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Title: The Matchmaker’s List
Author: Sonya Lalli
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication Date: February 5, 2019
One devoted modern girl + a meddlesome, traditional grandmother = a heartwarming multicultural romantic comedy about finding love where you least expect it
Raina Anand may have finally given in to family pressure and agreed to let her grandmother play matchmaker, but that doesn’t mean she has to like it–or that she has to play by the rules. Nani always took Raina’s side when she tried to push past the traditional expectations of their tight-knit Indian-immigrant community, but now she’s ambushing Raina with a list of suitable bachelors. Is it too much to ask for a little space? Besides, what Nani doesn’t know won’t hurt her…
As Raina’s life spirals into a parade of Nani-approved bachelors and disastrous blind dates, she must find a way out of this modern-day arranged-marriage trap without shattering her beloved grandmother’s dreams.Review: This was an okay read for me. It’s so great to see a book set in Toronto! I find that I never really pick up books set in Canada, so it’s always fun reading them. This had a fun start and I enjoyed the strong family theme, but I found myself slowly getting annoyed with the main character and it only got worse as I kept reading. I think I definitely wanted more romance out of this book as well because while the majority of the story was focused on dating, Raina doesn’t really have any romantic moments with any of the guys. She’s pretty picky and seems to find something wrong with every single one of the guys on her grandma’s list.
I’d say for the most part this was a book of self-discovery more than anything for Raina because it kind of felt like she was having some kind of mid-life crisis. She lies by omission about being gay so her grandma will stop throwing guys at her and also pushes the people she cares about away. I did love the relationship Raina had with her grandmother, though. She was so full of life, love, and acceptance even if Raina couldn’t always see it.
While I did find this to be an easy read, I felt like I needed a lot more out of this book. Raina had so much going on in her head and it took most of the book for her to set aside her personal issues and realize who she’s meant to be with.