I loved this Pride and Prejudice retelling. From the line, “Because while it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single Muslim man must be in want of a wife, there’s an even greater truth: To his Indian mother, his own inclinations are of secondary importance,” to the very end of this romance, I loved every second of the story. Of course there were dramatic moments, there were unnecessary scenes, but part of the enjoyement comes from the drama and the absurdity of it all, because isn’t that how we as people interact? Are we not emotional creatures who do not always follow logical paths through life?
I loved how closely this story mimicked Jane’s story with Mr. Darcy, and yet how different the two were. This story was a perfect modern retelling, in that it felt true to form and yet jeopardized nothing about how a modern romance would go. I thoroughly appreciated the how the Muslim elements intertwined so beautifully in life, work, and romance to create a tale that blew me away in both its dramatic moments and it’s juxtaposition to reality.
Khalid and Ayesha are so brutally honest with each other, to the point of almost being rude, however they both appreciate the honesty coming from each other. Their honesty is genuine, and in the end it’s what brings them together. They are stronger because they can trust one another to take the time to speak the truth. They challenge each others’ world views, for the better.
I received a copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.