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Length: 253 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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"...the greatest success of Rajakumar's novel is the emotional journey the reader takes via her rich characters... [her] deliciously tangled plot" offers "insight into life on the Persian Gulf."
--Kirkus Literary Review

About the Author

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a South Asian American who has lived in Qatar since 2005. She has since published seven e-books including a mom-ior for first time mothers, Mommy But Still Me, a guide for aspiring writers, So You Want to Sell a Million Copies, a short story collection, Coloured and Other Stories, and a novel about women's friendships, Saving Peace.
 
Her recent books have focused on various aspects of life in Qatar. From Dunes to Dior, named as a Best Indie book in 2013, is a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian American living in the Arabian Gulf. Love Comes Later was the winner of the Best Indie Book Award for Romance in 2013 and is a literary romance set in Qatar and London. 

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  • File Size: 2078 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008I4JJES
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,501 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar's award winning books have focused on various aspects of life in the Arabian Gulf nation of Qatar. From Dunes to Dior is a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian American living in the Arabian Gulf and named as Indie Book of the Day in 2013. Love Comes Later is a literary romance set in Qatar and London and was the winner of the Best Indie Book Award for Romance in 2013, short listed for the New Talent award by the Festival of Romance, and Best Novel Finalist in eFestival of Words, 2013. She currently lives with her family in Qatar, where she teaches writing and literature courses at American universities.

After she joined the e-book revolution, Mohana dreams in plotlines. Learn more about her work on her website at www.mohadoha.com or follow her latest on Twitter: @moha_doha.

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Reading Love Comes Later from Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar makes me acutely aware of the intricacies of Arab culture, in this case the culture of Qatar, a small and incredibly wealthy country in the Arab Gulf.

Love Comes Later tackles difficult subjects: multicultural romance between Muslim Arabs and Hindu Indians, arranged or orchestrated marriages, dowries, the stark gender differences in Qatar's culture, finding love amongst a culture that regards marriage as a transaction driven by tradition, finances, and nationalism.

The novel follows the stories of Abdulla and Hind, cousins engaged to be married, both less than willingly. Abdullah is a young widower opposed to a second marriage and Hind is searching for something outside of the limited boundaries of her arranged marriage. When Hind leaves for one year to finish a graduate program in London, her new friendship with Sangita and Ravi, Indians raised primarily in the United States, it becomes difficult for Abdulla and Hind to return to the life expected of them in Qatar. Complicating matters is the seriousness of a Qatari engagement -- effectively Abdulla and Hind are legally married when the engagement contract is signed by their families.

The strength in Rajakumar's writing is seen in the sections of the novel set in Qatar. She treats the handling of Arab traditions with care while providing an objective look into the paradox that can be found between the wealthy, technologically-rich Qatar and the conservative traditions and laws that still govern the nation. A small sub-plot involving memories of Abdulla and Hind's grandfather of a woman he once loved highlights the struggle to reconcile traditional and modern thought.
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Love Comes Later is about love, choices, culture, bigotry, family, tradition, religion, honesty, forgiveness and friendship, to name just a few. The story allows a Westerner to actually see and feel what it is like to be a Muslim, with strong family ties, living in Qatar. It portrays the universality of prejudice, masked by different faces in other parts of the world, and offers an eye-opening opportunity to walk in someone else's shoes. It is a very moving literary novel that I think will end up being a true classic. It has all the elements worthy of a novel that goes beyond mere entertainment, and leans toward education and enlightenment. For this reason, Love Comes Later will linger in my mind for a long time. The writing is beautiful, but not overwhelming. The story builds in suspense and I was unable to put it down. I think anyone who reads this will be truly surprised to find that they have found a treasure.
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I recieved a complimentary copy of this book from the author on Goodreads to read and review. This does not in any way effect my review.

Love Comes Later is the story of love, loss, culture, duty and family; the main character Abdulla is a product of his environment where the major components of his life, such as the decisions regarding marriage and children are being taken away from him, and becoming the agenda of the Elders and his community. But after the tragic loss of his wife and unborn child, Abdulla does not wish to follow the dictates of those clamoring around him. He initially no longer wants to remarry, to no longer be a pawn; but others interfere and once again, major parts of Abdulla's life is not his own; but as the story progresses, where Abdulla once believed love would no longer be a viable option for him, in an unexpected place, it finds him again...
I truly enjoyed this book. Love Comes Later is a well written, thought provoking read. I enjoyed the glimpse into Abdulla's culture, and Ms. Rajakumar is an exceptional storyteller; Love Comes Later is not an empty, frivolous tale; but one with depth and character
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'Love Comes Later' is one of those beautiful reads that springs itself on an unsuspecting reader unawares, with its incredible poignancy and depth of feeling and character. It stands alongside works by writers like Jhumpa Lahiri. The narrative sends the reader on an emotional rollercoaster that doesn't let up throughout the novel. A real find! Am definitely going to start reading through the Rajakumar back-catalogue, because her work is of an incredibly high calibre. I would recommend this novel to any reader who enjoys contemporary adult fiction.
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I really enjoyed reading Love Comes Later. It paints an insightful picture of a culture that is widely misunderstood and stereotyped, not only outside of Qatar but even by many of the expatriate residents here. Having had many Qatari clients in the five years I have lived and worked here, I can say that the story really reflects a lot of the challenges that they face every day. I also loved the subtle humour and the different perspectives offered. I read the whole book within three days, despite a busy schedule, as I spent every free minute reading it. Definitely worth a read!
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Part love story and part social commentary, Love Comes Later is the compelling tale of Abdullah and Hind, Qatari cousins whose families have arranged their marriage, but who strain against the conventions of their culture in their own ways. As their stories unfold, readers are given a glimpse into Qatari life, which is simultaneously hyper-modern and steeped in traditions centuries in the making. Love Comes Later touches on a host of difficult questions, the biggest -- can duty and happiness co-exist?
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