Laura: Accidentally Engaged
By Farah Heron
Publish date: March 2, 2021
Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
About Accidentally Engaged
Reena Manji doesn’t love her career, her single status, and most of all, her family inserting themselves into every detail of her life. But when caring for her precious sourdough starters, Reena can drown it all out. At least until her father moves his newest employee across the hall–with hopes that Reena will marry him.
But Nadim’s not like the other Muslim bachelors-du-jour that her parents have dug up. If the Captain America body and the British accent weren’t enough, the man appears to love eating her bread creations as much as she loves making them. She sure as hell would never marry a man who works for her father, but friendship with a neighbor is okay, right? And when Reena’s career takes a nosedive, Nadim happily agrees to fake an engagement so they can enter a couples video cooking contest to win the artisan bread course of her dreams.
My thoughts about Accidentally Engaged
Reena is so relatable as a thirty-something woman trying to figure out her career, dealing with the stress of being laid off. Again. Not wanting her parents’ help. Not really wanting to stay in finance but not sure about following her dream of culinary school. Wanting a relationship but not because her parents arrange it. Trying to figure out her relationship with her sister. Feeling like a failure compared to what looks like her older brother’s perfect life.
Accidentally Engaged didn’t just deal with career woes and a pushy family. Farah Heron also addressed mental illness, stress, and depression.
The writing is so engaging with so much sparkling banter. Reena’s friends are warm, supportive, and funny as hell. Shout out for the LGBTQ+ rep.
And the connection between Reena and Nadim is H-O-T! Super-steamy scenes ensue.
I loved learning about East Indian/African food and traditions. And OMG. Reena’s bread baking had me absolutely salivating. I wanted one of those sourdough starter babies!
If you’re a fan of Sara Desai or Sonali Dev, READ this! And then read the first book, The Chai Factor. Do it! Food, eccentric family antics, and a sweet, steamy romance – the perfect read.
Thank you NetGalley and Forever for the ARC.