Thursday, September 13, 2012

Giveaway & Review~ Duty and Desire by Anju Gattani

Book Description:

How Can Happiness Survive When Duty Clashes With Desire?

Sheetal Prasad has it all: youth, beauty, wealth and education. But when this modern Indian woman surrenders love for honor and marries into India’s most glamorous ‘royal family’, these very advantages turn against her and she is stripped of her freedom.

Meet the Dhanrajs — a powerful family bound together by a web of lies where infidelity, greed, secrets and hidden identities lurk beneath the lush tapestry. The Dhanrajs have plenty to hide and will do what it takes to mask the truth from the world.

As Sheetal peels back the layers of deceit, she confronts a haunting reality and is threatened by the blazes of passion she ignites.

About the Author:

Anju was born in India but grew up in Hong Kong. Her Indian upbringing and British education worked together to strongly influence her writing.

Anju’s fiction explores how the distinct mindsets and traditions of different cultures permanently shape people’s values, thinking, and behavior patterns—for both good and evil—despite the “leveling” effects of 21st century communications and travel.

Anju earned a Bachelors degree in English Literature in India and a teaching degree in the United Kingdom. She has also studied creative writing.

Anju has lived in Singapore, Australia, India, New Jersey and Connecticut. She now makes her home in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and two kids. Anju is a columnist for a multicultural magazine in the USA. She is also an avid guest blogger, who loves to share her experiences in health and fitness, food, self-empowerment and great fiction reads.

Duty and Desire is her first novel.

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Title: Duty and Desire

Series: Winds of Fire #1

Author: Anju Gattani

Genre: Family Saga

Greenbrier Book Co.

Format: Ebook/Paperback

Pages: 304

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“She loved him. She reached out to touch him and soothe his anger. “I risked everything just coming here to be with you.”

“Not to be with me. To tell me. You came to tell me you’re marrying someone else. And you expect me to do nothing?” That’s exactly what she did expect, because society required a woman to marry the man her parents chose for her.

Arvind grabbed Sheetal by the shoulders and gazed into her eyes. “Do you understand how much I love you?”

She understood. “I have no choice, Arvind.” Sheetal took a long, deep breath and clasped her fingers together. “Love isn’t enough for my father. Money, reputation, class and status. That’s what matters to him.” Until now she had ignored the imitation suede shoes on his feet and the ripped, beige, front pocket of his shirt; things she would have never have noticed if her mother hadn’t brought them to her attention a while back. “My father wants me,”—she bit her lip, knowing her words would hurt him—“well taken care of.”

*** My thoughts ***

It was a very interesting read. I enjoyed being immersed in the Indian culture.

Anju Gattani has a way of describing the setting that brought it to life. She helps us to envision everything, even the clothes.  

The characters were intriguing.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  1. Thanks for the giveaway :)

    I am originally of Indian origin. I was born in India, emigrated to the USA w/parents and younger brother when I was 4, and my husband is Indian(arranged marriage) so I'm drawn to South Asian media. I can relate to the culture, traditions, social mores, and mindset. That is not to say I follow them blindly.

    This book sounds great. I like the premise and enjoyed the excerpt.

    1. This book was interesting. I enjoyed learning about the culture but there is no way I would want to live it!

      Thank you for stopping by.

  2. Hi Mona,
    Thanks for stopping by. I'm hoping readers will have a better understanding of modern India and the conflicts its people face with westernization and globalization.

    I'm glad women are rising today more than ever before. So many women now take a stand for what they believe in despite the pull of previous generations to adhere to the culture and traditions.

    Hope you enjoy the read and thank you for hosting DUTY AND DESIRE, Brenda. Please do remember this is pure fiction and an extreme situation... nevertheless a situation even women in the western world endure today. :)

    Regards'n happy reading!