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Love Comes Later [Kindle Edition]

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"...a deliciously tangled plot and insight into life on the Persian Gulf."
Kirkus Review

When newlywed Abdulla loses his wife and unborn child in a car accident,
the world seems to crumble beneath his feet. Thrust back into living in
the family compound, he goes through the motions--work, eat, sleep,
repeat. Blaming himself for their deaths, he decides to never marry
again but knows that culturally, this is not an option. Three years
later, he's faced with an arranged marriage to his cousin Hind, whom he
hasn't seen in years. Hard-pressed to find a way out, he consents to a
yearlong engagement and tries to find a way to end it. What he doesn't
count on, and is unaware of, is Hind's own reluctance to marry.

Longing
for independence, she insists on being allowed to complete a master's
degree in England, a condition Abdulla readily accepts. When she finds
an unlikely friend in Indian-American Sangita, she starts down a path
that will ultimately place her future in jeopardy.

The greatest success
of Rajakumar's novel is the emotional journey the reader takes via her
rich characters. One cannot help but feel the pressure of the culturally
mandated marriage set before Hind and Abdulla. He's not a real Muslim
man if he remains single, and she will never be allowed freedoms without
the bondage of a potentially loveless marriage. It's an impossible
situation dictated by a culture that they still deeply respect.

Rajakumar pulls back the veil on life in Qatar to reveal a glimpse of Muslim life rarely seen by Westerners.


Editorial Reviews

Review

"...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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  • Language: English
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic July 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read...story with character and depth! July 28, 2012
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unforgettable Novel July 29, 2012
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Format:Kindle Edition
'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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and easy to read July 31, 2012
By Carolin
Format:Kindle Edition
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE COMES LATER October 6, 2013
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I LIKED EVERYTHING. I WISH THERE WAS A CONTINUATION. PLEASE WRITE A PART TWO. I WOULD LIKE THAT EVEN BETTER.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love: Breaks Us, Binds Us or Both? July 11, 2012
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this story and I was not ready for it to end. Definitely a good buy.
Published 1 month ago by Sonya Maffett
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
This was a look into a different world of collided cultures and traditions. An exciting love story worth the read.
Published 2 months ago by New Reader
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not finish
Did not appeal to me therefore I chose to return without finishing. Style of writing did not keep me interested.
Published 3 months ago by Libby
2.0 out of 5 stars just a different culture, but nothing else in the book
This book is interesting just because it shows a different culture for europeans but characters and action is not well worked,
Published 4 months ago by S. J. Villar
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging love story set in Qatar.
In the prologue to the story, Abdulla's wife and unborn child are killed in a car accident. Three years later, his family decides it's time for him to get married again and fulfill... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lil Magill
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading
Well written.
Un-biased.
Truthful.
I lived in Qatar and I can relate to the story.
I am going to read more books by this author.
Published 5 months ago by Wadih Deaibes
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT READ
This was my first reading from this author. I enjoyed it so much I immediately purchased The Dohmestics and cant wait for a free moment to get started on it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Yolanda Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Enjoyed reading this book...beautifully written and impressive...easy to understand...Good job done by author...like to recommend for reading a good book like this
Published 5 months ago by Ashish
5.0 out of 5 stars Mohana is a great author
Mohana did a great job creating characters that are intriguing. It was neat getting a glimpse into the Muslim and Doha culture.
Published 6 months ago by Matthew Dabbs
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
It was a good story about genuine events that actually happen in these countries. And I like the way that the book is written. It keeps your interest
Published 7 months ago by Jan Karen
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More About the Author

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a writer who has lived in Qatar since 2005. She has a PhD from the University of Florida with a focus on gender and postcolonial theory. Her dissertation project was published as Haram in the Harem (Peter Lang, 2009) a literary analysis of the works of three Muslim women authors in India, Algeria, and Pakistan. She is the creator and co-editor of five books in the Qatar Narratives series, as well as the Qatari Voices anthology which features essays by Qataris on modern life in Doha (Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, 2010). Her research has been published in numerous journals and anthologies.

She was the Associate Editor of Vox, a fashion and lifestyle magazine based in Doha and a winner of the She Writes We Love New Novelists competition. She has been a regular contributor for Variety Arabia, AudioFile Magazine, Explore Qatar, Woman Today, The Woman, Writers and Artists Yearbook, QatarClick, Expat Arrivals, Speak Without Interruption and Qatar Explorer. She hosted two seasons of the Cover to Cover book show on Qatar Foundation Radio.

Currently Mohana is working on a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian American living in the Arabian Gulf and a novel based in Qatar. She believes words can help us understand ourselves and others. Catch up on her latest via her blog or follow her on Twitter @moha_doha.

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