Kensington|June 26, 2012|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-7582-5885-4
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 bilogical 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.
Meena is thirty-one-years-old and still unmarried. Her mother is worried about the fact that she’s still single and that her biological clock is ticking away. Despite dating, Meena, just can’t seem to find the man of her dreams. Meena is just barely five feet tall but is very pretty and she thinks no man is going to want to marry a “midget.”
Working at a high-tech firm, Meena accidentally crashes into her boss, Prajay Nayak one day while on her way to a meeting and falls to the floor. Of course she is terrible embarrassed and people quickly crowd around her to find out if she is okay. Meena can barely hold the tears back for the pain in her ankle when suddenly the water begins dripping out of her eyes and down her cheeks as she says: “I think I broke my ankle!” Someone from the office runs downstairs to summons the doctor who works on another floor. He examines Meena and discovers her ankle isn’t broken but she has a bad sprain. He tells the people crowded around to carry her to a couch to lie down. Without hesitation, Prajay, who is over six feet tall, picks Meena up and carries her to his office and lays her on the couch. The doctor asks someone to get ice while he gives Meena some pain pills and writes out a prescription for her to get filled.
Meena didn’t realize how strong and nice her boss really was until that day and has fallen head over heels for him. After a short recovery period at home, Meena returns to work and Prajay asks her to come to his office after work as he wants to speak with her privately. Meena thinks she is going to get fired for being off work. However, Prajay has something completely different in mind. He wants Meena to write him some personal ads to place on the internet searching for the perfect girl to become his wife. He has some very specific instructions like she has to be at least six feet tall and well-educated. He tells Meena that he will pay her the regular consultants fee for doing this for him. Of course, Meena is devastated because SHE is in love with him but is afraid to tell him and now she must help him find the perfect wife! How in the world is she going to cope with that? While engaged in this duty for Prajay, Meena forces herself to date other men but just can’t get Prajay out of her mind and none of the men she dates measure up. What is she going to do?
This book clearly illustrates a young woman who is caught between her sense of duty and love. It was a great read and I would highly recommend it to other people.