Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors

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Dr. Trisha Raje is San Francisco's most acclaimed neurosurgeon. But that's not enough for the Rajes, her influential immigrant family who achieved power by making its own non-negotiable rules: never trust an outsider, never do anything to jeopardize your brother's political aspirations, and never, ever, defy your family. Trisha has been guilty of breaking all the rules, but finally has a chance to redeem herself. So long as she doesn't repeat her old mistakes. Up-and-coming chef DJ Caine has known people like Trisha before, people who judge him by his rough beginnings and place pedigree above character. He needs the lucrative job the Rajes offer, but he values his pride too much to indulge Trisha's arrogance. Then he discovers that she's the only surgeon who can save his sister's life. But before a future can be savored there's a past to be reckoned with....
Publisher: New York : William Morrow Paperbacks, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062839053
Branch Call Number: FICTION Dev
Description: viii, 481, 6 pages ; 21 cm


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Trisha Raje is a talented neurosurgeon, from an immigrant Indian family, descended from royalty. When she meets a patient’s brother we embark on a classic tale of enemies to lovers.

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May 25, 2019

Disappointed in this book these reasons:
1. Very loosely based on Pride and Prejudice, better have left out P&P of title really.
2. Unlike the original there was no chemistry between the protagonists
3. Darcy, is angry (in this book he is the poor one, low class etc), and he has none of the wit, charm, self-deprecation, or Humor that Elizabeth Bennet did.
4. The moment went he likes her does not seem natural, kinda forced
5. When they finally come together there is no sense of romance or excitement for the reader.

It was well written, I just did not care for Darcy.

May 16, 2019

3.5 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy contemporary fiction with a bit of romance. I thought this was a solid P&P retelling!

Dr. Trisha Raje, a brilliant surgeon, has a new case: a female artist with a brain tumor that will kill her if it stays, and blind her if it goes. When she decides to forfeit her life for a few more weeks of sight, Trisha teams up with the patient's brother to try to change her mind. DJ has left a very prestigious job in Paris to be here for his sister, and is running his own catering company. DJ finds Dr. Raje to be blunt, rude, and arrogant. Trisha finds DJ infuriating, aimless, and very attractive. The two have nothing in common except for his sister's future. Can they get her to choose the surgery and extend her life?

This book started out slowly for me, and I wasn't loving it quite as much as I expected at first. I loved the cooking aspect of the story, but I had a hard time connecting with the ultra-rich family at the forefront of the novel. The more time that DJ and Trisha spent together, however, the more I enjoyed it! I appreciated the modern day take on the classic story, and enjoyed seeing it through the lens of Indian American culture. I thought Dev approached modern day racial issues in a very thoughtful and powerful way. I'm so glad that she included this in this novel, as these topics are incredibly important. I thought that DJ and Trisha's moment where they really have it out was SO true to P&P! As the big conflict came to the forefront of the story I became very invested in what would happen. Overall I wish it would have been a bit more of a romance, because I wanted a little more tension between the characters. I liked the family parts, but I also wanted more of those relationships. It wasn't completely a family drama either. Because it doesn't fit a mold super well I'm having trouble rating it. I think I just wanted more cooking, more romantic tension, more charming family moments. I do think that this will all get more fleshed out as the series goes along. I'd be interested to read her other novels which I can only assume will be about Trisha's siblings. :)

Here are a few good quotes from this book:

"This is our home. This country is yours. Take everything you need. Give everything you have. From the beginning of time, humans have migrated. We've claimed the land and let it claim us. Don't ever fulfill anybody else's definition of your relationship with your country. How many generations ago their forefathers got here may be how some people stake their claim, but I stake min with how much I give. How wholly I love. This place called to me, I'm here, it's mine. And now, it's yours."

"The entire "what goes around comes around" thing was a backward view of karma. Karma was simply Sansrit for action, and the theory was that your actions are the only thing under your control, as opposed to the fruits of your actions, which are not. And since actions always bear fruit, you were better off focusing your energy on your own actions, rather than worrying about the results you wanted them to produce."

May 07, 2019

This was an excellent retelling of Austen's Pride and Prejudice. It was gender swapped and thankfully different enough from the original to feel refreshing. There are a lot of Pride and Prejudice retellings out there, and many of them fail to be engaging because they are so similar to the original (I've read that, and quite frankly, retellings are boring when they are the too similar). Dev's novel is fun and great start to a new series! Highly recommended.

May 05, 2019

The cover and the mouthwatering food descriptions get a star all to themselves. I love Jane Austen's P&P and could see the nods Sonali Dev gave to the iconic story line in this new release. The closely knit Indian family is a centerpiece in the book and I was fascinated by their family interactions. It was also enlightening to watch the birth of a campaign. Will the brainy neurosurgeon fall for a genius chef? Sure, I can buy it. DJ sounds like a total dreamboat. And can he ever cook! This will find its place in many a beach bag this summer, I suspect.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Mar 19, 2019

What I liked (a lot): a modern-day Pride & Prejudice retelling with a multicultural, layered cast of interesting characters, many of whom I assume will be getting starring roles in future books in this series; how incredibly readable and fun this was; the genius(!) idea to gender-flip the original so that the Darcy character is the heroine and the hero (despite actually being NAMED Darcy) is Lizzie's character.
What I did not like: one core issue which prevented me from full-out loving this was the fact that I found the heroine's snobbiness to be so over-the-top at the beginning that I was unable to totally buy their love story later on in the book. Which is kind of a big issue! Look, it's 2019, it's not Regency England, and if you're going to be a class-conscious snob then I'm going to need you to work harder than she did for her redemptive arc.
I think this book is super fun and will find a wide audience, but that was a definite stumbling block, and one that was big enough that it impacted my overall enjoyment of the book.


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