Saturday, 1 April 2017

MPOV: Mary Poser: Butterflies and White Lies as Bollywood comes to Nashville (e-ARC)

I've received this e-ARC from the author and Netgalley in return of my honest review. Thank you, Angela A, for giving me this opportunity to explore the Southern American culture!
My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 3.5/5
Expected publication: August 21st, 2017
Author: Angela A.
Genre: comedy, romance, contemporary fiction

The recipe for a warm and humorous story...

In a modest bowl of Nashville, gently place a girl who is Country music, Bible belt, and a Steakhouse foodie.
Then add a surprise portion of exotic and handsome Anglo Indian, who is a passionate Bollywood director, vegetarian and Hindu.
Stir vigorously on a bed of intense attraction.
At first, the ingredients will seem to clash and separate.

Keep stirring...

Include a dollop of jealous boyfriend and a meddling mother.
Splash in a serving of fun and mischievous friends.

Keep stirring...

Add a dash of crazy aunt and a minister father to keep the flavors working together.
Sprinkle in even more complicated family members to taste.
Cook on high emotions.
The secret ingredient that cuts through the sweetness is a final layer of shocking revelation that adds a surprising depth of flavor.
Finish with a twist of 'Oh My God! Is she really going to do that?'.
Serve as tasty bite-size chapters in a novel dish of mayhem and madness with a side of Country music and Bollywood dancing.

The above taken from Goodreads.

Similar to other chic-lit, this book is witty and funny with a dash of drama to spice up the momentum. As I have not read a chic-lit in ages, this came as a surprise as it was totally entertaining, having me giggling while commuting to and fro work! What I liked about this book is that it touches a lot on current human values and choices, it's so real though fiction but totally relevant.

I can stand in Mary's shoes easily, feeling her insecurity, her expected surroundings and her lack of self-confidence. Though dramatic in the book, the story unfolds how Mary rediscovered herself after having a near death experience and how she overcame it. I guess reading this at a time when I'm also a little down with negativity surrounding me was so unexpectedly expected. It truly hit me and opened my eyes!

Adding Bollywood into this was a genius in my books as it adds colour and flavour into the plots plus some inter-religion topics was a learning experience for me. I definitely learn more and find this refreshing.

Thanks Angel A for this lovely, entertaining book. Mind you, she has written very well that I can truly imagine it! Easy to understand prose yet straight to the point, I wonder if there would be a continuation of it... perhaps after Mary and Simha gotten married, have kids, etc... LOL!

Last but not least, upon Googling, I've discovered that there's actually a movie out last year for this! Written by Angel A herself and I guess she wanted to expand it into a book. Well, now I am searching for it, hoping the adaptation would be as entertaining as the book!

By the way, if you are interested, you can pre-order this book via Amazon... so go check it out!

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