Book Review : Destination Wedding by Diksha Basu
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Hello my friend. Thank you for stopping by today. I’ve got another book review available today! This time it’s Destination Wedding by Diksha Basu.
*Disclaimer : I received a free copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
First off, I have to come clean, I am in the midst of a pretty major reading slump, and have fallen 4 books behind my Goodreads challenge goal to finish on target. I know I can catch up, but I’ve also fallen behind on my NetGalley titles, so I’m determined to bust my way out of this thing! (I know, it’s very trivial considering the state of the world right now, but it’s where I am, personally.)
Anywho – below you’ll find the description of the book provided by NetGalley followed by my personal review and star rating.
When Tina Das finds herself at a crossroads both professionally and personally, she wonders if a weeklong trip to Delhi for her cousin’s lavish wedding might be just the right kind of escape. Maybe a little time away from New York will help get her mind straight about her stalled career, her recent breakup, and her nagging suspicion that she’ll never feel as at home in America as she does in India. Tina hopes this destination wedding, taking place at Delhi’s poshest country club, Colebrookes, will be the perfect way to reflect and unwind.
But with the entire Das family in attendance, a relaxing vacation is decidedly not in the cards. Her amicably divorced parents are each using the occasion to explore new love interests—for her mother, a white American boyfriend, for her father, an Indian widow arranged by an online matchmaker—and Tina’s squarely in the middle. A former fling is unexpectedly on the guest list, a work opportunity is blurring the lines of propriety on several fronts, and her best friend Marianne’s terrible penchant for international playboys is poised to cause all sorts of chaos back home. The accommodations are swanky, the alcohol is top-shelf, but this family wedding may be more drama than Tina can bear and could finally force her to make the choices she’s spent much of her life avoiding.
Infused with warmth and charm, Destination Wedding grapples with the nuances of family, careers, belonging, and how we find the people who make a place feel like home.
My Review :
I loved this book from cover to cover. I have a huge thing for imagery, so when details are so spot on that I can picture a scene perfectly, I get pretty smitten.
Tina, Marianne, Neel, Radha, and all of the supporting cast of characters tell such an inviting story, that I am seriously hoping that we get a sequel.
Our story centers around the wedding of Shefali and Pavan. However, we only get small glimpses of them here and there weaves into the storylines of our main characters. (Another thing I love is when books change point of view each chapter – it really holds my attention a lot longer.) The setting is Delhi, but we are also whisked to New York in flashbacks.
The characters that really shine for me here was the eccentric wedding planner who goes by the name Bubbles – and, of course, Nono.
All in all, the setting combined with the descriptions of the food and drink made me want to hop on a plane! (I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot recently with the books I’ve been reading, so of course, I’ll blame COVID.)
This would be a fantastic, socially distanced, beach read!