Welcome to Day Six of the Fairies, Myths, & Magic II Book Tour!

For Your Enjoyment:

* I’ll share a review of my favorite book from my host’s list.

* Something from or about Fairies, Myths, & Magic II (follow the link below).

Please leave a comment on my hosts’ sites, and your name will be entered into a drawing for a $15 Amazon.com gift certificate.

Come back daily to colleenmchesebro.com to find the links to my host’s blogs. This book tour runs from December 1 – December 16, 2022.

🎄 Day Six: Off we go! 🎄

Ritu Bhathal’s Blog: But I Smile Anyway

About the host:

Ritu and I have been blogging sisters on WordPress for years now. An accomplished author and poet, Ritu recently landed a publishing contract for her Rishtay series, featuring book one: Marriage Unarranged. She plans her second book in the series for a spring release date.

She’s also generous with her time, always supporting other authors and bloggers. I don’t know how she finds the time! She’s a marvel. ❤️

From Ritu’s About Page: “I am a working mum of 2, loving wife, daughter, sister, friend to many… I started this blog to just air views, and reminisce… feel the flava of the old school, if you know what I mean! It has evolved over the last few years into a space which I try to fill with positivity, humour, and heartfelt thoughts.”

Marriage Unarranged, (The Rishtay Series. Book 1) by Ritu Bhathal

My Recommendation:

Aashi is getting married! She envisions herself dressed in different bridal outfits, and she feels like a princess… until she turns up at Ravi’s house. The door is answered by Nishi, a drop-dead gorgeous co-worker of Ravi who leaves abruptly after Aashi’s arrival.

Aashi is a lovely young woman, the kind any man would be thrilled to marry. She’s a bit naïve, but still gives Ravi, the man of her dreams, the benefit of the doubt… until she discovers the empty condom box. His betrayal is a stab to her heart. She’s got nothing left except to explain to her parents and family the depth of Ravi’s betrayal.

Aashi battles the humiliation of a broken engagement by embarking on a new adventure in India accompanied by her brothers and best friend, Kiran. When the mysterious Arjun shows up, Aashi discovers a certain attraction that just won’t go away. Where will their relationship lead?

“Marriage Unarranged,” is a Hindi love story like no other. I found myself emersed in the culture of India, learning new Punjabi names for friends and family, including religious and cultural traditions. Did I forget to mention the food? How about the clothes? I was swept away by it all!

However, this book isn’t only about a young woman’s passage into adulthood. The author broaches many cultural taboos: broken engagements, children born out of wedlock, and homosexuality, all explored with kindness and acceptance.

Aashi’s parents (Harjit, her mother and Mohinder-ji, her father) only want what is best for their children. Are they equipped to go against cultural norms, all for the love of their family?

“Marriage Unarranged,” played out in my mind like a movie on the big screen. I smelled the incense, prayed at the Gurdwara with Aashi, caught the sparkle from the bangle bracelets for sale in the market; and I fell in love with the characters. I can’t wait to find out where the author takes us next!

Marriage Unarranged on Amazon.com

If you have a chance, head on over to join the Yule Blessings book tour for Fairies, Myths, & Magic II at Ritu’s blog: But I Smile Anyway

🎄Happy Yule!🎄