I am beyond THRILLED to bring you my review of Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev.
About the Book:
Publication Date: 5/26/2020
From the author of Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors comes another , clever, deeply layered, and heartwarming romantic comedy that follows in the Jane Austen tradition—this time, with a twist on Persuasion.
Chef Ashna Raje desperately needs a new strategy. How else can she save her beloved restaurant and prove to her estranged, overachieving mother that she isn’t a complete screw up? When she’s asked to join the cast of Cooking with the Stars, the latest hit reality show teaming chefs with celebrities, it seems like just the leap of faith she needs to put her restaurant back on the map. She’s a chef, what’s the worst that could happen?
Rico Silva, that’s what.
Being paired with a celebrity who was her first love, the man who ghosted her at the worst possible time in her life, only proves what Ashna has always believed: leaps of faith are a recipe for disaster.
FIFA winning soccer star Rico Silva isn’t too happy to be paired up with Ashna either. Losing Ashna years ago almost destroyed him. The only silver lining to this bizarre situation is that he can finally prove to Ashna that he’s definitely over her.
But when their catastrophic first meeting goes viral, social media becomes obsessed with their chemistry. The competition on the show is fierce…and so is the simmering desire between Ashna and Rico. Every minute they spend together rekindles feelings that pull them toward their disastrous past. Will letting go again be another recipe for heartbreak—or a recipe for persuasion…?
In Recipe for Persuasion, Sonali Dev once again takes readers on an unforgettable adventure in this fresh, fun, and enchanting romantic comedy.
Miss W’s Review:
5 Fantastic Stars!
Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev is an expertly told retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion that is at its core a story about love, romantic and familial.
Second Chance romance, yes! Jane Austen retelling, yes! Second book in the Rajes sage , yes!
I was super excited for the plot that takes place on a reality cooking show.
The descriptive writing is mesmerizing. The relationship between Ashna and Rico is swoon-worthy with the perfect amount of chemistry , even after 10 years. The emotional trauma and heavy topics addressed in the book are handled expertly with respect.
This is a multi-layered, complex story about second chances. Romantic second chances and second chances within families. not just romantically, but within families as well.
The story is told in alternating perspectives of Ashna and Rico and also Ashna’s mother Shobi.
I fell in complete, total and utter love with the Raje family when I read Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors.
This story tells one of loss and redemption, not only between the Ashna and Rico but also between Ashna and her mother Shobi.
I love the angst that is portrayed only the way this author can. The family dynamics in the Raje family are complex and complicated.
This is a very well written story brimming with diversity and modern references that made me fell in love with Austen’s Persuasion all over again.
Dynamic, elegant prose and flawless character building make Recipe for Persuasion a book you will not want to put down.
Highly recommend !
About the Author:
Award winning author, Sonali Dev, writes Bollywood-style love stories that let her explore issues faced by women around the world while still indulging her faith in a happily ever after.
Sonali’s novels have been on Library Journal, NPR, Washington Post and Kirkus Best Books of the year lists. She has won the American Library Association’s award for best romance, the RT Reviewer’s Choice award for best contemporary romance, the RT Seal of Excellence, and is a RITA Finalist.
Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs with her very patient and often amused husband and two teens who demand both patience and humor, and the world’s most perfect dog. Find out more at sonalidev.com.
Pre-Order your copy of Recipe for Persuasion HERE!
Until the next chapter,