COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “Marriage Unarranged,” BY AUTHOR, Ritu Bhathal, @RituBhathal

Featuring a Special RELEASE DAY Review!

About this Book

‘Chickpea Curry’ Lit — Chick Lit with and Indian twist!

It all started ended with that box…

Aashi’s life was all set.

Or so she thought.

Like in the Bollywood films, Ravi would woo her, charm her family and they’d get married and live happily ever after.

But then Aashi found the empty condom box…

Putting her ex-fiancé and her innocence behind her, Aashi embarks upon an enlightening journey, to another country, where vibrant memories are created, and unforgettable friendships forged.

Old images erased, new beginnings to explore.

And how can she forget the handsome stranger she meets? A stranger who’s hiding something…

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MY RECOMMENDATION

Aashi is getting married! She envisions herself dressed in different bridal outfits, and she feels like a princess… until she turns up at Ravi’s house. The door is answered by Nishi, a drop-dead gorgeous co-worker of Ravi who leaves abruptly with Aashi’s arrival.

Aashi is a lovely young woman, the kind any man would be thrilled to marry. She’s a bit naïve, but still gives Ravi, the man of her dreams, the benefit of the doubt… until she discovers the empty condom box. His betrayal is a stab to her heart. She’s got nothing left except to explain to her parents and family the depth of Ravi’s betrayal.

Aashi battles the humiliation of a broken engagement by embarking on a new adventure to India accompanied by her brothers and best friend, Kiran. When the mysterious Arjun shows up, Aashi discovers a certain attraction that just won’t go away. Where will their relationship lead?

“Marriage Unarranged,” is a Hindi love story like no other. I found myself emersed in the culture of India, learning new Punjabi names for friends and family, including religious and cultural traditions. Did I forget to mention the food? How about the clothes? I was swept away by it all!

However, this book isn’t only about a young woman’s passage into adulthood. The author broaches many cultural taboos: broken engagements, children born out of wedlock, and homosexuality, all explored with kindness and acceptance.

Aashi’s parents (Harjit, her mother and Mohinder-ji, her father) only want what is best for their children. Are they equipped to go against cultural norms, all for the love of their family?

“Marriage Unarranged,” played out in my mind like a movie on the big screen. I smelled the incense, prayed at the Gurdwara with Aashi, caught the sparkle from the bangle bracelets for sale in the market; and I fell in love with the characters. I can’t wait to find out where the author takes us next!

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the author. This book is available today. Grab your copy now!

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About the Author

Ritu Bhathal was born in Birmingham, UK, in the mid-1970’s to migrant parents, hailing from Kenya but with Indian origins. This colourful background has been a constant source of inspiration to her.

From childhood, she always enjoyed reading. This love of books is mostly credited to her mother.

The joy of reading spurred her on to become creative in her own writing, from fiction to poetry.

Winning little writing competitions at school and locally gave her the encouragement to continue writing.

As a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and teacher, she has drawn on inspiration from many avenues to create the poems that she writes.

A qualified teacher, having studied at Kingston University, she now deals with classes of children as a sideline to her writing!

Ritu also writes a blog, a mixture of life and creativity, thoughts and opinions, which recently was awarded second place in the Best Overall Blog Category at the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards.

Ritu is happily married, and living in Kent, with her Hubby Dearest, and two children, not forgetting the furbaby Sonu Singh.

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How to Connect with the Author

BLOG: ritubhathal.com

TWITTER: @RituBhathal

FACEBOOK: Ritu Bhathal ~ Author, Poet, Storyteller

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89 thoughts on “COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “Marriage Unarranged,” BY AUTHOR, Ritu Bhathal, @RituBhathal”

  1. Ritu’s books sounds amazing, Colleen. I love books set in unfamiliar cultures as it adds such an interesting layer to the read. Thanks for the recommendation and many congrats to Ritu. 🙂

        1. I’m actually quite worldly, Balroop. My first high school crush was on a boy from India. I spent a lot of time with him and sister in the library learning about their culture. As a Pagan Buddhist, I view cultures differently than most people I know. I would love to visit India (wish I was wealthy). LOL! I helped to raise my step-daughters who were half-Thai, along with my three children. I love learning about new cultures and religions. That helps to bridge the gaps between people. <3

          1. Wow! nice to know that Colleen… what a revelation…6 children to raise! you are a super woman! India has a lot to offer to visitors besides culture and cuisine, there is a diversity you wouldn’t find anywhere.

            1. Oh, he was such a lovely boy! Of course he and his sister made me very clear that we could only be friends. I always suspected that he went off and became a doctor or something. Funny the things we remember from high school, right? LOL! 😀

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  3. Thank you for the amazing review, Colleen! As always very appreciated. Hope you are enjoying the weekend! Best wishes, Michael

    In Europe, we now also have storms. We were told. I am still a little inconclusive, whether I would rather have the one from the UK, called Italian “Ciara”, or the German storm named “Sabine”. 😉

    1. Oh, Yikes!! Two storms? Climate change is affecting our weather all over the world. Too bad our American elected officals in the “ruling” party are not able to understand the dire consequences. Stay safe my friend. <3

      1. Thank you, Sis! We had our “Sabine” today, but it wasnt as scary as aired. Our old cherry tree (over 80 years is unharmed alive). Wish you all the best. Take care for Sonu, he should not be blown away. 😉 Michael

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        1. Didn’t you love it? My first crush in high school was for a boy who had moved from India to Milwaukee, WI. I hung out in the library with him and his sister for two years! We had great discussions. I’ve wanted to wear a saree my entire life. I’ve always thought I had a past life in India. LOL! <3

          1. There is something very magical about India that blinds our eyes to some of its downsides like the poverty and daily struggles many of the people have their. But that is the way the world over. Back to the book I loved it and have read it twice 💜💜💜

            1. I know there is horrible poverty. But for all that, there is a certain mystical quality to the country. The religion has always spoken to me. Ritu covers some of that in her book. The Sikh religion is quite interesting, too. <3

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