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The Five-Day Reunion, by Mona Shroff

robinlovesreading's review

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4.0

Anita Virani reluctantly agrees to pretend to still be married to her ex-husband Nikhil. It is his sister's wedding and the family does not want their grandfather to know that Anita and Nikhil are divorced. He had recent heart problems and they think the embarrassment of a divorce might be too much for his health. Culture also played a huge role as to what was going on. The wedding arrangements will take place over several days and all Anita and Nikhil need to do is to act as if they are still happily married.

Meanwhile, Anita is a law student and she will get something out of this arrangment. She strikes a deal with her former mother-in-law but is none too pleased for the role suddenly thrust upon her. Will Anita be able to spend day after day with Nikhil and deny the fact that she never stopped loving him? or he her?

Why did the two divorce in the first place and what will they do with the flame of desire flairs between them? Not only that but they have a strong emotional connection that gives them both pause.

I loved this story! The wedding customs were interesting to see played out as was the rekindling of romance between Anita and Nikhil. As this is the first book in the Once Upon a Wedding series, readers get to know the extended family, bringing in an emotional edge to a sweet romance and thus laying the groundwork for what promises to be an engaging series.

Many thanks to Harlequin Special Edition and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

bookanonjeff's review

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5.0

Solid Second Chance Romance. This is one of those second chance / forced proximity / fake dating types of romance tales, all combined during a five day traditional Indian wedding celebration. The angst between the two leads is palpable, and their own individual motivations are solidly grounded. The Indian family interventions - and ensuing irritating (for the characters) hilarity (for the readers) hijinx - are well done, and Shroff does well to explain the various ceremonies reasonably well in-story so that those not familiar with them can follow along and not get lost in the story, yet not so much that it becomes an academic treatise on each ceremony. Overall a fun, funny, and short-ish (220 ish page) romance that gives a solid break from reality for many, and really... isn't that most of what we expect a book to do? Very much recommended.

quietdissident's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

Cute second-chance romance. 

kennethwade's review

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  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

Mona Shroff knows what she’s doing. I can’t wait to see her career and writing skill progress.

lovelyleviosa's review

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emotional funny lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

lunarxcross's review

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emotional hopeful inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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shaisadora's review

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slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

lateresita27's review

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emotional medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

3.5

shruti8642's review

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emotional funny hopeful lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

saadiasreads's review

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  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.0