Today I’m bringing to you a review for The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli!
I am a part of Penguin’s blog tour for this book, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to take part in it!
Thank you Penguin for sending this book my way!
Let’s jump into it!
Release Date: February 5th, 2019
Pages: 352 Pages
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Raina Anand may have finally given in to family pressure and agreed to let her grandmother play matchmaker, but that doesn’t mean she has to like it–or that she has to play by the rules. Nani always took Raina’s side when she tried to push past the traditional expectations of their tight-knit Indian-immigrant community, but now she’s ambushing Raina with a list of suitable bachelors. Is it too much to ask for a little space? Besides, what Nani doesn’t know won’t hurt her…
As Raina’s life spirals into a parade of Nani-approved bachelors and disastrous blind dates, she must find a way out of this modern-day arranged-marriage trap without shattering her beloved grandmother’s dreams.
This book hit very close to home for me. I am Indian and marriage is such an important topic in my life, especially to my traditional parents. I was born in Canada so I don’t really share the same values as my parents, and this always causes some big fights in our household. Seeing all of the things brought up in this book warmed my heart because it was such a real and honest representation of what me and so many other people go through in the world.
This book was such a fun take on the daily problems of an Indian household. We got to see old traditional values against Raina’s values. There were also some hilarious bits where we got to see how awful blind dates can be.
Raina was also such an incredible character to follow. She had so many qualities that made her perfect just the way she was, and she never stepped down from her beliefs, which I really found inspiring. Nani was the epitome of all Indian Nani’s. She was a strong willed woman who didn’t really take no for an answer, and that is so incredibly accurate for all Indian Nani’s.
The writing in this novel was a delight, it drew me in and had all the right aspects to make me continue reading.
All in all, I truly loved reading this book. It is so important to see representation in books, and recently I have been seeing so much Indian representation, it warms my heart. If you’re looking for another quirky, funny book that has a lot of heart I definitely think you should pick this book up.
That concludes my review for The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli!
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