Award-winning author Sonali Dev launches a new series about the Rajes, an immigrant Indian family descended from royalty, who have built their lives in San Francisco...
It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter be considered a black sheep.
Dr. Trisha Raje is San Francisco’s most acclaimed neurosurgeon. But that’s not enough for the Rajes, her influential immigrant family who’s achieved power by making its own non-negotiable rules:
· Never trust an outsider
· Never do anything to jeopardize your brother’s political aspirations
· And never, ever, defy your family
Trisha is guilty of breaking all three rules. But now she has a chance to redeem herself. So long as she doesn’t repeat old mistakes.
Up-and-coming chef DJ Caine has known people like Trisha before, people who judge him by his rough beginnings and place pedigree above character. He needs the lucrative job the Rajes offer, but he values his pride too much to indulge Trisha’s arrogance. And then he discovers that she’s the only surgeon who can save his sister’s life.
As the two clash, their assumptions crumble like the spun sugar on one of DJ’s stunning desserts. But before a future can be savored there’s a past to be reckoned with...
A family trying to build home in a new land.
A man who has never felt at home anywhere.
And a choice to be made between the two.
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About the Author
Award-winning author Sonali Dev writes Bollywood-style love stories that let her explore issues faced by women around the world while still indulging her faith in a happily ever after. Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs with her very patient and often amused husband and two teens who demand both patience and humor, and the world’s most perfect dog.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In this homage to Jane Austen’s seminal work, the themes of family, relationships, and marriage are played out in the Raje family who are a go-getters extraordinaire American Indian clan determined to make every American Dream come true. One daughter, Trisha, has achieved the pinnacle of success as a brilliant neurosurgeon, but because of a bad situation that harmed her brother in which she was involved in years before, Trisha feels an outsider to the family. Her brother, Yash, is heir apparent to the family’s royal Indian lineage and is the focus of all the family who want him to become an American prince of politics. Trisha has devoted her whole adult career to saving lives while living with guilt of those past weighty events. When she meets the brother of a patient, Emma Caine, whose life her skills hold in the balance, Trisha is overwhelmed with feelings she has never felt for anyone else. DJ “Darcy” Caine skills as a master chef engage every one of Trisha’s senses with an explosion of flavors and sensuosity she can barely believe. DJ and his sister have had a hard scrabble life, but have overcome much adversity to achieve excellence. DJ Caine and Trisha seem anything but compatible as the encounters leave both of them thinking the other to be insufferable and arrogant at the same time developing a blazing attraction that threatens to sear them both in its intensity. DJ Caine has been looked down on much of his life for his race and class so he is very sensitive to any perceived injustices. Being around Trisha reminds him of all the old hurts because not only is he desperate for his sister to live, he is also catering an extremely important political event for the Raje family. Trisha and DJ are two intense, driven, yet in some ways, deeply lonely people who have built up walls to protect themselves so that it takes quite a bit for them to overcome life’s caprices in order to realize to whom their hearts belong. Trisha’s very ambitious, large family is headed by a father dubbed HRH which gives an indication of his personality and control over them. He seems particularly harsh with Trisha and considering he is her superior at the hospital, this heightens the drama even more. Ms. Dev’s elegantly written story will take the reader on quite an emotional journey along with her characters. While not an exact retelling of Pride and Prejudice, similar passions are evoked and themes about love overcoming seemingly impossible situations while shining a light on what divides people whether it be class, culture, or perceived notions of suitability. Ms. Dev’s beautifully crafted words will have readers falling in love too along the way becoming immersed in her story and deeply craving the food and flavors of India she so deftly describes. I look forward to more adventures with this colorful, sometimes crazy, but very engaging family.
Sonali Dev's wonderful novel, Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors opens when Trisha Raje was thirteen years old, and her father took her to visit an orphanage in his native Sripore in India, his home country. She was so affected by the sight of blind children, when she returned home to California, she organized a mission of opthalmic surgeons from the San Fransciso area to work with doctors from the orphanage. Now Trisha is a well-respected, hard-working (and youngest) neurosurgeon at Stanford University. Trisha has to tell her newest patient, Emma Caine, that she believes that she can save Emma's life by removing a brain tumor that every other doctor has said will kill her. But the operation will leave Emma blind, something that Emma, a visual artist, will not accept. It's up to Emma's brother, Darcy James, better known as DJ, to convince her to have the operation. Trisha had an unfortunate first meeting with DJ at a dinner at her parents' palatial estate. DJ was catering the evening, and Trisha nearly knocked over a pot of caramel off the stove, causing DJ to burn his hands. DJ is hoping to get a job catering a fundraiser for Trisha's brother Yash, who is running for governor of California. Getting that job means that DJ will have money to help pay for his sister's medical bills. He left a great job working for a famous chef in Paris to come to California to be there for his sister, as they only have each other. Trisha and DJ are thrown together again and again, over Emma's illness and then when Trisha's sister asks her to work with DJ on the fundraiser. Even as both of them are working for a common cause the sparks and words fly, and of course it takes a long time for them to realize that they are attracted to each other. I really enjoyed Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors because it's more than a charming love story. Trisha's large family has a lot going on, from her sister Nisha hiding a secret from her husband, to her brother's political aspirations, to the reason behind Trisha's years long estrangement from her imperial father (it's a doozy and Dev teases out that storyline for a long time). Foodies will love it too, as there are so many fabulous descriptions of DJ's food. DJ's mother was Rwandan and his father was Anglo-Indian, but he learned to cook from the Indian woman who lived upstairs from his mom, sister and him growing up in London. Your mouth will water at DJ's steamed momos, dim sum biryani, California blue crab with bitter coconut cream, and his special dessert, Arabica bean gelato with dark caramel. It will have you running to the nearest Indian restaurant or your local bookstore to find an Indian cookbook to try your own hand at creating culinary masterpieces. Like Curtis Sittenfeld's novel, Eligible, Sonali Dev's Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors is a modern retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, and it brings a fresh take on a familiar classic of literature with its multicultural cast of characters. I loved getting to know them all and I highly recommend it.
I have to be honest: I have never read any of Jane Austen’s work. I have been meaning to, but there are so many books and so little time. So this lack, added to characters from a cultural background I am not completely familiar with, gave me a chance to explore a new venue in Women’s Literature, as well as discover a new author. Trisha and DJ were interesting characters, not always likeable, but definitely understandable. They are two people from opposite sides of the social spectrum with the attitudes to go with them, each dealing with family and the dynamics and issues that go along with them. There were so many layers to this novel that I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. The characters are fully formed and multi-dimensional and the story moves forward at a brisk pace. The family dynamics were fun and interesting, and then there is the food. The descriptions are amazing! I was starving the entire time I was reading this book. I would travel long distances if I could try these recipes. This novel was one to savor; I can’t wait to see more of the Raje family in the near future. #tallpoppywriters #bloomreads
I am in love with Sonali Dev. She is the only author I have ever read that bring the smells and favor of foods to her books and I cannot forget the Indian culture.. Yes I was craving Indian food by the time the book was over!! The details and the complicated relationships make this a must read. So exciting to see that this is the first book in a new series for Sonali Dev. Thank you Netgalley and Harper Collins for this ARC.
Well, I’m a complete sucker for anything P+P and I was excited to see how a different take played out. Love love loved Trisha and DJ. She’s smart and maybe a bit awkward. He’s gruff and sort of a marshmallow. Together, she’s the Darcy and he’s the Elizabeth and I was all over their arguing. This entire set of characters is fantastic. I loved her crazy large family and his sister. The loyalty of the family their dynamic was refreshing to read. Plot wise it was new and comfortable at the same time and the descriptions of the food were mouth watering. Of course the slow burn story telling is so effective in a P+P story like this and the added conflict with Julia was a bonus I wasn’t expecting. I seriously loved every aspect. Overall, Sonali took a well known story and made it something that is entirely hers. I was captivated from the first page and I would love to read more from this family. **Huge thanks to William Morrow for providing the arc free of charge**