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An Incurable Insanity by Simi K. Rao

Friday, December 13, 2013

Her heart fluttered when she heard the sound of the key turn in the lock. She quickly adjusted her maroon silk sari with the yellow border, the one that had caught his eye, and waited eagerly for his footsteps.

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven... Yes, exactly seven steps before he stopped, hesitated for a few moments, then removed his shoes one by one and arranged them neatly side by side on the shoe rack.

She smiled. He had been mindful of taking his shoes off every day now. "I am not used to it, but I will if you want me to. It's probably a good thing to do anyway."

As he settled down, he would pick up the TV remote and, without looking at her, would say in his smooth baritone, "So how did you spend your day, anything interesting?"

Shaan Ahuja found himself bowing to tradition and agreeing to an arranged marriage to the beautiful Ruhi Sharma. He went through the motions but had no intention of carrying through on his vows. His last foray into matters of the heart with an American girl had left him scarred and unwilling to try again. Thoroughly disillusioned and disgruntled he wasted no time in making his intentions clear to Ruhi on their wedding night. But, he was completely unprepared for what his new wife had in mind.

Goodreads Summary

I was a little wary of this book.  I tend to like romances where everything is hunky-dory and turns out to be a happily ever after.  I liked how the author delved into arranged marriages to make it as realistic as possible.  Sometimes, it felt a little weird like I was watching someone's literal marriage.  I also didn't like how it seemed a little childish, at times.  The relationship between the Shaan and Ruhi was ok; I did like Ruhi's independent nature.

Shaan's character was not my favorite...he left behind a lover to marry Ruhi and it seemed like he still cared for his past love.  Ruhi was a good character; her headstrong ways made for good dialogue.  I did like how the relationship developed slowly and it wasn't "insta-love."  Ruhi had a lot of silly actions that I understood...but she had a lot I didn't understand.  Overall, this book turned out to be an interesting read!

3 1/2 Stars

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  1. Susan T. said...:

    Wow! Am I sure glad that we don't have arranged marriages in my family/culture! I am interested in how it works out though!

  1. Berenice said...:

    This one sounds interesting. I've never read a book that deals with arranged marriages. Great review. Thank you! =)