Author: Dr. Amir Khan
Published by: Pan Macmillan on Jan. 9, 2024
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publishers Group Canada
Book Rating: 8.5/10
A debut novel following the adventures of a young Muslim student doctor torn between his traditional family and his heart.
He’s the perfect catch (according to his mother).
Yousef is the golden child to his strict, Pakistani parents, overshadowing his younger sister, Rehana. As he finishes his medical degree in London, Yousef’s life appears to be mapped out for him: become a doctor, marry a suitable girl of his parents’ choosing and, above all, make his family proud. Then Yosef meets Jess.
A fellow medical student, Jess presents a complication to the plan. Suddenly, Yousef finds himself torn between two worlds – keeping each a secret from the other.
And as graduation day looms, Yousef’s mother informs him that she’s started looking for his wife.
Amir Khan’s How (Not) to Have an Arranged Marriage is a timely, heartfelt novel which looks at all aspects of modern arranged marriages.
Astute, passionate, and compelling!
How (Not) to Have an Arranged Marriage is a fresh, heartwarming tale that takes you into the life of Yousef Ahmed, a hardworking Muslim young man, as he struggles to juggle a demanding career, a whole slew of familial expectations, and a deep, everlasting love for a woman his family will never approve of.
The prose is heartfelt and light. The characters are kind, independent, and intelligent. And the plot is a push-pull tale of familial responsibility, intrusive parents, witty banter, tender moments, goals, expectations, secrets, friendship, chemistry, introspection, honesty, and love.
Overall, How (Not) to Have an Arranged Marriage has everything you look for in a rom-com novel, as well as the added bonus of a touch of culture, traditions, parental pressures, and timely issues.
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Thank you to Publishers Group Canada for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.