I received Old Money by Sunanda Chatterjee as an advance review copy from the author and thank her for the same. The book is the second one in the Wellington Estates and is the story of Juhi Raina, an American Indian girl.
“Families are made from love, not DNA,” said her father.
Fashion designer Juhi Raina has always struggled with her identity; an Indian-American, she straddles two worlds, haunted by salacious rumors of her family. After a break-up with her fiancé, all she wants is a little distraction. But the handsome photographer threatens her uneasy status quo.
Wellington Estates heir-turned-photographer Connor Riley shuns his family’s wealth and abhors all form of pretense. He is mesmerized by Juhi’s simplicity, and Juhi is drawn to his candor. The two misfits make a perfect match. But being with Juhi brings challenges Connor may not be ready for.
The past unravels, revealing secrets that may be best left unopened. Can Juhi and Connor look past the deceit and shame to reclaim their love?
Book 2 of the Wellington Estates, “Old Money” is a stand-alone romantic saga about heartbreak, loss, and finding forgiveness despite all odds.
Having lost her mother to breast cancer when she was in high school, twenty five year old Juhi Raina lives with her father and aunt in her childhood home. Her family is broad minded but family name and family reputation mean everything to them and she only hopes that they would not force her to get married to some nice Indian boy from Delhi. She has always had to embrace her American identity forsaking her own culture and is sick of being considered too fair to be an Indian and too exotic to be an American.
Having loved making dresses, she thought of making them for others and owns a boutique, Juhi’s dresses. Her mother had been friends with Laura’s ever since the girls were in elementary school and Laura has been her best friend since school.
The story begins with Juhi being stood up by her cardiac surgeon fiancé, Brad, on the night of her best friend, Laura’s wedding and to make matters worse, he sends her a text and breaks up with her. Though she is smiling outwardly, the wedding photographer, Connor Riley of Riley and Roper photography, sees through her tears and even tells her so.
She becomes friends with Connor. She feels that she can be herself with him as there is no pressure to conform, no pressure to commit, no pressure to behave in a certain manner and no pressure to cohabitate. She likes him for his talent in photography, his personality and his friendship. He respects her for her honesty and strength of character. He proposes to her after dating her for eight months, but his Indianness, his origins and his family creeps in.
Connor Riley’s family is very rich and they stay in Wellington Estates. He wants nothing to do with money because he feels that wealth hardens the heart. Reputation means everything to the Rileys too. His step mother wants him to marry the wealthy girl she has chosen for him.
So what do Connor and Juhi do? Where does their love take them?
Though, references are made off and on to the first book of the series but I read this before the first book and could not find a single instance where I was lost.
The characters, as always, have been developed well and portrayed so realistically that I could relate to them. The author has described the feeling of both the protagonists in details. Juhi and Laura’s friendship and understanding is one high point of the story, as was in the previous book.
The story has been articulated in a manner that it is unputdownable and the reader always wants to know what happens next? The scenes and the timelines have been described well. This book has all the ingredients: friendship, love, hope, family ties and suspense. Plus the twists and turns make the book interesting.
I loved the way the author has tied up the loose ends at the end of the book. I am eagerly waiting for the next book of this series. Who will the book be about…..
DISCLAIMER: I received the book a an advance review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.