The Reluctant Matchmaker by Shobhan Bantwal
Review written by Joyce A. Anthony
An author who has written several books walks a very thin line. She must strive to keep some semblance of the elements her readers have come to expect, yet provide them with something different enough to keep them coming back. This line is a very thin one—too much difference leaves readers feeling cheated while more of the same old thing makes them wonder why they should spend money on what is basically the same book written with different characters. With The Reluctant Matchmaker Shoban Bantwal has given her readers a book very much unlike her previous ones; whether enough of the voice we have come to love comes through will be up to her readers.
Meena is your typical American girl that is – if she is from an Indian family. Ms. Bantwal gently weaves Indian and American culture into a tapestry that allows readers to experience them both. Meena is well educated and working at a good job, yet her hopes are on marrying before she’s considered “too old”. After running into the CEO of her company, literally, Meena’s heart is set on him. His interest in her involves marriage, but it is a marriage that does not include Meena. He wants her to write marriage ads and help him find a wife he deems suitable. Pushing the hurt aside, Meena sets out to find him the perfect wife. Will he realize before it is too late that the perfect wife is right in front of him?
Shobhan’s regular readers will enjoy having a lighter book added to their summer reading, while at the same time enjoying the easy-flowing style that allows Ms. Bantwal’s characters to find a place around your kitchen table. I have found her characters so true-to-life that it is like saying goodbye to an old friend when you finish a book. In the case of The Reluctant Matchmaker, you can hold onto their company a bit longer, as she has included a Reader’s Guide, which makes this perfect for book clubs everywhere. I see yet another audience for this book that I did not see in her others, lovers of romance novels.
The Reluctant Matchmaker doesn’t fall into the erotic, I hope my kid doesn’t find this category, yet it also bypasses the sweet romance of immediate love that is destined to last an eternity. The romance in this book matches reality more than other books. Shobhan gives us characters who don’t follow a straight line from meeting to the alter, but instead weave into and out of each other’s lives so much you begin to wonder where it is going to end.
If you are looking for a lighter read to relax with after a long day, or take on vacation, this is for you. If you love your romance novels and have never had a chance to lose yourself in Shobhan’s books, this is a good chance to check out her books, and add another author to your list of favorites. Finally, if you are a book club looking for the perfect summer read, take a look at The Reluctant Matchmaker—I believe you will agree you have found your next book.
For more information: about The Reluctant Matchmaker and Shobhan Bantwal’s other books, visit http://www.shobhanbantwal.com or http://www.amazon.com/The-Reluctant-Matchmaker-Shobhan-Bantwal/dp/0758258852 to get your copy today. The full virtual tour schedule is available at: http://bookpromotionservices.com/2012/06/03/reluctant-matchmaker-tour