This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Mary Poser: Butterflies and White Lies as Bollywood Comes to Nashville by Angel A.
Genres: Humor, Womens Fiction
Release Date: August 21, 2017
Publisher: Angel's Leap
Format: ARC, E-book
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The recipe for a warm and humorous story...
In a modest bowl of Nashville, gently place a girl who is Country music, Bible belt, and a Steakhouse foodie.
Then add a surprise portion of exotic and handsome Anglo Indian, who is a passionate Bollywood director, vegetarian and Hindu.
Stir vigorously on a bed of intense attraction.
At first, the ingredients will seem to clash and separate.
Include a dollop of jealous boyfriend and a meddling mother.
Splash in a serving of fun and mischievous friends. Keep stirring...
Add a dash of crazy aunt and a minister father to keep the flavors working together.
Sprinkle in even more complicated family members to taste.
Cook on high emotions.
The secret ingredient that cuts through the sweetness is a final layer of shocking revelation that adds a surprising depth of flavor.
Finish with a twist of 'Oh My God! Is she really going to do that?'.
Serve as tasty bite-size chapters in a novel dish of mayhem and madness with a side of Country music and Bollywood dancing.
The first thing I must say is I love the play on words for this title. Spanish for butterfly: Mariposa and the Title: Mary Poser. Too cute! If that was never the intention well then, I think I am clever anyway. 🤣
Mary Poser is written as a conventional southern woman. She comes from a religious family with her father being the local Pastor. Her background has led her to be a people pleaser and has hindered her from having her own voice. Her little world is just that, very little. Until she casts her eyes upon Simha Das, he is everything unfamiliar to her and she likes it.
What starts out as friendship turns passionate and Mary is just not ready to accept the strong feelings that are unfamiliar to her. So, she retreats to her defenses and decides to take the familiar road for a while. Which leads her into making all sorts of reckless choices because her heart and her head are not in unison. It takes Mary a long time to figure out what she wants but once she does there is no holding her back.
The moments between Simha and Mary were sweet, sometimes uncomfortable and at other times insightful. That was just right. When first dating anyone especially when in uncharted territories so to speak there are always going to be those uncomfortable times. It made their connection to each other believable and downright romantic! Angel A. was also able to use Simha’s character to really explain the Hindu religion and his culture to the reading audience. Made what is a mystery to some understandable and approachable.
This was a culturally diverse novel which I loved! There is also a nice juxtaposition between Hinduism and southern Baptist Christianity. This book touches on social issues such as bigotry, racism, homosexuality, and inter-racial relationships to name a few. There is practically no stone left unturned. There are also insightful quotes at the beginning of the chapters that set the mood which was nice.
What did I not like? It seemed that many of the characters in this story were stock characters. They are easily identifiable because they are what most will consider to be stereotypical. The closest companions of the main character did not provide enough contrast so that we could get to know Mary better without her voice being the one that tells us what we need to know. I feel that different character types (dynamic, round, static) would have been just the ticket to make this story go from great to wow! The characters were diverse but they were stereotypical characters that represented that race or their social issue.
This is a cute story that has a plot that many people can connect to. There is plenty of humor, tenderness and a bit of sass throughout this book. You will have all the emotional feels that the Author intended and maybe even some thought-provoking moments. What I can say is that this novel is entertaining and will undoubtedly appeal to a wide reader audience.
*Thank you to NetGalley & Angel A. for this eARC of Mary Poser*