyalty of any kind is unacceptable. Trisha never intended to jeopardize her brothers political aspirations, yet her long-ago actions inadvertently did just that. At last she has a chance to turn that around. Up-and-coming chef DJ Caine has known people like Trisha beforepeople who judge his background and find it lacking, who put pedigree above character. He may need the lucrative, career-making job the Rajes offer, but he has little time for Trisha, especially when he learns that shes the arrogant surgeon who wants to perform an untested procedure on his sister, Emma. As the two continually clash, their assumptions shatter like spun sugar on one of DJs stunning desserts. Drawn to DJs steadiness, humor, and passionas well as his extraordinary foodTrisha begins to reexamine her view of the world, while challenging his beliefs about the nature of family. But theres a past to be reckoned with before they can hope to savor a future bursting with delicious possibility.
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AshleyC816
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Pickpick

By chance, this was the second P&P retelling I‘ve read this month and I by far preferred this one. It was creative and fun. I felt drawn in by both of the leads and liked the way she played with changing it up a bit.

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xicanti
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August stats! I finished my massive SKIP BEAT! reread at long last and caught up on all the LEGEND OF KORRA comics my library has, which gave me a bump.

No new-to-me 5-star reads last month, but I did find three 4.5ers: the tagged book, GENDER QUEER by Maia Kobabe, and SKIP BEAT! VOL 42 by Yoshiki Nakamura.

I‘m disappointed with my TBR reduction. Gotta focus in September so I can hit my goal of 250 unread books or less by 2020.

Eggbeater Nice job! 👏🙌🎉 2mo
marleed Wowza! 2mo
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Christinak
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xicanti
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Pickpick

I‘m a Sonali Dev fan rather than a P&P addict, so I approached this loose, gender swapped retelling a little differently than many of y‘all—and oooh boy, did Dev ever deliver for me!

PP&OF reads more like a family drama with romantic components than a full-on romance. Dev‘s characters deal with complicated sibling relationships and familial strife in ways reminiscent of their Austenian forebears but still firmly rooted in their own emotional ⬇️

xicanti truths. They‘re far from perfect, and the plot gives them plenty of opportunity to recognize areas where they need to grow and bend to become who they truly want to be. The tears I shed over them, y‘all!

I‘m leery of how Dev handles sexual violence and there are a few consistency errors, but on the whole, I got so caught up with the Rajes and the Caines that I couldn‘t tear myself away until I saw how they worked it all out. 4.5 stars.
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xicanti
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Same old breakfast, plus a bit of leftover bacon and some tomatoes from my neighbour‘s garden.

I still feel crappy, but this great book‘s helping. I want to hunker down and finish it today, starting with a looooooong reading session on my bike. Gotta get some endorphins.

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xicanti
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My reading buddy has made me feel better about the whole world. This guy is a seriously good snuggler.

It looks like PRIDE, PREJUDICE, AND OTHER FLAVOURS is destined for the Loved It column on my Sonali Dev checklist, too. I‘m a little less than halfway through and I‘m totally into it.

hermyknee What a gorgeous photo ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
xicanti @hermyknee it‘s my new favourite shot of him. 2mo
Avidreader25 He‘s so adorable! 💙 2mo
Catsandbooks Beautiful pup! 💕 2mo
Erofan 🐶♥️ 2mo
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xicanti
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I‘m having a sad night. My cousin‘s son got married this evening and I‘m the only local on my side of the family who wasn‘t invited. The decision made sense, but it‘s shaken loose a bunch of longstanding family-related woes. Especially since the protagonists of Sonali Dev‘s latest also stand outside their families‘ inner circles.

So I had sorta-poutine for supper, and I drank a nice little Red Roof Lager, and I‘m gonna read all night.

DGRachel 😔 {{hugs}} 2mo
xicanti NB: I‘m not even a wedding person and I was fine with not going until like three hours ago. I hate my brain. 2mo
cobwebmoth *hugs* 2mo
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marleed Ohh, family dynamics - I‘m sorry. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m glad you have a solid plan to heal the hurt. Hugs. ♥️ 2mo
Megabooks I‘m so sorry! Big hug! 💕 2mo
xicanti @DGRachel @cobwebmoth @marleed @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Megabooks thanks, everyone. It does make sense, since they‘re young, they don‘t have a ton of money, and we don‘t see each other very often, but this afternoon it really sunk in that everyone else was going, and... yeah. 2mo
Amiable Ugh. I understand —there is so much unnecessary drama in my family, especially around major events like weddings. To paraphrase Dickens, families can bring you the best of times, and they also can bring you the worst of times. Sending empathetic hugs. 2mo
Crazeedi It hurts to be excluded, been there, you can't pick family, sending a big hug. One of the four agreements is *don't take anything personally* 2mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai Sucks. 👎. But on the plus side...poutine! 👍 2mo
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xicanti
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New book over breakfast. Traditionally, I either love the hell out of Sonali Dev‘s books or find them disappointing. No in-between. It‘s too early to see which side this one‘ll fall on.

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Pickpick

This made me hungry. So very hungry. You could almost smell the food coming through the pages. I always complain about the lack of dessert options at Indian restaurants. Here we have a chef making glorious Indian feasts that end with things like Saffron Creme Brulee. Yes there are some problematic moments, but then DJ would cook and I was in love. It's inspired me to cook. Appropriate on Julia Childs Birthday. 👨‍🍳🎂👩‍🍳
#austeninaugust2019

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farre
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Pickpick

This was my favorite retelling of Pride and Prejudice to date. Super fun. Definitely recommend.

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Happy #austeninaugust2019!
I've been saving these Modern Day Retellings of Pride and Prejudice for this month. Looking forward to seeing how the story works in different cultures. I've got Gin Austen for Cocktails and Be More Jane for Inspiration. (I'll tag them in the comments.) This month's Classic will Sense and Sensibility. I'm will be listening to it on Audible. Rosemund Pike has such a lovely voice. I'm sure it will be delightful.
#tbr

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sprainedbrain I really enjoyed Pride! 3mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @sprainedbrain I've had it for a couple of months; saving it for August. I'm really looking forward to reading. 3mo
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essayareayaitch
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Pickpick

This book made me hungry. Craved Indian food for days. Cute take on P&P. First time I read Sonali Dev, will not be the last time. Especially if she writes more about this family.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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I feel like p&p retellings are big right now. This one had an twist of people whose family come from India, but are American and dealing with that cultural difference.

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Book five done for the #24in48 readathon. Thank you @DGRachel for sending me this book!

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DebinHawaii
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Pickpick

#24in48 #readathon
Book # 4 complete & closing in on 13 hours. I got waylaid a bit on the phone tonight but I'm going to move to an e-book & try to crank another few hours out before crashing.

I really enjoyed this one. It definitely has the P&P spirit & some originality too. I'm excited for the upcoming books in the series that will be based on other Austen works to come out. I especially liked the characters, SF setting & of course the food.😋

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DebinHawaii
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#24in48 #readathon
Hour 18: Romance Challenge
I grew up on my aunt's 70s-80s Harlequins. In junior high I took home bags of them with a few eyebrow-raising bodice rippers hidden at the bottom when we went to her house for dinner. Nowadays I still like romance as a pallet cleanser especially if it is humorous (Molly Harper's series) or is a Pride and Prejudice modernization or retelling. 😍I've read the bottom 3 & the top 2 are current #TBR picks

mcctrish I just got Ayesha at Last for my birthday 3mo
DebinHawaii @mcctrish I just picked up my hold from the library today! 🤗 3mo
CarolynM Have you seen the Bollywood P&P movie Bride and Prejudice? It's fun! 3mo
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suvata Ayesha was great and I‘m just now starting Unmarriageable — so fun 3mo
DebinHawaii @CarolynM Yes! I own the DVD & just watched it a couple weeks ago. So fun! 😍 3mo
DebinHawaii @suvata I am really looking forward to Ayesha! Unmarriageable was great! 🤗 3mo
essayareayaitch Oddly, I did not like Eligible. I've loved the author's other works. 3mo
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Lauredhel
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Great library haul today! #romantsy #graphicnovel

Lauredhel @AbhisekBasu my first litsy spammer. Ew. 3mo
Lauredhel @AbhisekBasu this is the opposite of how to use social media ethically and engagingly as an author. Go do some research. 3mo
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MelindaOtt
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love Sonali Dec and she is a must-read author for me. Her first 4 books are among my favorite #romancenovels . Her newest didn‘t quite rise to the same level for me. There was much to like here, but two things brought it down for me. One, it was a little too on-the-nose about being a P&P retelling. Secondly, I felt like it needed a bit more editing. While this one didn‘t blow me away, I will definitely read on in the series.

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Preciouz29
Pickpick

So unlike quite a few of the other reviewers, I loved this book and the retelling. No spoilers, but I do think this is something you should read for yourself and then decide how you feel.

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Expandingbookshelf
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Mehso-so

My feelings are...complicated. The descriptions of food were mouth-watering and I was interested in the gender-swapped aspect of the retelling. But this book left me cold. I didn‘t buy the chemistry between the two leads and some of the storylines were troubling (including a truly terrible #metoo take). I‘ve enjoyed Sonali Dev‘s previous work so this was disappointing.

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DebinHawaii
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Today's soup & #soupersundays blog post is a Middle Eastern Leek & Veggie Soup with Dilled Yogurt & Sumac, heavily adapted from a Diana Henry recipe for steam leeks with the yogurt sauce. Even though it's a steamy day here, the soup isn't too heavy & the zucchini, lemon, spices & dilled yogurt topping keep it fresh & cooling. Link to recipe👇🏻

I am just starting this one & I am excited because P&P variations & retellings are my catnip! 😉😻

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s-b
Pickpick

A little gem of a read, guaranteed to pull at your heartstrings. Except for the annoying thing I posted about just before, I really liked it! #romantsy

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s-b

This constant that's-what-he/she-wanted-to-say-but-this-is-what-he/she-said-instead is annoying as hell. Done once or twice would have been okay, but not all throughout the book. It's violent thoughts-inducing. #romantsy

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sammisho
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Pickpick

I hardly ever like Pride and Prejudice adaptations, I can't resist reading every one either. I had no high hopes for this book. But I absolutely loved it. One of the best PnP retellings I have ever read. It had the original spirit of Austen without trying too hard. All the elements of PnP that I love were there, but it was still unique and natural. It was sweet and funny. I would recommend to fellow Austenites.

MrBook Great review! 4mo
Cheshirecat913 Ohh, I will have to check this out! 4mo
drmcscrewhammer Yes!! I adored the unique spins on P&P. I listened to the audiobook which was extra fun 4mo
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Leelee08
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Book mail is the BEST mail.❤️📚❤️

marleed Oooh, I‘ve read all but the top book! 4mo
Leelee08 @marleed I‘m so looking forward to all of them! I‘ve heard good things.😍😍😍 4mo
marleed Unhoneymooners was my favorite! I‘ll be interested to see your favorite! (edited) 4mo
Leelee08 @marleed Awesome! I‘ll definitely do a review ASAP.🥰📚 4mo
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marleed
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This was an intriguing homage to its namesake and I was interested in the character development of the players. I‘m giving this a pick that is precariously close to a so-so because
1. HIPPA rules, y‘all.
2. Trisha was a bit wonky for how well-educated and cultured she should be.
3. It was unnecessarily repetitive in parts

Day 7 of #WanderingJune with #californication #CurrentReadMatchesDailyChallengeAgain
 @cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen I‘m still not sure how I feel about ALL of these retellings but I do think it‘s a clever way to introduce classics to a new generation of readers 4mo
marleed @Cinfhen oh I agree. Whenever I was thinking Trisha was wonky I considered the restraints and challenges of the author to shape modern day characters in an homage to the Bennett‘s. It‘s fun to read the effort. 4mo
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Nessavamusic
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Mehso-so

Not a great exercise week as I had a small surgical procedure done, but almost made my two hour goal before it. I did finish another audio book though. #unpopularopinion I did not love this book as much as I wanted to. The main characters were just so unpleasant for the majority of the book I almost dnf. I enjoyed the ending though! An interesting twist on P&P. @wanderinglynn #BFC

CoverToCoverGirl Well done and wish you a speedy recovery! 4mo
BookwormAHN I hope you have quick recovery 🌸 4mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week. I hope you recovery quickly! 💚 4mo
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UnabridgedPod
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Pickpick

After I finished Sonali Dev's Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors, I still felt as if I was in the world she'd built. She took the most essential parts of Pride and Prejudice and transformed them, building a modern world in the midst of an Indian family living in America. Dr. Trisha Raje, the protagonist, has been (sort of) disowned by her family after a mysterious mistake that threatens her brother's political career. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod When she meets DJ Caine (DJ stands for Darcy James. Ha!), their relationship seems to be built on immediate repulsion. But of COURSE (because it's a Jane Austen re-telling), that initial conflict is hiding something more. Dev uses the class conflict that lies at the heart of Pride and Prejudice and embraces the horribly awkward misunderstandings that characterize the protagonists' relationship. ⬇️ 5mo
UnabridgedPod Over the course of the novel, she addresses the pros and cons of assimilation, the medical field, the art of cooking, the #metoo movement, racism, and police brutality . . . and so much more. And all of that is wrapped up in a subtle, complex, yearning romance that is just gorgeous. I'll definitely be reading more of Sonali Dev's catalog. 5mo
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Nessavamusic
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1. Listening to tagged, also reading The Promise by R L Mathewson.
2. Next up is Beauty by Robin McKinley
3. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang, a great book
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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balletbookworm
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I had a little trouble getting into this, which annoyed me as an Austen fan. I think it‘s because Dev introduces SO MANY characters at once, so we‘re trying to sort out who‘s who and who has history, etc because it‘s very expansive instead of insular. But once I got past the first 40 pages I was able to sink right in. I loved how Dev did a “remix” of the characters so that (Wickham aside) none of them are direct analogues to their originals.

balletbookworm Also, this book will make you VERY hungry bc DJ is an amazing chef. All food described in this book is drool-inducing. 5mo
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JANEissarilyAUSTENtatious
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#JAbookAdaptation

A modern take on the classic Pride and Prejudice.

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Holliesplaining
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Just started this one and I‘m already loving it.

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kate_reads
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Pickpick

Slowwwww burn, kind of enemies-to-lovers romance. I really enjoyed and so did my cuddle buddy 🥰

FeministBookClub Agreed. It definitely started slow but ends up really cute. 5mo
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bookishrantings
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BOOK MAIL CAME TODAY! Can't wait to read these!

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suzisteffen
Pickpick

I see other people calling this a slow burn, but I think it‘s just the first 500 pages of a like 2000-page story about the Rajes, so I have a little more patience. That said, I will never forgive the dad or the mom, and I am not so fond of Trish‘s siblings either. That woman needs some distance from her hell family, but she is not gonna get it because ... MANY MORE BOOKS TK. Yes, some Austenian (& Dickensian) flavors/ influences in a modern tale.

suzisteffen 4⭐️ but that‘s kinda conditional on the next few eps! 5mo
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suzisteffen
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📚 Tagged, plus four nonfiction books from which I keep posting quotes. 😂
📚📚 🤔 I literally have no idea? Maybe Sharon Levy‘s The Marsh Builders? Will put in comments (a wonderful #science book!)
📚📚📚 Love the ferns and firs of our area, the camas, and most of all, the trillium. #PNW #FernGully

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

suzisteffen Ty @Emilymdxn for posting this awesome one! 5mo
suzisteffen Book I mentioned above was greenish, also blue 😂 5mo
Emilymdxn 💖💖💖💖 5mo
suzisteffen *5 nonfiction books, lord lord. 5mo
rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in 🌱🌿 5mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Thank you @DGRachel for sending me this book along with your sweet note on the City Lights Bookstore postcard. You‘re so sweet and the best!!!

DGRachel Yay! I‘m glad it arrived safe and sound! 5mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @DGRachel. Thanks again. Hope to see you soon. 🥰🤗💕 5mo
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FeministBookClub
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Such a cute read so far! Predicable but enjoyable.

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AutumnAuroraRain95
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I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and i am so excited to start reading it! It has two of my favorite things: retelling of Pride and Prejudice and a book set in San Francisco!

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suzisteffen
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Just starting this one. As I‘ve said, I‘ll read ANY P&P adaptation or retelling, and I have read many - last month a Pakistani one, this month an Indian one! Always appreciate Sonali Dev‘s books too. #PrideAndPrejudice #romance (bought it on Kobo)

vumblereads Currently reading pride and prejudice, I‘d be interested to read this one too! 5mo
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DGRachel
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Pickpick

This is a reluctant pick. It is the slowest of slow burns, and while it shares some key elements with P&P like issues of class and privilege, misunderstandings, and an evil Wickham character, it‘s painfully slow in the beginning. It takes 400 pages to get to the details of the terrible thing Trisha supposedly did 15 years earlier. But, the last 100 pages make up for the s l o w start, and it left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling, so it gets a pick.

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DGRachel
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Do I know how to party on a Friday night or what?
#bookandbailey #readingbuddy #dogsoflitsy #pitbullsoflitsy

Leftcoastzen Woot woot! 😆 6mo
wanderinglynn That‘s my kind of party! 👍🏻🙌🏻 6mo
TheEllieMo Best kind of party! 6mo
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Melissa_J I‘m having the same kind of party tonight, too 😊 6mo
Graciouswarriorprincess I am jealous that you got an ARC of this book. Let me know how it is as I am dying to read it! 6mo
DGRachel @Graciouswarriorprincess Do you want my ARC? I‘m not loving it. I am finally at the half way point and seriously debating whether to spend another four hours finishing it or just write off the four hours I‘ve already spent as a waste and read anything else. 😔 6mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @DGRachel yes!! Do you know if you will be visiting Cary soon? I am thinking of doing a NC Litsy meet up in June. If you aren‘t allergic to cats, you can spend the night. 😉 6mo
DGRachel @Graciouswarriorprincess I don‘t know when I‘ll next be in Cary, and I‘m not sure if I can come out in June (I‘ll try) but if you want to email me your address I‘ll mail the book this week. My email is ucfdg97 @ Gmail dot com. 😊 6mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @DGRachel I will email you. Thank you! 😀 6mo
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ReadingSusan
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I love a book with Jane Austen flavor. This wasn‘t really a retelling of Pride & Prejudice just more like lots of gentle nods to the great work. That being said this book was a wee bit disjointed. There were some confusing parts where it seemed like Trisha had been estranged from her family for 15 years but no they are close? I didn‘t understand that part. And the romance felt a little forced and I wasn‘t that interested in it. (con‘t in comments)

ReadingSusan But the part I hated the most was when it would quote her and then it said of course I didn‘t really say that. Ughhhhh. This book as a whole was disappointing. 6mo
DGRachel I'm struggling with this ARC, too. I think the part you mentioned in your comment about quotes and then “of course I didn't really say that“ is a fairly common element of Bollywood movies. It just doesn't translate well into print. 6mo
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DGRachel
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Apparently I entered and won a giveaway for this book and managed to completely forget about it. 🤦🏻‍♀️ This was a welcome, pleasant surprise after a day at work where I wanted to murder a project manager. 🤣🤣
#bookmail #surprise #austenretelling #bollywood

Traci1 Nice! 6mo
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Reviewsbylola
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#spiceupyourlife with another P&P retelling! I‘m not sure I‘ll find a retelling that can impress me as much as Eligible but I‘ll give it a shot. #anglophileapril

Melissa_J And this one is my favourite retelling 6mo
CrowCAH Almost thought there‘d be recipes included, since those could be “other flavors”. 6mo
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Mdargusch I can‘t wait to see because I loved Eligible! 6mo
CarolynM My book group once had a P&P on film night where we watched the same 2 scenes in 4 different versions - Bride and Prejudice, a Bollywood-style version, was a lot of fun. I imagine this book would be too🙂 6mo
Reviewsbylola That sounds fun! Cool idea. @CarolynM 6mo
Reviewsbylola Thanks for the recs, those are new to me! @Melissa_J 6mo
Cinfhen Potential is there 🤞🏼🤞🏼 6mo
emilyhaldi Curious to hear your thoughts! 6mo
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bell7
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Pickpick

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the romance I like best are inspired by Jane Austen. This one is not a retelling, but had fun references to Pride & Prejudice as well as other Austen works. Trisha Raje, of an elite Indian background, finds herself falling for Darcy, the cook who was hired for her brother's political dinners. Excellent fun which made me want to read more by Sonali Dev.

I read an eARC; the book is due out in May.

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Schlinkles
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Continuing my streak of fluffy books with this Pride and Prejudice retelling.

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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I love #Netgalley. I downloaded these four books tonight. Anthony Horowitz‘s and Balli Kaye Jaswal‘s new books. The other two just looked fun! 😀📚📖

Librarybelle Thank you for posting this! I‘ve been stalking NetGalley for Horowitz‘s new book to open for request...I‘ve snagged a copy too! 8mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @Librarybelle You‘re welcome! So glad that you received a copy too!😉 8mo
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