Updated: Jan 30, 2020
AUTHOR: Balli Kaur Jaswal
PUBLISHER: William Morrow
PUBLISHED DATE: June 13, 2017
This was a delightful feel-good story about a woman who learns to embrace her culture while empowering grieving women in a quaint London community.
Nikki is a bit of a hot mess. She prides herself on not being like those sikhs....the ones people can tell are new immigrants to the UK. Though her parents have worked hard to put her through Law school is resents their traditional values and longs to free of their expectations of careers success as well as marriage and baby tract. When Nikki decides to drop out of college, it disappoints her father terribly, so it's no surprise that she feels a tremendous amount of guilt when her father dies. Nikki hits her rock bottom when she takes a job working as a bartender. It seems her luck begins to change when she meets a handsome stranger at the bar and when she sees an ad to work at a community center teaching creative writing. She jumps at the opportunity to do both, and a colossal mixup happens in both cases. At the creative writing school, a group of punjabi widows sign up believing they are taking a literacy course. It's not long before one of the students (...actually signed up for the creative writing class...) starts sharing the erotic stories she's writing, and once word gets out, Nikki kind of stumbles upon being a leader of a subversive little group.
This book is charming. You won't be able to help but laugh. It's sexy as hell...the writing samples of the sex scenes are a ten on a scale of 1-10. This is definitely a book that I would give to ladies who claim they just can't get into Romance. *raises hand slowly...
I could totally see this book as a cute Rom-Com! It has definitely earned it's spot on Reese Witherspoon's Book Club List.
Recommendation: Read it! It's a fun light hearted read about women using literature to resist the patriarchy and not only demand better sex for themselves, but to imagine themselves living the life they want. Hell YES!
*I borrowed this book on my library Hoopla account.
Audience: Millennials and Beyond