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A Bollywood Affair
A Bollywood Affair | Sonali Dev
"Deeply-felt emotions that will keep readers turning the pages." --Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times bestselling authorMili Rathod hasn't seen her husband in twenty years--not since she was promised to him at the age of four. Yet marriage has allowed Mili a freedom rarely given to girls in her village. Her grandmother has even allowed her to leave India and study in America for eight months, all to make her the perfect modern wife. Which is exactly what Mili longs to be--if her husband would just come and claim her. Bollywood's favorite director, Samir Rathod, has come to Michigan to secure a divorce for his older brother. Persuading a nave village girl to sign the papers should be easy for someone with Samir's tabloid-famous charm. But Mili is neither a fool nor a gold-digger. Open-hearted yet complex, she's trying to reconcile her independence with cherished traditions. And before he can stop himself, Samir is immersed in Mili's life--cooking her dal and rotis, escorting her to her roommate's elaborate Indian wedding, and wondering where his loyalties and happiness lie. "Heartfelt, witty, and thoroughly engaging, Sonali Dev's debut is both a vivid exploration of modern India and a deeply honest story of love, in all its diversity. "A fresh new voice...Deeply-felt emotions that will keep readers turning pages. A BOLLYWOOD AFFAIR has it all."Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times bestselling author "Deeply romantic and emotional, with characters I fell in love with, A BOLLYWOOD AFFAIR is simply unputdownable. It's sexy, it's dramatic, but most of all, it's a sweet, hot love story that made me sigh and smile and want to read it all over again as soon as I turned the last page."Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author "An impressive debut and a charming contemporary Indian fairytale...Vibrant and exuberantly romantic, Affair is chock full of details that reflect India's social and cultural flux." NPR.com "As intricate as a henna tattoo and as sweet as gulab juman... this witty confection is sure to delight...Captures all the glamour, mix-ups and humor of a classic Bollywood film." Shelf Awareness "Dev's heartfelt debut novel is rich in scenes and images illuminating Indian culture, leaving readers with a greater understanding and appreciation of Indian traditions while beautifully capturing the struggle between familial duty and self-discovery." Booklist A delightful debut packed with complex characters, deep emotions and just the right touch of humor. A tale of love, loss and second chances.Shobhan Bantwal, author of The Dowry Bride "In this enthralling tale of romantic complications Sonali Dev not only entertains but provides new insight into the human condition. A must read."Mingmei Yip, author of Peach Blossom Pavilion It is a true joy when a fresh new voice enters the genre, so make note of the name Sonali Dev! Based on this marvelous debut, Dev is set to become a star. Filled with warmth and completely unforgettable characters, this occasionally poignant story explores what happens when best laid plans go awry. An absolute winner from beginning to end, this spellbinding tale grabs your heart and never lets go! RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars, TOP PICK "This tasty Indian American confection will satisfy female readers of any age...A contemporary, transcontinental romance told with a light touch and lots of sizzle.Library Journal
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ScientistSam
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I really enjoyed this book and its description of a traditionally raised young woman who still manages to break some barriers and go study in America... while waiting for the husband she met and was married to at the age of four and hasn't seen since. When her brother-in-law comes to the States to get her to sign annulment papers, the story gets, well, complicated.

4⭐
#romantsy

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Mehso-so

A friend recommended Sonali Dev to me. Her 2nd book in series Bollywood Bride has been in my TBR for awhile. I don't think you have to, but since my Library had this 1st one, thought I would read in order. Wasn't crazy about this one. To many Romance Novel Tropes: misunderstanding, helpess female, & bad boy changed by good girl. Going to read next one and give author another chance.

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Jeanne_S
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Cute.

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BookInMyHands
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Panpan

Just no. If your name is Samir and you name your penis “Little Sam” and often refer to it, you are a dick. Actually, if you name your penis at all, you are a dick.

I wanted to like this book, but I can‘t go along with rape culture. I hated the sex scene in this book, it made me feel sick.

Soubhiville I bailed early on. I feel you! 9mo
DGRachel I was considering this book based on a review I just read. I‘m glad I kept scrolling and saw your review. I think I‘ll skip this one! 2w
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LazyLimaLife
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Sick in bed, taking advantage of the down time to catch up on my reading.

I‘m enjoying this title but am growing eager for some action. Hopefully it‘s just a few pages away....

Dragon Hope you‘re feeling better soon! 💐 11mo
LazyLimaLife Thank you! 11mo
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RebelGrrrl
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This was an entertaining read with some really excellent details and characters worth rooting for. It was not a perfect book (partly because I think the characters were a little *too* perfect and I don't love the trope of the super clumsy heroine), but I enjoyed reading this, and it was absolutely a page turner. I read this b/c my fave podcast, Book Club For Masochists is taking on the romance genre!

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RebelGrrrl
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So apparently my cat isn't into this book. I'm really glad that the library copy I checked out was older and already had some water damage from previous patrons, otherwise I'd be buying the system a new copy. For what it's worth, I think her judgment was a bit quick and she should give it another chance. I think the book is pretty good so far.

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aliasNayNay
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I‘m one of those people who carry a book around with them absolutely every where I go. I have read waiting for a movie to start, in countless airplanes and at the base of Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica.


Do you take a book everywhere you go, and where‘s the best place you read a book?

JeansBookshelf My Kindle is always in my purse. Last place I read was in my room just now. 😂 1y
aliasNayNay @JeanMartin_82 I love the kindle, knowing I have hundreds of books with me is great, lol, it is an addiction a good one though. 1y
JeansBookshelf @aliasNayNay Definitely a good addiction 😂 1y
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Lauredhel
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Mehso-so

Sooooo much toppling over, and sobbing, and I'm personally of the opinion that one vomit scene in a romance is generally one too many. I also got stuck, as I am wont to do, on the medical inaccuracy of the heroine's injury and its treatment.

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Lauredhel
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Unicorn chaser!

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silentrequiem
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Why did it take me so long to finally read this? I adored this way more than her later books. It's sweet, charming, and full of heart. #romantsy #ownvoices #authorofcolor

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VanChocStrawberry
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So good. A little steamy, but with depth and character development=the best kind of romance.

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janeycanuck
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Dev is fantastic and this was so cute. I don‘t see how it ties into the other books, I suspect it‘s a passing reference to a character.

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Mrs_Black
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For the #readharder2018 challenge, this is my pick for a romance by or about a poc. I haven‘t really read romance since I was a kid... but it will be a light read after Homegoing.

ChasingOm I read these books in December and loved them! 2y
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daniwithtea
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With 20 minutes to go until the 12-hour mark, this was a delightful read. Challenges: author of a different ethnicity for #pop2018, romance novel by/about a person of color for #readharder, and 16/100 for the year. #24in48

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daniwithtea
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Shifting from audiobook back to physical book as I head into hour 9...woo!! #24in48

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Mehso-so

While I did enjoy the humour a lot of the time and enjoyed this peek into Indian cultures from different regions, overall it didn't really do it for me. The playboy tamed by the innocent virginal woman trope in general does not appeal to me at all and I don't think the author sold this pair in particular well either. Plus the way the author dealt with a few aspects (the sex scene and a woman lying about domestic violence) felt not very feminist.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Unfortunately in terms of my romance reading project, this book confirms my negative previous assumptions about the genre. I know that's not true after reading a few books now, but I'm sure glad I didn't try this one first! 2y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Very funny and very romantic so far. #Romantsy #AwesomeAudiobooks #Audiobooks

QueenJen AND I have this one on hold at the library too!! 😉🥃 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @QueenJen We're reading twins! 2y
QueenJen Indeed! 2y
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CaitZ
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This one suprised me. I really enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It's a sweet and funny romance with fascinating insights into Indian culture. I'll definitely read her other books.

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sb3626
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I saw this on Overdrive‘s books for the book riot read harder challenge and I‘m so glad I got down to reading it! It was so cute and it taught me a lot about the Indian culture and the differences of the areas of India! It‘s a great cutesy read about Milli and her search for her husband. Definitely not what I expected. It was so much better!

janeycanuck Read Bollywood Bride - it‘s even better if you ask me! 2y
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CaitZ
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Starting my second book for #LitsyPartyOfOne I've never read any books with an Indian theme and since the author lives nearby, I thought I'd try this one. @Ambrosnazzy

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MMFinck
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Absolutely loved this book. Surprisingly sexy. Deep characters I wanted to be real. I can't wait to read the next one! I read so much as an author interviewer and book reviewer and the pressure to read even more is intense - yesterday two ARCs arrived in the mail from the same publicist! I'm only one person! :) - so for me to say I can't wait to read the next one for pleasure is the highest compliment I can give.

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bookwormkara
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Very sweet story with charming characters. I have a small threshold for the whole "lack of communication leading to comedic mix ups" (Austen is the exception) & it's one of the several reasons I usually have problems with & don't like romance novels (yes, I've tried lots of times, don't @ me). But this one worked for me & when I'm in the mood I'll read the next ones in the series? #audiobook

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BethM
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What a good story! More plot and story than a generic romance. Being set in, and written by an author of a different culture from mine was enlightening and enjoyable. The narrator was excellent as well.

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SamLBooks
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17/52 Reading challenge. Very cute! Mili drove me crazy in the beginning but it ended great! #romantsy

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SamLBooks
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Starting my read with a passed out pup ☺️ #petsoflitsy #romantsy

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annamae
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4.5🌟
In love. Loved Mili. Loved Samir. Loved all of the Indian food descriptions. This story was sweet but also dealt with real issues. I am now solidly a Sonali Dev fan. #romantsy
Book 4 of Summer

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annamae
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Reading at the beach is so hard to beat. I am loving this book so far. #romantsy #beachread

Christy2318 Great book! Lovely view. 2y
Alfoster So pretty!😍😍😍 2y
annamae @Christy2318 I am really enjoying it so far, especially Mili, she is delightful! 2y
annamae @Alfoster the Oregon Coast is my favorite 😍 2y
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eawestauthor
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Too much foul language and sex for my tastes. If you don't mind that sort of thing, it's a lovely, complicated romance that offers a fascinating look at Indian culture.

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eawestauthor
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Can't wait to dig into this one!

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bookninja
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Mehso-so

This was my second book by Sonali Dev and I was a bit disappointed. I wasn't invested in the characters as much as I was in the first book. The story felt too rushed. But I still love the author and will definitely read her other books.

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Mulberrymom
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Can't wait to dive into A Bollywood Affair, which takes place in the town where I went to grad school as well as places I visited in India last year!

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LeahsBookNest
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I can appreciate the Indian dishes, customs, and traditions mentioned so it's a 3 star book for me. The romance made me roll my eyes one too many times but I'd be open to reading book #2. Most of the book takes place in America; you will also visit Mumbai and Rajasthan too. I think I'm going to watch my first Bollywood film. 😊

RealLifeReading Haha so much eye rolling in this book!! 3y
LeahsBookNest @RealLifeReading the slut shaming and misogyny made me cringe! 3y
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B.Reader
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Three #DiverseRomances for today's #fiestyfeb from my #tbr. Want to get to these asap!!

Christy2318 Sonali is fabulous. 3y
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LeahsBookNest
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40% in. The characters are meh, plot is meh. Going to keep reading anyway.

EmilyAnne I thought this one was ok, I liked her second one better 😊 3y
LeahsBookNest @EmilyAnne it's getting better! 75% in now. ☺ 3y
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Giabow
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New book, new yarn, another pussyhat. #pussyhatproject #ReadHarderChallenge2017

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Magpiegem
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Really looking forward to starting my first ever reading challenge! The list is almost complete. Here it is (in parts) so far! #LitsyAtoZ #readingchallenge

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aizekj
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Excited to dive into this one! What a gorgeous cover!

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Kristio
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Laughing out loud at this book and this sweet little girl keeps laughing along with me! 😂

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stargazerblue49
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The weather outside is weather - ☃️☃️☃️ - so we've been cooped up inside for a while. Finished this amazing read last night. Now we're trying to figure out when is the appropriate time to switch from cocoa/herbal tea to cranberry wine and if the chores really need to be done and if the reading has to be educational or if we can just relax on this snowy Sunday afternoon. ❄️🍫🍷🍵🍪❄️

Jenshootsweddings Now is the time 🍷 3y
LauraBrook I'm pretty sure it's wine o'clock. 3y
Zelma Wine o'clock starts early on weekends. I think you're perfectly fine to switch. 🍷😆 3y
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EmilyChristine
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This arrived today! Thank you so much @EloisaJames !! I can't wait to read it!

onesmartcupcake I really enjoyed that one! I'm hoping to get a chance to read her second (and soon to be published third) soon. 🙂 3y
EmilyChristine @onesmartcupcake yay! More books to add to my list. 😃 3y
EloisaJames You're welcome! I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did! 3y
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EloisaJames
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I have an extra copy of this book, which I adore, so I'm going to send it to a liker/commenter w/a US address. Say hi if you want it! Basically this is an extraordinarily well written Harlequin Presents-type plot (I love HPs!) with a twist because the characters are from India.Mili was married at age 4 & is waiting for her husband to show up. He doesn't, of course, but his famous Bollywood director brother does, divorce papers in hand... #romantsy

aizekj Hi! I would love to have this! Looks amazing! :) 3y
EmilyChristine Sounds like a good pick! Added to my stack. 😃 3y
Mc_cart_ny Hi! I remember hearing about this book a few months ago and it sounds so good, I would love to own it! The gorgeous cover doesn't hurt 😘 3y
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Dolly So nice of you🙂 3y
Abby-J This sounds awesome. 3y
geekerydo Oh yes, this is something I've wanted to read/acquire for a while. ^^ 3y
Chachic I really enjoyed reading this one! I need to read the rest of her books. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa don't pick me, I've read it already, but I wanted to say I agree, it was a great read 3y
sparrow This is on my want to read list! It also makes me want to watch Bride and Prejudice again. 3y
JPrecht Oh wow, how generous! This has been in my "To Buy So I Can Read" pile for awhile; I'd love to throw my name in the hat! 3y
Luv2readbookz Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance. 😊 3y
flip58 This sounds great! I am a sucker for arranged marriage plots. My very first romance was The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer 3y
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Kiley
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My pick for #recommendsday is my most recent read: A BOLLYWOOD AFFAIR. It was my first ever ~romance~, and while - I won't lie - it made me blush a little, I really enjoyed. Sweet and charming and perfect for a cold, blustery day.

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AmandaV
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This story is a fun romance with a great characters. The narrator was perfect for this story and gave each character their own distinct voice. I didn't know a whole lot about Indian culture before listening to this audiobook, but it didn't affect how much i enjoyed this book. Will definitely read more from this author.

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AmandaV
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After an extensive search of Hoopla audiobooks, I've found my next story! Can't wait to dive into this romance 😍 The beautiful cover art is a plus too #audiobooks #hoopla

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Dragon
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#blameitonlitsy #somethingforsept. Thanks to Litsy I have hours, years, maybe decades of good reading on my tbr list

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anrobe
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Really liked this one! Loving reading a romance with diversity! This was a good one!

RealLifeReading I'm not much of a romance reader but will try it! 3y
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anrobe
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About 100 pages in and enjoying it! Nice to see some diversity in a romance novel!

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ramyasbookshelf
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I was looking for a light, quick read after putting my heart and soul into Homegoing and Sonali Dev's A Bollywood Affair was exactly that - light, quick read completely Bollywood style! The melodrama, the family bonding, the romance, the friendships.. So entertainingly Bollywood! Fun read..

ElizabethAndino I loved this one too! Also, her other book...the Bollywood Bride is fun! 3y
ramyasbookshelf @ElizabethAndino I've been wondering about that! Thanks for letting me know.. Will read that soon! 3y
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