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Recipe for Persuasion: A Novel (The Rajes Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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From the author of Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors comes another , clever, deeply layered, and heartwarming romantic comedy that follows in the Jane Austen tradition—this time, with a twist on Persuasion.
Chef Ashna Raje desperately needs a new strategy. How else can she save her beloved restaurant and prove to her estranged, overachieving mother that she isn’t a complete screw up? When she’s asked to join the cast of Cooking with the Stars, the latest hit reality show teaming chefs with celebrities, it seems like just the leap of faith she needs to put her restaurant back on the map. She’s a chef, what’s the worst that could happen?
Rico Silva, that’s what.
Being paired with a celebrity who was her first love, the man who ghosted her at the worst possible time in her life, only proves what Ashna has always believed: leaps of faith are a recipe for disaster.
FIFA winning soccer star Rico Silva isn't too happy to be paired up with Ashna either. Losing Ashna years ago almost destroyed him. The only silver lining to this bizarre situation is that he can finally prove to Ashna that he's definitely over her.
But when their catastrophic first meeting goes viral, social media becomes obsessed with their chemistry. The competition on the show is fierce…and so is the simmering desire between Ashna and Rico. Every minute they spend together rekindles feelings that pull them toward their disastrous past. Will letting go again be another recipe for heartbreak—or a recipe for persuasion…?
In Recipe for Persuasion, Sonali Dev once again takes readers on an unforgettable adventure in this fresh, fun, and enchanting romantic comedy.
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“Clever allusions to Persuasion aside (even Jane Austen fans will be challenged to spot them all), this is a sumptuously multilayered story about the ways love gets tangled in family life and romantic relationships.” -- Library Journal (starred review)
"Dev continues the story of the Raje family with this nuanced and powerful second chance romance, a loose riff on Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Dev balances the toe-curling romance with high-octane family drama...[her] candor and sensitivity in both story lines set this family-centric romance apart. Readers are sure to be impressed." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"No one writes like Sonali Dev. Recipe for Persuasion is a complex, thoughtful exploration of family dynamics, mothers and daughters, and the sorrows we often endure before we find our true place in life. A rich, delicious tale." -- Barbara O'Neal, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of When We Believed in Mermaids
"Master storyteller Sonali Dev pens another fantastic Jane Austen retelling with this intricately layered tale of the complexities of familial and romantic love. Full of yearning and wit—and featuring a delicious hero—this book is not to be missed!" -- Jamie Beck, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author
A must read... this heartwarming romantic comedy promises to make us laugh and tug at our heartstrings.” -- She Reads
"Sonali Dev does it again! In a nod to Austen’s classic, Recipe for Persuasion dices up family drama, slow-boils the romance between Chef Ashna and footballer, Rico Silva, as they come to terms with their past and their current feelings Master Chef-style. You will gobble up this Dev concoction like your favorite dessert … and then you’ll want seconds." -- Falguni Kothari, USA Today bestselling author
Praise for Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors: “A profound, unique talent, Sonali Dev grabs the reader by the heart.” -- Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author
“This book is delicious! A window into a beautifully rich family and cultural life, and romance that made our hearts glow, Dev has a place of honor on our bookshelves!” -- Christina Lauren, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Sonali Dev writes Bollywood-style love stories that let her explore issues faced by women worldwide while still indulging her faith in a happily ever after. Her novels have been on best-books-of-the-year lists from NPR, Washington Post, and others.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07X3LJS7B
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks (May 26 2020)
- Language : English
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- Print length : 442 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #72,509 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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- #962 in Multicultural Romance
- #2,134 in Sports Romance (Kindle Store)
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What I got was a meandering book that bore almost no recognizability to Persuasion, beyond the vague ‘second chance romance’ trope and a few lines stolen from the original book.
The plot is completely different, with almost zero events from the original book. The characters are unrecognizable, their dynamics between each other and their motivations are changed. The book doesn’t even have their original break-up be the heroine’s decision, which is the heart of the original novel!
Instead the book swings randomly between the main plot, which is badly developed, & a bunch of weirdly dark backstory for side characters, involving themes of abuse, marital rape, and suicide.
I only finished it because I kept hoping it‘d get better or have any of the elements that I liked from the original. It didn’t.
I read Persuasion by Jane Austen years ago. I loved the book. This story is a great retelling, like the first book in the series, Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors. It’s an updated version of the classic Austen story, with more contemporary themes.
This story was much darker and more serious than Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors. There are some trigger warnings that should be included, such as suicide, substance abuse, and rape. These things were addressed, though they didn’t directly happen in the story. It was realistic to show these things happening, even though they were upsetting to read. The characters hadn’t addressed these things in the moment that they happened, due to the stigma around mental health problems. Those were tense moments in the story, and made it a much more serious book.
This is a great Persuasion adaptation.
Thank you HarperCollins for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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That doesn't make it a n go, though.
Recipe for Persuasion is another Austen inspired book, the second in the Rajes series bu Sonali Dev, this time focussing on Ashna Raje, daughter of the younger of the Royal Raje brothers, who was uprooted from her life in the palace in India, to the US.
Struggling to keep the memory of her father alive, as she works hard to steer his restaurant, Curried Dreams, in the right direction, Ashna is confronted with a face from the past, as she swallows her nerves and ends up signing up to a reality cookery show.
Rico, a world-renowned soccer player, ends up as her partner on the show, but his reasons for being there are a little more calculated.
Yes, there is second chance romance within this story, obviously, with the above two characters, but the story is so much more. From the complex relationships between estranged mothers and daughters, marital expectations, rape, PTSD, Dev has explored so much within the pages of this novel.
I felt invested in the family, having read the first book, and though it wasn't as easy a read as the first, Recipe for Persuasion was just as good.
Bring on book 3!
Supposedly, this is a retelling of Jane Austen's PERSUASION. Well, only vaguely. It's mostly just a second-chance romance and an exasperating one at that. I've been reading so many of these romances that develop in high school and end badly, while the two young lovers continue to fixate on this attachment for a decade or more. Really, do people do this? IMO, high-schoolers are young enough to get over that first love obsession and move on with their lives and their love life. That's called becoming more emotionally mature.
But no, these two have seemingly bonded for life, but since each thinks they were dumped or betrayed by the other, the love has become resentment that they can't get over. Now in their 30s, they find themselves together again, participating in a reality cooking show. (She's a chef, he's a retired sports celebrity.)
But this romance takes a back seat to all the other emotional hangups the heroine has. Resentment at a mother who she feels deserted her at a young age. Unresolved issues with an alcoholic father. Her being the one to discover the body of her father after he committed suicide. And plenty of guilt, resentment, and feelings of emotional insecurity. This heroine is a mess.
I could not feel true compassion for her, however, because she was too passive, even passive aggressive, and too lacking in any initiative or desire to discuss or resolve her emotional problems. She was the most exasperating and unlikable heroine of a contemporary romance that I've read in some time.
And then there's the heroine's mother. She's a story unto herself and that backstory took up a lot of pages of the book. Forced into a marriage she didn't want in India, in love with another man, torn between finding empowerment or living a miserable life with an abusive, alcoholic husband so that she could be with her daughter.
Well, all's well that ends well and all this misery gets resolved by the end, but I did not find this to be an enjoyable journey. The romance was unsatisfactory and the emotional traumas patly resolved in weeks after so many years of people doing absolutely nothing to improve things, instead letting everything fester.
BTW, lest you think I didn't like anything here, I'll say there was one thing: the hero. He was pleasant and caring and patient. I only wish he could have found a better love interest.
Now, with that said, I didn’t hate this book, but I also didn’t love it. It felt like this book suffered from the second book curse. I wasn’t rooting for the main character to win. Yikes. I may not have always dug Trisha from book 1 but I R least wanted her to figure out the surgery. I was rooting for her. Ashna, was a totally different story. Now, I think Dev did drops Easter eggs throughout the book to help you gain insight on Ashna’s motivation but you don’t find out the why until literally chapter 29. I’m sorry fam, but that’s entirely too long to make me wait and get invested. Also am I supposed to believe that Ashna and Rico Sauvey I mean Silva had that much of a connection that it lasted over almost two decades. Nope I’m not buying it, especially when they both thought they were left. Uhm, no. Yeah I’m sorry I’m not in the camp where finding love or finally saying I love you fixes everything; therapy, self awareness, coping skills, and community is more on par especially when there’s this type of plot point. Love ain’t it. Btw I was more invested in mom and her boo than this tepid couple. This book was supposed to be a slow burn but read like a flicker of a romance. This book was a family drama with a smidgeon of romantic elements and I’m being generous. So in summary this book was too long, the romance was meh, and it wrapped in like one chapter. You can’t go from hating your mom for your 30 chapters and then move to besties after one paragraph even when you peel back the layers. There was not enough time to develop e.g. nurture that relationship because of all the other things goin on. The flashbacks and Ashna’s negative self talk could have been trimmed down may by 10 chapters. I'm rounding up to 3 but it feels more like a 2.5
Trigger warnings for marital rape, physical and verbal abuse, suicide (on page), ptsd, anxiety, alcoholism, child abandonment, gas lighting, divorce, and manipulation.