Pride, Prejudice and other flavours by Sonali Dev (Rajes#1)

This is one book that has been sitting on my bookshelf for almost two years now, I had presented it to myself on two birthdays ago and when the second one in the series was almost released, I read it. And am reviewing it now, when the third one is almost there.

The blurb:

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 non-negotiable 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.

 The story:

Trisha Raje, San Francisco’s most acclaimed neurosurgeon, specializes in microsurgery.

But when it comes to her family, she has existed on the fringes of her family for the past fifteen years.

The Raje cousins had all grown up in the same house, her older brother, Yash, who is running for the governor of California. Her older sister Nisha, the perfect big sister, who manages Yash’s career. Her younger brother, Vansh, the free-spirited brat who did as he pleased. And their two cousins, Esha, the oldest of the cousins, whom Trisha’s parents had raised since her parents had died in an air crash and Ashna, her younger uncle’s daughter, who practically lived with them. And the Raje blood was not just thicker than water, it was thicker than glue, it was how the families were supposed to be.

And her latest case has made her all emotional. The patient, Emma Caine, a visual artiste is suffering from a tumour and would lose her eyesight in surgery. And this was the first time in her five years of surgery that a patient of hers was going to go blind.

DJ Caine was twelve when his father died and his family threw him, his sister, Emma and their mother out of their home. And they grew up in an attic flat in London, he went to culinary school and dreamed of becoming a private chef. And then he had to move from Paris to save his sister, by taking her to Trisha as his friend Ashna had suggested. Not only that, Ashna had even got him a job with the Rajes.

My take:

I loved the story. It is a really interesting book to read, though a bit long, but patience actually pays. I could see the Rajes and their lives unfold right before me and really loved every moment of the book. I loved the family bonds and the relationships the cousins shared.

I loved the characters but loved the secondary characters more: The loving grandmother who counted the days between visits from her grandchildren; HRH, the strict father and Mina, the mother who balances them both. The banter between the siblings and the cousins is very realistic as also descriptions of their childhood. The feelings of the characters have been described and the characters have been written in such a way that makes them and their feelings realistic and relatable.

A beautiful book centred on family, pride, emotions and relationships.

Waiting to read the next book in the series.

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