Happy Sunday! And Happy Mother’s Day! And happy day when we talk about a silly happy book that has nothing to do with mother’s!
This book is so great. It feels specifically 90s to me, in the best way. No computers making stress for folks, an assumption that everyone has a salary job which will last until retirement, and a sort of happy optimism about the future. That alone is lovely, and then you add on that is all warm and cozy in houses with dogs and a nice midwestern town setting, and it becomes cozy cozy cozy cozy.
Now, discussion questions!!!!
Is it a problem that there is no real conflict in the romance? I don’t think so. Why do we need conflict? They have a couple of silly fights, but basically they fall in love at first sight and are together forever. No stupid misunderstandings, no jealousy, no invented obstacles. I am okay with that! The dialogue and interactions are so fun, I don’t need stress over “what will happen” to keep me reading. I guess that’s why it works. In other books, you put in the suspense and stuff in the romance so the reader will want to keep reading. But in this book, you want to keep reading anyway.
Did this book make you want to buy an old Victorian house? It did for me, for sure!
Was Sister Tina too perfect a stereotype of “tough rich sister/friend”? The whole fabulously wealthy, mean to men, scary, and so on was a bit duex ex machina. But they did explain it a little bit with her backstory, and how clearly the sisters did not have very warm parents.
Was it silly to call the town “Riverbend” when it was clearly Columbus? Yes. Yes it was. I had a friend who was in med school at OSU and spent a fair amount of time in Columbus and I know EXACTLY where all those locations and landmarks mentioned in the book are, especially the old Victorian houses near the campus.
Okay, now the most important part!!!!
If SRK is our hero, who is so full of energy it looks like electrical sparks are coming off of him, who is our heroine who loves dogs and her house and blinks when she thinks of something she shouldn’t say?
I am sincerely torn between Kajol, Rani, and Juhi. I might slightly lean towards Rani if we keep the sexiness of the story, because she is for sure the sexiest of the three.