About The Sari Shop Widow
[Pungent curry, sweet fried onions, incense, colorful beads, and lush fabrics - THE SARI SHOP WIDOW is a novel set on the streets of Edison, New Jersey's Little India, where a young businesswoman rediscovers the magic of love and family. When Anjali Kapadia's posh sari boutique in New Jersey is on the verge of financial ruin, her wealthy uncle from India comes to her rescue. But the wily, dictatorial uncle arrives with some unpleasant surprises--a young Indo-British partner named Rishi Shah for one--and a startling secret that disturbs Anjali.
Falling in love with the mysterious Shah only adds to Anjali's burgeoning list of complications. Torn between her loyalty to her family and her business on the one hand and her growing attraction for a man who could never fit into her life on the other, Anjali turns to her family and cultural roots to make a life-altering decision.]
My Thoughts: I really loved the character , a Hindu widow from a conservative family. Widowed at twenty-seven, when her husband died unexpectedly, she sold their condo, moved in with her parents and sunk her money into her parent's shop which was on the brink of bankruptcy. She poured her heart and soul into making the sari shop: Silk & Sapphires, beautiful......."it was the place she buried her grief and more or less resurrected herself".
The writing was very descriptive. I was able to visualize the gorgeous, colorful silk garments which hung in the shop---each so unique, the jewelry, beautiful crystal chandeliers, and rich plush carpeting etc. I love reading books about Indian women, and I enjoyed the Americanized lust and genuine affection", and there is more romance to be found as the story progresses. very much -- although her parents are very conservative, she has a secret boyfriend who is some 9 years older. He is described as an "American Don Juan". Her feelings for him are based on "
Honestly, it was the lovely cover, and Indian-American widow theme that attracted me to this book. I typically do not read romance novels, but this book held my interest. A story that deals with the agony of loving someone and losing them, and then allowing oneself to be vulnerable to love once again. A quick easy read and, in my opinion, a book that should appeal to a variety of readers, and one that I am happy to have had the opportunity to read and review. Recommended.
About Shobhan Banwal
Shobhan Bantwal calls her writing “Bollywood in a Book,” romantic, colorful, action-packed tales, rich with elements of her own Indian culture -- stories that entertain and educate. She is an award-winning women's fiction author of three published novels and has contributed to an anthology of short stories. Shobhan writes for a variety of publications including The Writer magazine, India Abroad, Little India, U.S. 1, Desi Journal, India Currents, Overseas Indian, and New Woman India. Her short stories have won honors/awards in contests sponsored by Writer's Digest, New York Stories and New Woman magazines.
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