Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday: THE SARI SHOP WIDOW by Shobhan Bantwal

THE SARI SHOP WIDOW

by Shobhan Bantwal

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Pub. Date: September 01, 2009
ISBN-13: 9780758232021
Sales Rank: 220,139
352pp

Synopsis (from the publisher):

Pungent curry…sweet fried onions…incense…colorful beads…lush fabrics. Shobhan Bantwal's compelling new novel is set on the streets of Edison, New Jersey's Little India, where a young businesswoman rediscovers the magic of love and family…

Since becoming a widow at age twenty-seven, Anjali Kapadia has devoted herself to transforming her parents' sari shop into a chic boutique, brimming with exquisite jewelry and clothing. Now, ten years later, it stands out like a proud maharani amid Edison's bustling Little India. But when Anjali learns the shop is on the brink of bankruptcy, she feels her world unraveling…


To the rescue comes Anjali's wealthy, dictatorial Uncle Jeevan and his business partner, Rishi Shah—a mysterious Londoner, complete with British accent, cool gray eyes, and skin so fair it makes it hard to believe he's Indian. Rishi's cool, foreign demeanor triggers distrust in Anjali and her mother. But for Anjali, he also stirs something else, a powerful attraction she hasn't felt in a decade. And the feeling is mutual…

Love disappointed Anjali once before and she's vowed to live without it—though Rishi is slowly melting her resolve and, as the shop regains its footing, gaining her trust. But when a secret from Rishi's past is revealed, Anjali must turn to her family and her strong cultural upbringing to guide her in finding the truth…


I know I'm not the only one eagerly awaiting the release of THE SARI SHOP WIDOW. Back in March, I read a post about it at Popin's Lair. Of course, the cover is gorgeous, so I had to stop and take a look. I love the use of serene green instead of the ubiquitous blue. The story description sounds fun, romantic, and a little mysterious -- what's not to like? I made a note of the title and added it to my wish list. Over the next few weeks, I came across a few more mentions of the book. Most recently, Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea featured it as the subject of her Waiting on Wednesday post. That's when I realized I was bound to be tortured all summer long with teasing appearances of Ms. Bantwal's book. And now, the boldest taunt of all: Shobhan Bantwal will be making a little blog tour in September, and she is offering us a tiny taste of her book on her website. Read an excerpt here, and then try to tell me that you aren't waiting for this one, too!

(For more information about the virtual blog tour, visit Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours.)



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17 comments:

bermudaonion said...

You're right! I'm waiting for that one too!

Gwendolyn B. said...

Kathy: I know you are -- I remember your comments from the other posts!

Jo-Jo said...

This one does look awesome. I'm going to be reading this one for a tour in October and can't wait!

Kristi said...

The Sari Shop Widow isn't the only one that looks good - all of the books on her site looked good. Thanks for the link to the excerpt!

Gwendolyn B. said...

Kristi - you are so right! I'm sure I'll be reading all her books!

Zibilee said...

I read her first book, Forbidden Daughter, and thought it was really good. I, too, am looking forward to this one. Glad you posted this!

Shobhan Bantwal said...

Hi Gwendolyn,

Thank you so much for your interest in my upcoming book. And my appreciation to the readers who have posted such encouraging comments on it, too.

I sincerely hope all of you like the book and my other recently-published novels as well. Hopefully you will be joining me on my blog tour.

Wishing you all a great summer and some awesome reading!

Regards,
Shobhan Bantwal
www.shobhanbantwal.com

Cathy said...

Nice review - I have added this to my list.

I nominated you for a blogger award. The details are here:
One eyed stuffed bunny and ...

Dar said...

I did see this on Diane's site as well and it does sound like a really good book.

Mary said...

This is one of the most beautiful covers!

Jenners said...

This is a gorgeous cover ... and it does sound like a nice read. Hope you get your copy soon so the torture is over!

Diane said...

I picked this one last week; cover is gorgeous and book sounds great!

SmilingSally said...

This one sounds great. Thanks for the tip.

Sheila DeChantal said...

This looks like a great read. As far as what I am waiting for, nothing comes to mind at the moment. I am actually fullfilled (for the moment) with the books I have.....


LOL (ok I tried to type that without laughing...)

Debbie said...

This does look like the type of book I swoon over! Thanks for introducing it to us.

Rebecca :) said...

This looks absolutely wonderful! Thank you for the post. I missed it somehow on the other blogs? Maybe it is because I am embarrassingly behind on my Reader!! Thanks again.

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