Saturday, April 24, 2021

Review: Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron

Reena Manji doesn’t love her career, her single status, and most of all, her family inserting themselves into every detail of her life. But when caring for her precious sourdough starters, Reena can drown it all out. At least until her father moves his newest employee across the hall--with hopes that Reena will marry him.

But Nadim’s not like the other Muslim bachelors-du-jour that her parents have dug up. If the Captain America body and the British accent weren’t enough, the man appears to love eating her bread creations as much as she loves making them. She sure as hell would never marry a man who works for her father, but friendship with a neighbor is okay, right? And when Reena’s career takes a nosedive, Nadim happily agrees to fake an engagement so they can enter a couples video cooking contest to win the artisan bread course of her dreams.

As cooking at home together brings them closer, things turn physical, but Reena isn’t worried. She knows Nadim is keeping secrets, but it’s fine— secrets are always on the menu where her family is concerned. And her heart is protected… she’s not marrying the man. But even secrets kept for self preservation have a way of getting out, especially when meddling parents and gossiping families are involved.

Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 2nd 2021 
by Forever
5/5 stars

I totally went into this book blind.  It was part of a group read I wanted to take part in, plus Accidentally Engaged is written by a Canadian author with a Canadian setting - bonus points there.

I loved the diversity, seeing into different ethic groups with family dynamics different from mine. Suffice to say I loved this book, worth all 5 stars for the character development, for a story that I found unique with its many layers and an interesting cast of characters.  I smiled, laughed and felt sad throughout this read.  Oh and ya the desire to bake bread was at an all time high.

Accidentally Engaged is a wonderful book that I highly recommend by a new to me author - yup I am searching her backlist.

This book was part of my 2021 Reading Off My Shelf Challenge.

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