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.
I received an ARC through NetGalley for an honest review.
Mili hasn't set eyes on her husband since the day they were married when she was four years old and though she has been raised by her Naani (grandmother) to be a dutiful wife, something that she really does want to be, she also yearns for more for her life. Samir is a big shot Bollywood director, known for his good looks and playboy persona, is called upon by his brother, Mili’s husband, to help him get their marriage annulled. He accepts, but soon finds himself falling for Mili as well as confronting the demons from his past.
I requested this book based on a recommendation by an author who I hold in high esteem and I am very happy I did. A Bollywood Affair is a sweet, witty, fun and emotionally charge romance that sucks you in from the very first sentence. You become immersed in the culture, so if you aren't familiar with it you soon will be, and get a glimpse of how people can be from the same general geographic area but see the world in very different ways.