I received Only Wheat Not White by Varsha Dixit as a review copy from The Book Club Group. This is the first book by Varsha that I have read and I enjoyed it. The book is the story of Eila Sood who travels halfway across the world to meet her estranged sister.
The Blurb (from Goodreads):
What if following your heart means failing your family?
Eila Sood leaves India for the U.S., hoping to unite her family and mend fences with her estranged older sister. She soon learns that her sister’s intercultural marriage, which outraged their parents, has hit rock bottom. To help pay the bills, Eila accepts an accounting job at a strip club, working for the fascinating yet infuriating Brett Wright.
As their friendship and mutual desire builds, Eila chooses keeping family peace over following her heart. After Brett misinterprets her fears and accuses Eila of prejudice, his ex-girlfriend steps in to offer solace.
Eila realizes that whichever choice she makes will rip her life apart. What will Eila choose? Love of her life or a life ruled by tradition?
Fall in love with love, in this steamy saga from a best-selling romance author.
Eila Sood, 26, is the middle sister. She travels halfway across the world from New Delhi to meet her sister, Sheela, whose marriage to a non-Indian, seven years ago, had hurt their parents. Her parents, especially her father could not forgive Sheela for marrying out of their choice. She never visited India since and lives in New York with her family. She feels awkward meeting Sheela’s husband, Steve Jacob’s, because he is the reason why their family stood broken. Their youngest sister, Tina, obsessively checks Sheela’s posts and pictures and could recognize their nephews in a crowded mall.
She is nervous on landing there. At immigration, she encounters a stranger who looks down upon her. She meets him again on way to work and names him ‘Blue eyed ogre’.
She takes up a job in the IT sector and makes friends with Megan. She slowly realizes that all is not well with Sheela and she and Steve are heading for a divorce and she needs to help Sheela with the finances. And then she loses half her job. She keeps the fact to herself and joins an afternoon strip club as an accountant. And then that also is put up on sale as the owner wants to retire.
And the new owner is Brett Wright, the stranger she met at the airport and he wants her to continue working for him. As the initial repulsion fades, they start liking each other. And suddenly, she remembers her promise to her mother that she would marry only wheat and not white.
The cover is beautiful. And so is the story. I found the theme interesting. Because these days, I feel kids are more or less at liberty to choose whom they want to marry. The language is simple and the narration and flow are good. The characters have been developed well and the scenes are well described.
To add to all this, the author’s sense of humour made the book more interesting. There were certain parts in the book when I wanted more. Maybe a sequel would be the solution to all these wants.
Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.