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Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors

by Sonali Dev

Series: The Rajes (1)

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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.  … (more)
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What an enjoyable and fresh take on Pride and Prejudice!! A lot less campy than the movie "Bride and Prejudice;" this Indian version flips around some of the gender roles (Wickham is a girl who cozies up to Darcy and Trisha tries warning him off) and sets it in modern day San Francisco. Dr. Trisha Raje is an acclaimed neurosurgeon and DJ (Darcy) is an acclaimed chef who has moved to the US to help his sister deal with a tumor affecting her eyesight. Dr. Raje is the one helping Emma with her tumor and that puts her in direct contact with DJ. They immediately get off to a bad start; especially when they realize that they have to work together for a catered event for Dr. Raje's brother. Deliciously cute, a realistic slow burn take on a classic. I can't wait to read more in this series! ( )
  ecataldi | May 31, 2020 |
I enjoyed the way this story plays around with Pride and Prejudice. Trisha Raje is part of a large family but otherwise she’s more of a Mr Darcy than an Elizabeth Bennet: she can be socially awkward and seemingly arrogant; she has a history with one Julia Wickham (her college roommate), the privilege of wealth and job security and family connections (her father’s Indian royalty and her brother is running for governor), and, as a neurosurgeon, the power to save DJ’s sister’s life.

DJ Caine’s situation is much more precarious. His beloved younger sister, his only family, has cancer. DJ has moved to the US to be with her, leaving behind a job as a chef in Paris, and spent his savings paying medical bills. He knows what it’s like to struggle with poverty, be judged because of his class and race (his mother was from Rwanda, his father was British-Indian), and not belong. He doesn’t like Trisha but he’s depending upon her, as his sister’s doctor, and upon her family, who have offered him a catering gig.

Knowing Pride and Prejudice means that the main beats of the romance aren’t exactly a surprise, but there’s still a lot to give this story suspense. Emma Caine is refusing lifesaving treatment because it will leave her blind, ending her career as an artist.
Then there’s the mystery of exactly what Julia Wickham did and how that has affected Trisha’s relationships with her family. Trisha is trying to repair that damage, and also supporting her older sister through a difficult time.

I thought that this was an interesting exploration of complicated cultural identities and family relationships. And the descriptions of food are wonderful.

The only quote I made note of was:
This is how Trisha’s dating life had worked since college: every now and again some guy came along and they confused the heck out of each other until he disappeared, leaving her more relieved than sad, and embarrassed as hell about her inability to know what was going on when it came to men.
Why were men such complicated beasts anyway? Relationships felt like full-time babysitting jobs crossed with high-level code cracking.
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  Herenya | Apr 2, 2020 |
Pleasant rom-com chick-lit, but just way too long for the genre. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Mar 24, 2020 |
The idea of a new take on Pride and Prejudice was an intriguing one that I couldn't resist. I had heard a lot of good things about this book and couldn't wait to read it. I wasn't disappointed. If you are looking for something as simple as a retelling of the orginal with Indian characters you won't find it here. This book has much more depth than that. And while, you can see hints of Jane Austen's characters and plot in this story it takes the story in a whole new direction.
Jane Austen's spicyness add seasoning to this story. It is especially evident in the sections that reflect Darcy's first proposal and Wickham's deceit. As an added bit of deliciousness the book is filled with so much Indian cusine that it makes your mouth water as you read. ( )
  ddeluna1 | Mar 19, 2020 |
This is a modern take and a gender flipped Pride and Prejudice set in San Francisco. Set against the background of the Indian American community and having political parties and medical treatments bringing Trisha and DJ working and clashing with one another as the attraction grows between them. This is a fun read and it was fun to compare and contrast the two books in my head as I read them. ( )
  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jan 6, 2020 |
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