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Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors

A Novel
Written by: Sonali Dev
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins

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Publisher's Summary

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 nonnegotiable 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.

©2019 Sonali Dev (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-22

Awesome Retelling

This was a fantastic retelling of Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice because Sonali Dev captured the essence of a beloved story while injecting her own original spin. The retelling didn't feel forced. Instead, Dev only used parts of the original story instead of forcing the plot to conform. I love the way Sonali flipped the gender roles and how she didn't shy away from discussing deep social issues. The issues never felt preachy, instead, it was just a part of characters and of the story line. I'm not a fan of insta-love so I really appreciated the slow burn and the focus on character development. The HEA is so much more satisfying when the characters earn their relationship.

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  • carrie
  • 2019-06-04

Pathetic

The writing is juvenile and so melodramatic I couldn’t finish it. Every scene is manufactured nonsense. And if possible the horrible narrator makes the writing seem even worse. Impossible to listen to!

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  • JM Saenz
  • 2019-05-22

Wonderful

I really enjoyed this book. The author was very expressive, so much so that I could really picture the events playing out in the story. I can see why she describes this story as being loosely based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. It is a wonderful story that I know I will come back to re-read over and over again. Because of the narration, I also know that I will listen to the book over and over again as well.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-05-20

From the Male Perspective

Sonali Dev undertook something quite difficult with this story, with a title linking it to the famous Jan Austin novel. I feel she did a brilliant job modernizing the tale while also tackling some pretty heavy issues with grace and subtlety.

I have to say I enjoyed every moment of it, Dev did an amazing job switching the Darcy character to the female lead while also drifting into the perspective of the Elizabeth character as a male.

The descriptions of the hunky DJ Kane were a bit much for a straight man to bear, but hey I know I am not the target audience. As a man, I enjoyed the main character and her quirks, as well as her strong and independent spirit.