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The Shaadi Set-Up Paperback – Import, 7 September 2021
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“[A] pitch-perfect contemporary love story…Entertaining throughout, Vale’s delightful storytelling will charm readers.” –Shelf Awareness
“With a lovely cast of secondary characters and snappy dialogue all around, The Shaadi Set-Up is a humorous and heartfelt romance about finding your first love for the second time. Lillie Vale’s adult-fiction debut is a charmer.” –Washington Independent Review of Books
“Positively entertaining friction-fiction…The Shaadi Set-Up hums with a sexy vibe and tons of heart thanks to great characters….The concept of the second generation getting a second chance at first love is just too irresistible to pass up.” –India Currents
“A fun, quick read; witty and heart-felt.” –Mountain Times
“If you loved the beach house aspect of Beach Read and the renovation of it, The Shaadi Set-Up might be the thing you’re looking for. Reunited exes have to work together to flip a house! Rita and Milan will find out that their feelings for each other are not easily forgotten.” –BookRiot
“A solid rom-com that’s well-written and is a good look at the lives and culture of the Desi world…A charming fall read.” –Red Carpet Crash
“I loved every single second of reading this beautifully addictive second chance romance, The Shaadi Set-Up checked all the boxes in creating a relatable and fun-tastic slow burn….I absolutely loved that this book had so many real parallels to what Desi (Indian) kids face when it comes to marriage and keeping their families happy, the best part being that Vale managed to highlight the funnier side to this issue….Rita and Milan will forever hold a special spot in my heart, along with their meddlesome families. Vale is definitely a new favorite author of mine and I would highly recommend reading this book ASAP!” –Harlequin Junkie
“YA author Vale makes a splash with her laugh-out-loud adult debut....Vale evenly balances heart and heat, while imbuing her rom-com with cultural specificity and delicately exploring familial obligation and heartbreak. Hilarious and heartfelt, this second chance romance proves it’s never too late to start again.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Vale’s sweet, slow-building, funny, second-chance love story, her debut romance novel, offers lush settings, a clever and amusing predicament, and a memorable match.” –Booklist (starred review)
“Vale’s bittersweet, slow-burn story of lost love and difficult choices is lightened by plenty of humor and charming characters. It will please fans of Jasmine Guillory, Sonali Dev, or Tessa Bailey’s ‘Hot & Hammered’ series of renovation-themed romances.” –Library Journal
“The writing has some standout moments, from the author’s celebration of Indian American culture to her lush and mouthwatering descriptions of food.” –Kirkus
“The Shaadi Set-Up is my favorite ever second chance romance. Hilarious and emotional, with characters who feel so real I didn’t want to let them go, Rita and Milan punched a hole through my heart. I can’t wait to dog-ear all my favorite passages. This is an absolute treasure of a love story.” –Sarah Hogle, author of You Deserve Each Other and Twice Shy
“Charming as hell and wonderfully witty, The Shaadi Set-Up had me grinning, swooning, and sweating. Watching Rita and Milan torture each other is truly delicious, and the tension between them is so thick you’d need several buzzsaws to cut it. A pitch-perfect romantic comedy and a new all-time favorite.” –Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of The Ex Talk
"Funny, sexy, and so full of love! With hilarious and vibrant prose, memorable characters you can't help but fall in love with, and a new twist on modern dating, this second-chance at love story is addictively readable. I was rooting for Rita and Milan to overcome their complicated history and find their happily ever after from the moment I met them on the page!" –Farah Heron, author of Accidentally Engaged
“What sets The Shaadi Set-Up apart is Vale’s luscious prose and deft characterizations. A fun yet thoughtful novel that ties together love for family, friends, and the one that got away, The Shaadi Set-Up is a heart-warming debut you won’t soon forget.” –Elizabeth Everett, author of A Lady’s Formula for Love
About the Author
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons (7 September 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 059332871X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593328712
- Item Weight : 367 g
- Dimensions : 13.89 x 1.83 x 20.73 cm
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First, of course for me is always how well a book draws me in and keeps that interest and pace going throughout. Very very early into TSSU (maybe chapter two?) I was intrigued and super invested in finding out what was to happen with Rita. For me this is a gigantic plus when a book has its claws in me early and is able to maintain that initial feeling I experience as a reader throughout and TSSU delivered on that a hundred percent.
Then comes the writing itself. The writing was super easy to get lost into, peppered with a good balance of both humour and emotion.
My favourite part about a book with good characters is when as a reader you can easily sort and understand each character’s personality and that remains consistent throughout.
All the emotions were played out perfectly and pull at the strings of the reader’s heart and at no point did I feel disconnected from the protagonist’s emotions.
Now for part two. Well, while I enjoyed the characters and their emotions and connections, there are some unsatisfactory parts when it comes to the resolution of the major conflict in the book. It’s hard to explain this without giving away spoilers, but to be vague and clear at the same time: the misunderstandings that are a big part of the book first feel little unrealistic and second don’t feel convincingly sorted out possibly because it’s done towards the end and there’s not enough time.
There was a Harry Potter mention that I felt truly absolutely wasn’t needed.
Rita’s best friend, Rajvee is a non binary character. The author mentioning that Rajvee likes to go by both Raj and Rajvee and feels masculine sometimes and would like the pronouns she/he/they used for them made me extremely pleased. I was supremely happy to see Raj on page and I liked that the protagonist switched between using Raj and Rajvee. However, I would’ve loved to see Rita switch pronouns as well, because Rajvee is only referred to as ‘she’ throughout the book.
Outside of this, TSSU does well in bringing the chemistry and angst of two characters who’ve had a past but whose lives we only mostly see in the present.
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The voice, the setting, the dogs, the food, and the details about interior design and wood working... I just loved all of it. It was a beautiful read that was hard to put down—and yes, I shushed my children away more than a few times so I could keep turning the pages, but don't judge me.
Side note: I loved Small Town Hearts, also by Vale, and cannot wait for more of her stories to come!