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Recipe for Persuasion: A Novel de Sonali Dev
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Recipe for Persuasion: A Novel (2020 original; edició 2020)

de Sonali Dev (Autor)

Sèrie: The Rajes (2)

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Títol:Recipe for Persuasion: A Novel
Autors:Sonali Dev (Autor)
Informació:William Morrow Paperbacks (2020), 448 pages
Col·leccions:Llegit, però no el tinc
Etiquetes:2020, August 2020, POC/POC, Rom-com, Library, Series

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Recipe for Persuasion de Sonali Dev (2020)

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Packs A Ton Into Final Moments. The first 90% of this book is solid. Lots of drama over all kinds of secrets and misunderstandings, primarily between a couple that split over a decade ago and finds themselves thrust together when one of them decides to force their way into the other's life. But also lots of intergenerational drama between a mother and her daughter. But then that last 10% or so of the book... wow. If you like the various cooking reality shows, you're going to like this book from that angle, but there really is so much more here. Solid use of the old English source material (Jane Austen) brought into more modern contexts and even a much different specific cultural background... and then bringing even that background into yet another more modern setting. Long at nearly 500 pages, but never overly feels it. Very much recommended. ( )
  BookAnonJeff | Jul 11, 2021 |
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The "Persuasion" in the title refers to Jane Austen's Persuasion, as the conceit of this series is that each book in it features Indian American authors living a romance loosely tied to a Jane Austen plot. I didn't find as much similarity as I expected with Austen's work, although there were a few - the reentry into the heroine's life by an old love, a father who wouldn't have been particularly happy with the romance - although in Austen's work, the father is very much alive to disapprove, and in this work, he has been dead for quite some time. I had also thought that Wentworth was much older than Anne, in Persuasion, but it turns out that they were only four years apart. However, Ashna and Rico, our couple in Dev's work, are even closer in age.

Ashna owns a restaurant, which she has inherited from her father, a prince who moved to America and became a chef, making somewhat uninspired food, but coasting on his notoriety, as though Harry and Meghan had decided to take up cooking. Ashna was a soccer player in school, where her real passion lay, but her father wanted her to continue the family business, so when he died unexpectedly, she went to culinary school, breaking up with her boyfriend in a 19th century way - the kind where you unexpectedly cut contact, leaving the crucial things unsaid that would resolve the entire issue in the relationship. Her boyfriend, Rico, went on to become a soccer star, and they meet again when they are paired up on a Celebrity Masterchef-type show that Ashna enters as a way to save her failing restaurant.

If you like fluffy romantic comedies, the kind that were big in the '90s and 2000's, but seem to be straight to Netflix now (and I do like them, I think that's a shame - but it is the way the world has gone), this book is up your alley. The characters are sweet, and it will leave you craving Indian food and possibly some tea, after all the culinary descriptions. ( )
  AnnieHidalgo | Mar 28, 2021 |
This is the second book I've read by this author, and probably my last. I read A Distant Heart which I thought was okay but not great. That one is about a girl with a serious physical illness; this one is about a girl who needs counseling. Okay, it never says that in the story, but Ashni definitely needed to talk to a professional after the childhood she had.
The book is supposedly based on Persuasion by Jane Austen, but it really isn't even close to that story. Persuasion happens to be my favorite of Austen's books, and I also have read a lot of the various fanfic versions of her books. Like the other book by Ms. Dev that I've read, it's a very serious read. This one deals with alcoholism, marital rape, child abuse (mental), male patriarchy, and dysfunctional families. It is not especially romantic but more of a women's lit book.
Rico, the hero and famous soccer star, is all right, and some of the more minor characters seem okay, but Ashna is a horror as well as her mother and father. Why Rico is so determined to get involved with them again never made sense to me. There's was a high school romance but he should have moved on ten or more years later. She treated him pretty badly bad then and still does for most of the book.
Anyway, it's a depressing story that mixes in a lot of stuff. There are no surprises; every event is blatantly telegraphed to the reader (not to give any spoilers, but did anyone not get the constant blending of teas or the resolution to the political campaign?).
Anyway, that's the last book by this author I'll read. Definitely not for me. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Mar 12, 2021 |
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3.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

She was the one who couldn’t be the kind of daughter who made her mother want to stay. She was the daughter who wasn’t enough for her father to give up whatever it was he got from his scotch.

Recipe for Persuasion continues an intimate look into the lives of the Raje family members, an Indian royal family living in California who readers were introduced to in Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors. Newcomers could jump in here, as while past characters still remain a part of the story, this focuses on a different branch. Ashna is the daughter of the younger Raje son, a man who let being a prince and the indulgences of such a position lead him to more selfish and easier decisions, choices that greatly affected Ashna's childhood and turned her into an extremely closed off and dealing with depression and anxiety induced by PTSD now adult. Ashna met Rico when they were in highschool and the two secretly dated for two years before there was a major blow-out involving her father. Twelve years later, Rico decides that he wants at least some closure with Ashna and decides to get on the reality cooking show “Cooking With the Stars” where Ashna will be competing as a chef.

She was with him even when she wasn’t with him.

The beginning sets up our characters with Ashna still reeling and dealing with the fallout of her alcoholic father's suicide twelve years earlier. To escape after the suicide, Ashna went to culinary school in Paris, leaving her father's restaurant, Curried Dreams, in the hands of employees who in turn embezzled money and has her still trying to stave off bankruptcy. While Ashna's intensely private and gets severe panic attacks whenever she tries to alter her Baba's (father) recipes, severely hampering her cooking ability, another fight with her mother has her agreeing to be on the show.

We get less of an in depth look at Rico's life, currently, he's just retired from being a star football (soccer) player and musing over the fact he is godfather to more than one ex-girlfriend's children. He lost his parents young and while his mother was his father's mistress, they loved each other and he had a happy childhood. There's some drawing out, in regards to the pain he felt as a child over his father never really being able to claim him publicly, through Ashna wanting to keep their relationship secret in highschool and feeling like she choose her father over him, to give his character's emotions some depth. However, he's more to the side and why I'm not sure I'd fully call this genre romance but more of a mashup of women's fiction and, what I call, literary romance.

Have you ever thought about what it means to hide what’s important to you from those you love?

What isn't immediately apparent but instead is slowly, onion layers peeled away, is that the main relationship of the story isn't about romantic love but mother and daughter. Most of the first half showcases Ashna's point-of-view of how her fierce advocate for girl and women's rights mother, Shoban, constantly abandoned her and how that made her feel unloved and unwanted. The second half gives readers Shoban's side of the story, with flashbacks and her current thoughts and feelings. Shoban's character came very close to stealing the show, if not doing so at times, and I found myself almost wishing this was her story.

She’d finally listen.

If you're going into this strictly for the romance, you'd end up missing what makes Sonali Dev's writing so beautifully piercing at times; the profound way it speaks family relationships and how quietly devastating and loving they can be. Ashna's aunt, Mina, calmly speaks this to Ashna:“I like to believe we changed things at least a little, your mother more than me. But in this changed world, you girls can’t seem to see how it was for us. You can’t see our obstacles because we removed them for you. And now you get to judge us from a perspective that we weren’t lucky enough to enjoy.”. It is a fairly quick moment but has such power when Ashna relates it to her mother.

“Do you mean it?” Her voice was a whisper.
He swallowed, his thickly stubbled jaw tightening. “Mean what?”
“Everything you say to me with your eyes?”

Along with the poignant writing, I took delight in some of the little details, like how Dev continues with her Jane Austen tie-ins. As you can guess by the title, Ashna and Federico 's second chance love story is inspirit of Anne and Frederick from Persuasion. The closeness of their names is cute but the hashtag that grows from fan's love of the pair on the reality cooking show, #Ashico, “which when said out loud sounded far too much like the Hindi word ashiquo which, disastrously enough, meant “lovers.””, is a perfect book's cultural little tie-in bow.

While I didn't quite get all I needed from Rico and his relationship with Ashna, this story was more about the forest than the trees for me. The overarching look at how familial relationships shape and define us and how that leads us to shape and define our own relationships. Dev's writing always has a beating heart underneath it that never fails to move and connect with me some way, I'm looking forward to going on the next emotional journey with the Raje family. ( )
  WhiskeyintheJar | Nov 9, 2020 |
Just like the first book in the series, this was way too long and whiny. Even less seemed to happen in this installment, and it the reveals just didn't require that much build-up. If there's a third installment, I won't bother reading it. ( )
  joyblue | Nov 4, 2020 |
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