The Bollywood Bride Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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 defuse 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.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 55 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||September 29 2015|
|Publisher||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
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But the romance side of the story, I had a harder time buying.
Ria has made her career into a success but it’s a life that is paralyzed with the fear of mental illness and becoming like her mother, pushing her loved ones away and losing love because of her choices. This contrasted strongly against the backdrop of a wedding full of happiness, and of people who are unafraid to live. This was so well done it could have been in itself enough of a story, with her realization of how constrained she’s let her life become and the journey back, without the add-on troubles of everything else.
It was a good start but Ria and Vikram became just like every other romance couple, and the tropes followed along. Mothers interfering, secrets, slandering, the piled on roadblocks of their second chance at love, started feeling excessive and began to lessen the import of their relationship.
It does make this hard to rate, because it had some excellent moments, enough that I would check out other stories from the author, and it was nice to have a little peek at Indian culture. But it did lean into the ‘too many hurdles zone’, dragging out the ending more than required so that everything could be tied up into a neat little bow.
3.5 for this one.
c/p from my goodreads
Dramatic, vivid and explosive, The Bollywood Bride does not shy away from exploring the deeper issues behind Ria's disconnect with the world. The chemistry between Ria and Vikram leaps off the page and their love for each other shines through even during the novel's more darker phases.
Another marvelous, super quick read! Highly recommended for fans of Bollywood and romance.
Top reviews from other countries
This is basically the story of what it's like to be the daughter of the madwoman in the attic. It handles dark themes about society's attitude (especial South East Asian society's attitude) to mental illness. It's set against a colourful Bollywood style party.
That's the story. The other aspect I liked about this book is that this is a regular romance story, only the characters happen to be mostly Asian. There was no overt fetishisation of the culture or how crap things are to be not-white. These were normal people, at a party. All the angst came from Ria's secret and how it tore her and the people she loved apart. THIS is what diversity is about. People doing normal-for-them things where the conflict isn't about ethnicity/ability/sexuality/whatever.
I really loved the scene where she takes her cousin to buy his wedding outfit and he's HORRIFIED at all the embroidery work. His (non-Indian) fiance is really keen for him to do this the proper Indian way, otherwise he wouldn't be seen in something so elaborate. This made me laugh because, well, it rings true. My cousins who grew up in the west would feel the same.
I also loved the portrayal of the aunties, the elaborate party and the descriptions of the food. Excuse me now, I need to go find something spicy to eat.
I received a free copy from Netgalley in return for an honest review.
.. saved it on my wishlist n wait for d book to come down in price. ..
Both Ria and Vikram will win your heart and you will root for them. The writing will bring tears, both of the happy and sad varieties. Looking forward to read more from the author.