It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been here, but I’ve been busily reading if you haven’t been following my goodreads for all the self help books that I’ve been swallowing as well as getting ready for the holiday season. I have high hopes of bringing you tons of reviews and more great content over the next month with that wonderful promise let’s jump into the real reason that you are here today.
I recently finished 96 Words of Love by Rachel Roy and Ava Dash. Before I jump into the gushy parts of this review, I should let you know that I did receive this book as part of a Goodreads Advanced Reader Copy giveaway and that I wasn’t compensated for anything I am about to say.
All that being said, the quick synopsis for 96 Words of Love is a coming of age story featuring an Indian American girl named Raya, who thought her well planned American life would work out just the way she wanted. Raya is thrown into a tailspin when her beloved grandmother dies leaving her and her cousin, Anandi with the note saying that she wishes that she could have traveled back to the ashram to retrieve the things she left behind there. Raya’s cousin Anandi convinces her to go on a pilgrimage to the ashram to find the things grandmother left behind. After convincing her parents to let her go on the pilgrimage for a month, Raya sets out on the adventure that will unknowingly change her world.
I loved the premise of the story being a coming of age pilgrimage and time in an ashram in India. I also loved the fact that Raya got to learn a lot more about her heritage, her grandmother, and the Indian culture. It was also interesting to know that this book was a modern retelling of an Indian folk story. As I’ve always promised I won’t spoil the ending for you , but there is a romantic twist in the book which I didn’t mind and could have seen coming a mile away. It did seem weird that there was a other minor sub-story that happened toward the end of the book.
I mean, if you’re writing a romantic contemporary story write a romantic contemporary story. If you are writing a story about humanitarian efforts and self discovery write about that. When one becomes a subplot for the other it looks dull, half assed and unfinished. Other that than I can honestly say that I would recommend this book to someone who is looking for a more diverse character read. I found the book interesting, but not a serious page turner which is why it took me so long to read. I could see this as a pool book or a fun summer read.
96 Words of Love by Rachel Roy and Ava Dash is set to release on January 15, 2019. Be sure to pick it up at your local bookstore or let your local library know that you want to read this book.