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About Sonali Dev
Sonali's novels have been on Library Journal, NPR, Washington Post and Kirkus Best Books of the year lists. She has won the American Library Association's award for best romance, the RT Reviewer's Choice award for best contemporary romance, the RT Seal of Excellence, and is a RITA Finalist.
Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs with her very patient and often amused husband and two teens who demand both patience and humor, and the world's most perfect dog. Find out more at sonalidev.com.
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From the author of Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors comes another , clever, deeply layered, and heartwarming romantic comedy that follows in the Jane Austen tradition—this time, with a twist on Persuasion.
Chef Ashna Raje desperately needs a new strategy. How else can she save her beloved restaurant and prove to her estranged, overachieving mother that she isn’t a complete screw up? When she’s asked to join the cast of Cooking with the Stars, the latest hit reality show teaming chefs with celebrities, it seems like just the leap of faith she needs to put her restaurant back on the map. She’s a chef, what’s the worst that could happen?
Rico Silva, that’s what.
Being paired with a celebrity who was her first love, the man who ghosted her at the worst possible time in her life, only proves what Ashna has always believed: leaps of faith are a recipe for disaster.
FIFA winning soccer star Rico Silva isn't too happy to be paired up with Ashna either. Losing Ashna years ago almost destroyed him. The only silver lining to this bizarre situation is that he can finally prove to Ashna that he's definitely over her.
But when their catastrophic first meeting goes viral, social media becomes obsessed with their chemistry. The competition on the show is fierce…and so is the simmering desire between Ashna and Rico. Every minute they spend together rekindles feelings that pull them toward their disastrous past. Will letting go again be another recipe for heartbreak—or a recipe for persuasion…?
In Recipe for Persuasion, Sonali Dev once again takes readers on an unforgettable adventure in this fresh, fun, and enchanting romantic comedy.
Award-winning author Sonali Dev launches a new series about the Rajes, an immigrant Indian family descended from royalty, who have built their lives in San Francisco...
It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter be considered a black sheep.
Dr. Trisha Raje is San Francisco’s most acclaimed neurosurgeon. But that’s not enough for the Rajes, her influential immigrant family who’s achieved power by making its own non-negotiable rules:
· Never trust an outsider
· Never do anything to jeopardize your brother’s political aspirations
· And never, ever, defy your family
Trisha is guilty of breaking all three rules. But now she has a chance to redeem herself. So long as she doesn’t repeat old mistakes.
Up-and-coming chef DJ Caine has known people like Trisha before, people who judge him by his rough beginnings and place pedigree above character. He needs the lucrative job the Rajes offer, but he values his pride too much to indulge Trisha’s arrogance. And then he discovers that she’s the only surgeon who can save his sister’s life.
As the two clash, their assumptions crumble like the spun sugar on one of DJ’s stunning desserts. But before a future can be savored there’s a past to be reckoned with...
A family trying to build home in a new land.
A man who has never felt at home anywhere.
And a choice to be made between the two.
“A rising talent.” —Booklist
Dr. Nikhil 'Nic' Joshi had it all—marriage, career, purpose. Until, while working for Doctors Without Borders in a Mumbai slum, his wife, Jen, discovered a black market organ transplant ring. Before she could expose the truth, Jen was killed.
Two years after the tragedy, Nic is a cruise ship doctor who spends his days treating seasickness and sunburn and his nights in a boozy haze. On one of those blurry evenings on deck, Nic meets a woman who makes a startling claim: she received Jen’s heart in a transplant and has a message for him. Nic wants to discount Jess Koirala’s story as absurd, but there’s something about her reckless desperation that resonates despite his doubts.
Jess has spent years working her way out of a nightmarish life in Calcutta and into a respectable Bollywood dance troupe. Now she faces losing the one thing that matters—her young son, Joy. She needs to uncover the secrets Jen risked everything for; but the unforeseen bond that results between her and Nic is both a lifeline and a perilous complication.
Delving beyond the surface of modern Indian-American life, acclaimed author Sonali Dev’s page-turning novel is both riveting and emotionally rewarding—an extraordinary story of human connection, bravery, and hope.
Praise for Sonali Dev and Her Novels
“Sonali Dev is a gifted writer who creates characters that capture the heart… I can’t wait for Sonali’s next book.” —Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author
“Exquisitely written... A bright, beautiful gem.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, on The Bollywood Bride
“Dev's prose captures the rich and unique beauty of Indian culture while telling a story that is complex, culturally accurate, and full of emotion.” —Booklist on The Bollywood Bride
“Vibrant and exuberantly romantic…chock full of details that refle
Mili Rathod hasn’t seen her husband in twenty years—not since she was promised to him at the age of four. Yet marriage has allowed Mili a freedom rarely given to girls in her village. Her grandmother has even allowed her to leave India and study in America for eight months, all to make her the perfect modern wife. Which is exactly what Mili longs to be—if her husband would just come and claim her.
Bollywood’s favorite director, Samir Rathod, has come to Michigan to secure a divorce for his older brother. Persuading a naïve village girl to sign the papers should be easy for someone with Samir’s tabloid-famous charm. But Mili is neither a fool nor a gold-digger. Open-hearted yet complex, she’s trying to reconcile her independence with cherished traditions. And before he can stop himself, Samir is immersed in Mili’s life—cooking her dal and rotis, escorting her to her roommate’s elaborate Indian wedding, and wondering where his loyalties and happiness lie.
Heartfelt, witty, and thoroughly engaging, Sonali Dev’s debut is both a vivid exploration of modern India and a deeply honest story of love, in all its diversity.
“A delightful debut packed with complex characters and deep emotions.” —Shobhan Bantwal, author of The Dowry Bride
“Sonali Dev not only entertains but provides new insight into the human condition. A must-read.” --Mingmei Yip, author of Peach Blossom Pavilion
Ria Parkar is Bollywood's favorite Ice Princess--beautiful, poised, and scandal-proof--until one impulsive act threatens to expose her destructive past. Traveling home to Chicago for her cousin's wedding offers a chance to diffuse the coming media storm and find solace in family, food, and outsized celebrations that are like one of her vibrant movies come to life. But it also means confronting Vikram Jathar.
Ria and Vikram spent childhood summers together, a world away from Ria's exclusive boarding school in Mumbai. Their friendship grew seamlessly into love--until Ria made a shattering decision. As far as Vikram is concerned, Ria sold her soul for stardom and it's taken him years to rebuild his life. But beneath his pent-up anger, their bond remains unchanged. And now, among those who know her best, Ria may find the courage to face the secrets she's been guarding for everyone else's benefit--and a chance to stop acting and start living.
Rich with details of modern Indian-American life, here is a warm, sexy, and witty story of love, family, and the difficult choices that arise in the name of both.
Tasked at fourteen years old with supporting his family, Rahul Savant shows up to wash Kimi’s windows, and an unlikely friendship develops across the plastic curtain of her isolation room. As years pass, Rahul becomes Kimi’s eyes to the outside world—and she becomes his inspiration to better himself by enrolling in the police force. But when a life-saving heart transplant offers the chance of a real future, both must face all that ties them together and keeps them apart.
As Kimi anticipates a new life, Rahul struggles with loving someone he may yet lose. And when his investigation into a black market organ ring run by a sociopathic gang lord exposes dangerous secrets that cut too close to home, only Rahul's deep, abiding connection with Kimi can keep her safe—and reveal the true meaning of courage, loss, and second chances.
Infused with the rhythms of life in modern-day India, acclaimed author Sonali Dev’s candid, rewarding novel beautifully evokes all the complexities of the human heart.
Praise for Sonali Dev and A Change of Heart
“In Dev’s seductive and complex story of love lost and then found, one layer of mystery leads to the next. . . . Will hold a permanent place in readers’ hearts.”
–Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
“Dev deftly navigates the complex themes of bereavement, motherhood, and how the culture of India exists in America. . . . This is stunning all around.” –Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
“Mystery, adventure, and romance are spiced with Bollywood glamour in this heart-stopping novel…. Riveting.” --Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
At times whimsical and laugh-out-loud funny (Jacquie D’Alessandro’s "Donny & Me?", Nikoo and Jim McGoldrick’s "Soul Mates for a Thousand Lifetimes"), at others poignant and bittersweet (Elf Ahearn’s "A Lost Friend, A Movie Star, A Man to Love Forever"), all unfailingly inspiring (Lisa Renée Jones’s "Unexpected Treasures"; Deanna Raybourn’s "Once in a Blue Moon"), each essay celebrates that most powerful and sacred of human bonds. Love. Net sales support Women in Need (www.winnyc.org), a NYC charity that transforms the lives of homeless women and their children.
• Deanna Raybourn
• Lisa Renée Jones
• Jacquie D’Alessandro
• May McGoldrick
• Julie. Kenner
• Katharine Ashe
• Delilah Marvelle
• Leslie Carroll
• Elf Ahearn
• Carole Bellacera
• Caryn Moya Block
• Katana Collins
• Sonali Dev
• Megan Frampton
• Leanna Renee Hieber
• Jen McLaughlin
• Suzan Cólon
• Donna Grant
• Mary Rodgers
• Kat Simons
• Hope Tarr
• Patience Bloom
• Elisabeth Staab
• Carlene Love Flores
• K.M. Jackson
• Heather McCollum
• Cindy Nord
• Sara Jane Stone
Ria Parkar es la princesa de hielo favorita de Bollywood: bella, lista y a prueba de escándalos… hasta que una acción impulsiva amenaza con exponerla a su destructivo pasado. El viaje a Chicago para asistir a la boda de su prima le ofrece la oportunidad de huir de la tormenta mediática y encontrar paz entre su familia. Pero eso significa también enfrentarse a Vikram Jathar.
Ria y Vikram pasaron juntos los veranos de su infancia, lejos de la elegante escuela de Mumbai a la ella que asistía. Su amistad creció para convertirse en amor… hasta que Ria tomó una decisión tajante. Por lo que a Vikram concierne, ella vendió su alma por la fama y a él le ha costado años rehacer su vida. Pero bajo su rabia reprimida, existe un lazo de unión todavía intacto. Y ahora, de entre todos los que la conocen bien, Ria debe encontrar el valor de enfrentarse a los secretos que ella ha estado ocultando para beneficiar a otros y la oportunidad de dejar de actuar y empezar a vivir de verdad.
«Una voz nueva y refrescante». Susan Elisabeth Phillips, autora de best sellers de The New York Times
«Una historia vívida, conmovedora y deliciosa acerca del poder del primer amor narrada con un estilo poético e imponente. Sonali Dev es única en su género». Kristan Higgins, autora de best selles de The New York Times
Hace veinte años que Mili Rathod no ve a su marido; es decir, desde que tenía cuatro y la prometieron con él. Aún así, el hecho de estar casada le ha proporcionado una libertad de la que pocas jóvenes gozan en su pueblo. Su abuela incluso le permitió dejar la India para irse a estudiar a los Estados Unidos durante ocho meses, para convertirla así en la perfecta esposa moderna. Y eso es lo que ella, precisamente, querría ser… si su marido viniera a buscarla.
El reconocido director de cine de Bollywood, Samir Rathod acaba de llegar a Michigan para gestionar los papeles del divorcio de su hermano mayor. Después de todo, el hecho de persuadir a una inocente muchacha de pueblo para que los firme debería resultar fácil para alguien con su encanto. Pero Mili no es ni una tonta ni tampoco una cazafortunas… Y tal vez sea… ¿el amor de su vida?
«Por las profundas emociones que despierta, los lectores no podrán dejar de leer» Susan Elisabeth Phillips, autora de Best Sellers del New York Times.
«Es todo muy romántico y me hizo sonreír y llorar. Una de las mejores novelas que he leído este año.» USA Today
SOBRE EL LIBRO:
1. Finalista del premio RITA 2015 a la mejor novela de autor novel en la categoría de novela romántica contemporánea.
2. Ganadora del premio 2015 a la mejor novela romántica por la American Library Association.