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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758258844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758258847
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #991,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Award-winning author Shobhan Bantwal calls her brand of fiction "Bollywood in a Book," romantic, colorful, action-packed tales, rich with elements of Indian culture - stories that both entertain and educate. To date, she has six novels published by Kensington Books and one anthology. Her debut book, The Dowry Bride, won The Golden Leaf Award in 2008. The Unexpected Son won the National Indie Excellence Award in 2012. Her short stories have won awards and honors in various fiction contests.

All her novels will soon become available in India and the Indian sub-continent since an Indian publisher has bought the rights recently. THE SARI SHOP WIDOW was released in India in Oct 2012 and has received great reviews. THE RELUCTANT MATCHMAKER and THE UNEXPECTED SON were released in 2013. Both have received wonderful reviews. THE FULL MOON BRIDE is expected to be released in the spring of 2014.

Visit her website at www.shobhanbantwal.com and her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ShobhanBantwal.author


Customer Reviews

Though he is upfront about his intentions at the outset, Soorya can't help falling in love with him.
Anonymous
Even though she was somewhat hesitant about certain topics, she was still a strong and smart character, and I enjoyed reading her story.
Samantha J
Love the main character and love how she tells us of tradition and how a woman raised in this country deals with it.
Sera

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Koch VINE VOICE on August 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Soorya Giri is a smart, educated, young woman. Soorya Giri went to college and became a lawyer. Though Soorya Giri may seem like she has everything, there is one thing that she desires more...a husband.

The Full Moon Bride is the latest novel from author, Shobhan Bantwal. If you like Indian culture and stories than you have to check this author out. I have been reading Mrs. Bantwal's books for a while. Each one brings something different to the table but almost always Mrs. Bantwal sticks to her roots of being raised in India and adds her influence to her books and characters. The women in each book are strong and independent. This is not something you would probably typically associate with the women of this country but being strong does not always mean being loud. I must admit that the last book I did not care for but this book is a step in the right direction again as to why I like this author.

After seeing how much trouble Soorya Giri went though to find a husband, she was almost better off having an arranged marriage. If she had, she would have avoided all the drama and losers she had to meet. Of course, if this had happened than I would not have gotten to know Soorya Giri as well as I did. As I was reading this book I could not help but notice how much detail Soorya Giri got when she explained things. Soorya Giri tells the story from her perspective. The Full Moon Bride is a book that you will say "I Do" to over again and again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Ramirez on October 19, 2012
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The dialogue is cheesy and the main character has no redeeming qualities. All she does is obsess about how ugly she is. It gets old after a while. She also doesn't have much of a personality...she's rude to anyone who comes near her. I got about halfway through before I gave up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Brown on February 28, 2012
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I enjoyed parts of The Full Moon Bride especially since I had just finished reading Keeping Corner by Kasmira Sheth. I wanted to continue with my exploration of light Indian lit...this was very light and fun. Although Ms. Bantwal including some realistic elements about the Hindu American experience, it did require significant suspension of disbelief. A major turn off for me was the way that the African American character, "Lou" was the stereotype of a Black man. There were several examples from the "tribal..." resonance of his voice tone to his ghetto upbringing, the aggression with which he hungered for her sexually and how his dead White wife was the first person to help him feel proud of his race. I tried to block out the parts with Lou in them which helped me enjoy the book more. It definitely had it's good moments and I'm a sucker for a happy ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samantha J on December 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Full Moon Bride by Shobhan Bantwal was the first Indian-culture book I have read, and I was fascinated by it. The heroine is Soorya Giri, a thirty-year old environmental lawyer who lives in New Jersey with her parents and grandmother--who desperately want her to be married. Arranged marriages are the norm in the Indian culture, but Soorya is appalled by them. Living in America, she has seen how other couples marry for love and not just tradition, and she wants the same for herself. When Soorya is introduced to Roger Vadepalli, she doesn't want to like him. He is arrogant and egotistical, but at the same time quite charming and intelligent, with dreams outside his tradition as well. But there is also Lou, a colleague who her family will not approve of, but who seems to enjoy Soorya's company as well. As Soorya faces these decisions, she realizes what it means to be independent from her family and how to finally find what is right for her.

First off, I think the cover is exquisite. Second, like I mentioned above, this was my first time trying out a book with an Indian heroine, and I would like to think I learned a lot from it. From the culture, traditions, food, roles of men and women, etc., there is a lot to take in. I thought Soorya was a fine heroine, someone who has obviously been very sheltered along her life by her family. Even though she was somewhat hesitant about certain topics, she was still a strong and smart character, and I enjoyed reading her story. Sometimes things did seem a bit old-school to me: Soorya being a thirty-year old virgin who absolutely cringes at the thought of sex, and the fact that she thought she couldn't flirt with Lou because he was black--but those were smaller details to me. The story as a whole was a welcome one, and I would recommend this book, especially if you have an interest in the Indian culture.

I received this book from the publisher for a review without compensation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Romero on November 26, 2011
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This is Ms. Bantwal's latest book and as with all her previous books, she delives a story all women can relate to as well as introducing us to more of the Indian culture, which is rich and colorful. Soorya is a 30 year old virgin who lives at home with her family, they are well off and Soorya's father is a prominent plastic surgeon and she is an environmental lawyer for a New York firm. She deals with low self esteem and an ongoing weight problem, which I can relate to. In India, most marriages are arranged and they have what is called bride viewing,Soorya agrees to this as she really wants to have a husband,home and family but after being rejected so many times she no longer feels this will happen and along comes Rajesh Vadepalli, he's a handsome, laid back young man. Soorya fears rejection and behaves in such a way that it would discourage anyone, she is also taken back by his remark about looking for a wealthy bride. So, despite his trying to get to know her, she puts up a wall, letting her fears take over. I finished this in one evening, I could not put it down. While the characters are Indian, all women can relate to Soorya's feelings about herself and the desires she has. You'll have to read the book to see how the story progresses, I don't want to give too much away. You will learn a bit about Indian culture and food and some of the dishes mentioned, I have eaten and I can tell you, they are wonderful. So, sit back and dive into a very good story as well as learning something of Indian culture and food, it's a journey you won't want to end.
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