ROMANCE

Accidentally Engaged

Forever: Grand Central. Mar. 2021. 368p. ISBN 9781538734988. pap. $15.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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It’s extremely unfortunate that Reena Manji’s new neighbor is cute because he also happens to be the most recent Good Muslim Man her parents have decided she should marry. She’s worked too hard in a job she hates so that she can break away from familial decrees about her future. While Nadim Remtulla may be cute and appreciative of her baking obsession, friendship is all that Reena can offer. That is, until a cooking competition for couples with a grand prize scholarship to an expensive culinary school means Reena needs to find a partner—and fast. Surely, pretending to be engaged on the Internet without your family finding out will be no problem. As the duo make their way through the competition, Reena realizes she’s more attracted to Nadim than she thought, and she could be risking more than a scholarship.
VERDICT Heron delivers an engaging romantic comedy that explores culture, family expectations, and personal growth in her second outing after The Chai Factor. Pair this one with a cookbook or two, as readers will want a snack after reading about all the delicious food.

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