Whenever I think of or crave milk chocolate, the Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar in particular, this amazing and delicious multicultural read by Sonali Dev, A BOLLYWOOD AFFAIR comes to mind. Mili Rathod, the heroine loves Hershey’s Milk Chocolate and I found myself wanting to enjoy the candy bar as I read along. Of Course, there are other delectable Indian dishes I wanted to try from the story, but for National Milk Chocolate day, this particular milk chocolate bar reminds me of this 5 heart story.
Here’s the Blurb of A Bollywood Affair:
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.
Praises for A Bollywood Affair:
“Deeply-felt emotions that will keep readers turning the pages.” –Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times bestselling author
“A delightful debut packed with complex characters and deep emotions.” —Shobhan Bantwal, author of The Dowry Bride
“Sonali Dev not only entertains but provides new insight into the human condition. A must-read.” –Mingmei Yip, author of Peach Blossom Pavilion
Lorelei’s Lit Lair Recommendation
I AB-SO-LUTE-LY LOVED -A BOLLYWOOD AFFAIR! I’d give it more than 2 thumbs up if I had extra hands! Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ blurb “Deeply-felt emotions that will keep readers turning the pages.” is spot on. I’ll add funny, witty, oh-so-romantic and with laugh of loud moments. Swoon! Samir is quite the Greek God. In the beginning I felt sorry for the guy, because I somehow got the feeling he isn’t prepared for how hard he’s gonna fall when he meets Mili. You just can’t help rooting for her throughout the story. Her innocence, personality and kindness are pure gold. Samir (Sam) will remain an unforgettable hero in my list of book boyfriends. The chemistry and banter between these two are amazing! A Bollywood Affair is definitely a reread for me. I couldn’t read it in one sitting due to other obligations, but it kept pulling me like a magnet, any minute I had to return and delight in Sam and Mili’s story. I skimmed through all the 4-5 star reviews on Amazon and they are honest to goodness genuine expressions of how I felt about the book. To Sonali Dev, Thank you for such a romantic and entertaining multicultural treasure!
Here’s another highly recommended book, The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev
Do you have other book recommendations of stories with Milk Chocolate in them? I’d love to hear about them!