Mary Poser Review

Title: Mary Poser
Author: Angel A.
Series: Not Applicable
Publisher: Angel's Leap
Publication Date: 21 August 2017
Source: Author
Format: Ebook
Pages: 478
Rating: 3 Stars
Reading Timeline: 10 August 2017 - 11 August 2017









Goodreads Synopsis:

The recipe for a warm and humorous story...

In a modest bowl of Nashville, gently place a girl who is Country music, Bible belt, and a Steakhouse goodie.

The add a surprise portion of exotic and handsome Anglo-Indian, who is a passionate Bollywood director, vegetarian and Hindu.

Stir vigorously on a bed of intense attraction.

At frist, the ingredients will seem to clash and separate.

Keep stirring...

Include a dollop of jealous boyfriend and a meddling mother.

Splash in a serving of fun and mischievous friends. Keep stirring...

Add a dash of craft aunt and minister father to keep the flavors working together.

Sprinkle in even more complicated members to taste.

Cook on high emotions.

The secret ingredients that cuts through the sweetness is a final layer of shocking revelation that adds a surprising depth of flavor.

Finish with a twist of "Oh My God! Is she really going to do that?"

Serve as tasty bite-size chapters in novel dish of mayhem and madness with a side of Courtry music and Bollywood dancing.

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

I am so excited for this book mainly because this was the first time an author had contacted me to review their book before publication. Despite that I was really happy to get an ARC (advance readers copy) of this book, it has taken me up until now to get to it. I am excited to see where this contemporary takes me!

Thank you so much to the author for providing me with a copy to review! I cannot wait to jump into! Just a small little disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. No money on my behalf has been spent in acquiring this book. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

The writing was really good. It had the right amount of imagery and the right amount of flow to make the book super easy to read. The dialogue was light and completely natural. The author introduced us to the characters as if they were old friends. The author's writing also brought the south to life.

Plot Thoughts: (this section will contain spoilers for the book. please be advised)

This is kind of where the boat sank for me. Mary meets this incredible 'exotic' person. She seems to feel attracted to him almost immediately but nothing really happens between them. She ends up dating some other dude, and getting engaged to him, despite her attraction to Simha. There is also  a huge focus on the fact that Simha is Indian and 'exotic'. I am all for a multiracial relationship and casts but with the amount of focus that is placed on race, was weird. People would tell Mary to ditch Simha and get with a white man. It just seemed as if the author was trying so hard to make her book diverse but ended up shoving it down our throats saying "look my protagonist is in love with a non-white character". Don't get me wrong, I liked the fact that this book dealt with racism but it just felt like it wasn't done right. Religion also seems to play a really big roll in the book, but once again it was a bit too much. It overshadowed pretty much all of the Mary's relationships.

Character Thoughts:

I liked Mary as a character but I definitely felt like she was a bit of a push over and do-gooder. She would do everything that everyone asked of her. She would drink when she didn't want to drink because her friend told her to. Mary had multiple great characteristics. She was kind and down to earth. She was also incredibly humble.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I liked this book. Yes, I had problems with the plot and how racism along with religion were dealt with but the story was kinda cute. There definitely a couple of swoon worthy moments. The writing was vivid and the conversations were natural and interesting. Thank you so much to the author for providing me with a copy of this book to review! 

Yours in Reading,

Melleny

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