Friday, February 15, 2019

Review: The Matchmaker's List by Sonya Lalli

Title: The Matchmaker's List
Author: Sonya Lalli 
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publish Date: February 5, 2019
Source: Publisher

What's the Story?:

From "Raina Anand may have finally given in to family pressure and agreed to let her grandmother play matchmaker, but that doesn't mean she has to like it--or that she has to play by the rules. Nani always took Raina's side when she tried to push past the traditional expectations of their tight-knit Indian-immigrant community, but now she's ambushing Raina with a list of suitable bachelors. Is it too much to ask for a little space? Besides, what Nani doesn't know won't hurt her...

As Raina's life spirals into a parade of Nani-approved bachelors and disastrous blind dates, she must find a way out of this modern-day arranged-marriage trap without shattering her beloved grandmother's dreams."

My Two Cents:

In "The Matchmaker's List," all Raina wants is to be free to mend her still broken heart with Dev, the man who she thought would be her forever. Her beloved grandmother, Nani, has a different opinion and is committed to finding Raina a husband. Raina loves her grandmother and so she goes along with the plan while trying to forget Dev, who she still very much cares for. This was a sweet romance where new cultures meet and tussle with each other. Will Raina find true love? 

Raina is a great character. She is smart and fun. She knows her mind but is devoted to her grandmother. I really liked following her through this book. Nani is the real scene stealer here though. She loves Raina so much and wants her to be happy and she thinks the best way that she can do that is by getting her married to someone who Nani considers an eligible bachelor (and they are really all disasters). It was so funny to watch!

The writing was pretty good. The point of view changes from first person to third person throughout the book. This felt a little bit distracting. I really liked the chapters that Raina narrated. She has a great voice and I loved following her through all of the adventures in dating that her Nani sends her. 

Overall, this was an enjoyable read!


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