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The Henna Artist

In The Henna Artist, author Alka Joshi introduces readers to a smart, independent-minded heroine, struggling to gain independence in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Lakshmi Shastri makes her living creating beautiful henna designs on the skin of some of the city's wealthiest women. It's a ...

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Of Curses and Kisses

Sandhya Menon opens a brand-new series of fairytale retellings centered around an elite academy with a magical secret with Of Curses and Kisses, a lovely re-take of Beauty and the Beast. Book-loving Rajkumari Jaya Rao of the Imperial House of Mysuru enters St. Rosetta’s International Academy in ...

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Of Curses and Kisses

Sandhya Menon breathes new life into the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale with her diversely cast Of Curses and Kisses. The author’s humor creates a nice balance to her look at serious issues like teen loneliness and parental expectations in this fun YA novel. The Emersons and Raos  are the Eng ...

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The Object of Your Affections

Falguni Kothari's The Object of Your Affections isn't an easy book to define. It's the story of best friends who embark on a journey that will change their lives in unimaginable ways. It's a quiet story that focuses on the inner development of its characters rather than on the high drama that fills ...

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The Secrets Between Us

Thrity Umrigar's The Secrets Between Us is one of those books I want to shout about from the rooftops. I want everyone to experience the depth and beauty of the author's writing, the power of which moved me to tears on several occasions. It's not a book that is designed to make readers happy, but th ...

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Not Quite a Husband (#14 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on June 12, 2009 If you want to read Sherry Thomas's third novel, Not Quite a Husband, choose a moment when you have some time to yourself, because this is a book not so much to devour, but to savor at leisure, like a glass of excellent wine. A short ...

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The Duke of Shadows

I read The Duke of Shadows for the first time some years ago – before I started reviewing – and I remember being blown away by the quality of the writing, the richness of the setting and the passion and intensity of the romance.  I don’t get much time for re-reading these days, but I decided ...

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The Duke of Shadows (#68 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March 23, 2008 As those who love historical romance know all too well, the landscape these days is littered with wallpaper. The Duke of Shadows, written by the winner of the Gather.com romance first chapter contest, aspires to be – is being promoted ...

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Like a Love Song

I read Like a Love Song from cover to cover and I am still not completely sure what it is about. It’s certainly not a love story; it’s kind of about baking; it’s sort of a coming-of-age story, but is not fully any of those. Let me explain. When we first meet Maahi, she’s a depressed unive ...

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Discovery of Desire

Susanne Lord impressed me last year with her début novel, In Search of Scandal, in which she crafted a strongly characterised, well-developed and angsty romance between a couple who were just a bit out of the ordinary.  I have therefore been eagerly awaiting her follow-up novel, in which one of th ...