Monday, February 20, 2017

Book Review: Mary Poser by Angel A

Title:  Mary Poser
Author:  Angel A
Genre:  Contemporary, Multicultural, Romance, Comedy
Publisher: Angel's Leap
Release Date:  August 21, 2017

About the Book:

The recipe for a warm and humorous story…

In a modest bowl of Nashville, gently place a girl who is Country music, Bible belt, and a Steakhouse foodie.

Then add a surprise portion of exotic and handsome Anglo Indian, who is a passionate Bollywood director, vegetarian and Hindu.

Stir vigorously on a bed of intense attraction.

At first, the ingredients will seem to clash and separate.

Keep stirring…

Include a dollop of jealous boyfriend and a meddling mother.

Splash in a serving of fun and mischievous friends. Keep stirring…

Add a dash of crazy aunt and a minister father to keep the flavors working together.

Sprinkle in even more complicated family members to taste.

Cook on high emotions.

The secret ingredient that cuts through the sweetness is a final layer of shocking revelation that adds a surprising depth of flavor.

Finish with a twist of 'Oh My God! Is she really going to do that?'.

Serve as tasty bite-size chapters in a novel dish of mayhem and madness with a side of Country music and Bollywood dancing.

Mary Poser Teaser Trailer from Angel's Leap on Vimeo.

Buy Link: Amazon
My Review:

This was the first book I have read by this author and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.  This was more than just another romance book with a love triangle.  It delved deep into friendships, family, bigotry, religion, and multi-cultural beliefs.

Living in Nashville, Tennessee her entire life, Mary Poser is the daughter of a Baptist minister and lives her life the way she is expected to behave, jumping through hoops for her family, friends and her boss.... until she catches a glimpse of the most gorgeous man she had ever seen in her life and her life is turned upside down.  When their eyes meet, chemistry explodes!  But this man is from India, and is Hindu and is only in Nashville for the Film Festival.  How can this  relationship possibly have a chance?

After driving off a bridge and having a near death experience, life continues to get complicated for Mary.  But her Aunt Sara has more insight than you can imagine as she explains why a butterfly shouldn't be helped out of a cocoon (chrysalis).  She explains that "a butterfly needs to struggle within it to develop its wings, and then it needs to break out of the chrysalis by itself to get even stronger.  If you open the chrysalis too early, the butterfly won't be ready.  It won't be able to fly."  This also seems to be true in Mary's life.

And struggle she does!  Continuing to follow what her family expects of her, she is totally miserable.  When she finally finds the strength within her to live her life as she chooses, many secrets are revealed.

Angel A. did a remarkable job explaining customs and beliefs in the Indian culture.  I was fascinated reading every time Simha explained his culture to Mary.  Very descriptive and the characters were very well developed.

The middle of the book dragged just a bit, but all in all, it was an awesome book!

My Rating:

About the Author:

Angel A is a world traveler who shares her insights and experiences of global culture through narratives that are compelling, inspiring and insightful. Mary Poser is Angel’s first novel. Her passion is to explore our inner world as revealed through the challenges, triumphs and revelations experienced in our outer world.
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