The Bollywood Bride
Genre: Women's Fiction, Romance
Summary (from Goodreads): Ria Parkar is Bollywood's favorite Ice Princess--beautiful, poised, and scandal-proof--until one impulsive act threatens to expose her destructive past. Traveling home to Chicago for her cousin's wedding offers a chance to diffuse the coming media storm and find solace in family, food, and outsized celebrations that are like one of her vibrant movies come to life. But it also means confronting Vikram Jathar.
Ria and Vikram spent childhood summers together, a world away from Ria's exclusive boarding school in Mumbai. Their friendship grew seamlessly into love--until Ria made a shattering decision. As far as Vikram is concerned, Ria sold her soul for stardom and it's taken him years to rebuild his life. But beneath his pent-up anger, their bond remains unchanged. And now, among those who know her best, Ria may find the courage to face the secrets she's been guarding for everyone else's benefit--and a chance to stop acting and start living.
Rich with details of modern Indian-American life, here is a warm, sexy, and witty story of love, family, and the difficult choices that arise in the name of both.
Review: I loved getting a glimpse of life as an Indian in the United States; the author did a lovely job describing the Indian customs involved in a wedding, and provided all kinds of fascinating little details about all the preparations that must be made. I felt like I was part of Ria's large and loving family getting to experience the excitement leading up to a huge wedding celebration.
The character of Ria was a tad over the top, though. She seemed to feel her emotions like a teenage girl, very very dramatically, and I got a little tired of reading about how her tears were pouring down her face for hours because her heart was just completely broken. The entire conflict in the story stemmed from the fact that she had a big secret that she didn't want anyone to know about, and I spent the entire novel wishing she would just let her childhood soulmate in on her secret already. Because you knew he'd find out eventually, and everything would turn out fine. But I guess that wouldn't have made for a very long story....
Rating: 3.5 stars