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In her thought-provoking, uplifting new novel, Shobhan Bantwal vividly blends the nuances of contemporary Indian-American culture with an unconventional romance. . .
At thirty-one, Meena Shenoy has a fulfilling career at a New Jersey high-tech firm. Not that it impresses her mother and aunts, who make dire predictions about her ticking biological clock. Men are drawn to Meena's dainty looks and she dates regularly, but hasn't met someone who really intrigues her. Someone professional, ambitious, confident, caring. Someone like her new boss, Prajay Nayak.
Just as Meena's thoughts turn to romance, Prajay makes an astonishing request. He wants her to craft a personal ad that will help him find a suitable wife: a statuesque, sophisticated Indian-American woman who will complement his striking height.
Despite her attraction to Prajay and the complications of balancing work and her "marriage consultant" role, Meena can't refuse the generous fee. And as her family is thrown into turmoil by her brother's relationship with a Muslim woman, Meena comes to surprising realizations about love, tradition, and the sacrifices she will—and won't—make for the sake of both.
"One of the best [novels] I've read this year. I couldn't put it down. . .this book is a gem!" —Mary Monroe, New York Times bestselling author on The Unexpected Son
"Compelling and memorable." —Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author on The Forbidden Daughter
"Vivid, rich. . .expertly portrays a young woman caught between love and duty, hope and despair." —Anjali Banerjee on The Dowry Bride
"Dazzles you with a taste of Desi culture in America." —Caridad Piñeiro

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At thirty-one, Meena Shenoy has a fulfilling career at a New Jersey high-tech firm. Not that it impresses her mother and aunts, who make dire predictions about her ticking biological clock. Men are drawn to Meena's dainty looks and she dates regularly, but hasn't met someone who really intrigues her. Someone professional, ambitious, confident, caring. Someone like her new boss, Prajay Nayak.
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"One of the best [novels] I've read this year. I couldn't put it down. . .this book is a gem!" —Mary Monroe, New York Times bestselling author on The Unexpected Son
"Compelling and memorable." —Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author on The Forbidden Daughter
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        The last thing diminutive Meena Shenoy expected when she went to meet the CEO of her company was to run smack into him, sprain her ankle, and fall in love. Prajay Nayak lets her rest in his office and borrow his car; Meena thinks he’s sweet on her and is shocked when Prajay asks her to help him place an ad to find a well-educated and tall woman he could marry. Meena is furious that Prajay refuses to consider her as a prospect, even though they get along so well. They get hung up on each other’s looks to the point where the conflict feels contrived; hearing the same rant about the six-foot-tall Amazon gets tedious. Meena does at least try to move on instead of throwing herself a pity party. Bantwal (The Full Moon Bride) pairs their romance with her trademark taste of how Indian expatriates live in New Jersey, complete with family dynamics and tensions between different ethnic groups.

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