Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Retelling, Romance
Publication Date: May 7, 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
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.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors is a modern Pride and Prejudice retelling. It’s definitely easy to tell that this novel is inspired by Pride and Prejudice, but is also it’s own story. What initially drew me to the story is that the typical roles are switched. Trisha is a super wealthy neurosurgeon who has a lot of pride in her family and what she’s accomplished. DJ comes from a lower SES family, is a chef, and has a lot of prejudices about Trisha because she’s very wealthy and comes across as rude.
“When she pulled out of the Ancohorage gates, she felt a little bit worse and a little bit better than she had when she got here. Maybe that was the true meaning of going home.”
I stayed up until FOUR IN THE MORNING reading this book because I loved it so much and couldn’t put it down. This is definitely one of my favorite books of 2019, and I cannot wait to reread this.
Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors follows Trisha, a neurosurgeon who has a patient with a brain tumor that needs to be removed. The patient’s brother is DJ, a chef who has been catering Trisha’s family events so he can make enough money to cover his sister’s hospital bills. The two characters are in constant contact with each other and constantly finding reasons to dislike the other person. Like the OG Pride and Prejudice, their relationship slowly goes from hate to love, and I loved it so much.
Not only was the slow burn romance A+, but there were so much social commentary about race, colorism, acculturation, and wealth. This wasn’t thrown at you, but weaved so naturally into the story, and really added to my reading experience.
“Guilt is a waste of time. The fact that you have the things you have isn’t wrong. Not understanding what you have is.”
Both Trisha and DJ are passionate about their careers, and it is so easy to tell by the way each character talks and thinks about their career. I especially loved how beautifully DJ talked about and described his food throughout the novel. Everytime food was mentioned I started craving whatever it was he made. I also really loved reading about how DJ’s food made Trisha feel. This was definitely something that connected the two characters together.
“It had only intensified her craving for everything about him that the taste of his food invoked. The strength that poured from him in waves, the steadiness, the gentle humor, the merciless challenge of things she had always accepted without question.”
Overall this is an amazing book, and I 1000% recommend it!