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Paperback Book Details
  • 07/2022
  • 9798885253659
  • 375 pages
  • $17.99
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Karma Under Fire
In Karma Under Fire, two societies collide: the trendy, upscale ultra-hip universe of Atlanta and the alluring, bound-by-tradition world of old India. Pressured by her “challenging” mother, Harlow Kennedy, an ambitious and unattached woman, agrees to marry politically ambitious pretty boy Addison Whitmore. The match will elevate Harlow’s non-existent social standing and guarantee financial security for life. The wedding will take place as soon as Harlow returns from her BFF’s wedding in India. On the other side of the world, the parents of Tej Mayur, the hottest restauranteur in the hottest city in the South, are fretting about their son’s unmarried status. They summon him home. When Harlow and Tej find themselves seated together on the long flight to New Delhi, sparks fly. Then they touch down at Indira Gandhi International and flee one another’s company – or so they thin
Reviews
Set in Atlanta and India, Hudson-Maggio’s debut is a story about finding love in spite of insurmountable obstacles. Harlow Kennedy, a Black American woman battling to keep her head above water, crosses paths in mid-air with celebrity Indian restaurateur Tej Mayur/Vikram Chatwal when the two are both traveling to India, she to attend best friend Lita’s big fat Indian wedding and he to meet his mother, who is planning a traditional marriage for him. It takes Harlow and Tej some time to acknowledge their mutual attraction, and even then they face many hurdles before any possible happily ever-after: tradition, culture, nationality, caste and color, plus their own individual quirks and past personal tragedies.

Hudson-Maggio’s crisp, engaging prose and quick-paced storytelling will please readers of lively, travel-minded international fiction, though the novel doesn’t dig too deeply beneath the surface of Indian life. Extreme poverty, enormous wealth, Ayurvedic spas, extravagant weddings, unyielding tradition, fantastic Indian cuisine, a snake charmer–all the boxes for depicting India as an exotic backdrop for romantic adventure get checked. At times, the depiction strains credulity in the interest of generating tension: even in the nation’s most traditional homes, the days of the bride and groom not knowing each other’s names before the ceremony are long past.

Still, the language is breezy and the dialogue captivating, as Hudson-Maggio demonstrates a strong sense of character revealed through conversation. Narrative perspective is split between different narrative voices–first Harlow, then Tej, and later Sophia, Harlow’s mother. The introduction of Sophia as narrator might at first seem jarring, though the choice to highlight her perspective deepens her characterization from cold mother to wronged woman aching for her child. Readers looking for a light, character-driven romance with empathy and wit will find much to enjoy here.

Takeaway: Readers will find this culture-crossing cheerful romance a breezy read with some captivating dialogue.

Great for fans of: Rebecca Ryman’s Olivia and Jai, Nicola Marsh’s Busted in Bollywood.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: B
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 07/2022
  • 9798885253659
  • 375 pages
  • $17.99

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