Recipe for Persuasion

Sonali Dev’s Recipe for Persuasion is the connection you need in this time of lost connection! Ashna and Rico’s misunderstandings and deep bond sizzle in the kitchen and in our hearts. Add this to your list!

 

Synopsis:

A modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion set in modern day California features Ashna, the chef who is frozen in time by her grief, and Rico, the world-famous soccer star who comes back for closure.

 

Review:

I really enjoyed reading Sonali Dev’s first novel in this series, Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors, so I knew I had to read her next in the series: Recipe for Persuasion! After all, Persuasion is my absolute favorite of the Jane Austen novels. Despite always being a little apprehensive reading books that are modern adaptations of Jane Austen (all the previous tries have been subpar in my opinion), I was intrigued by this cultural take.

It did NOT disappoint! It’s the best adaptation I’ve read thus far! I’m a hard one to impress, I’ll be the first to admit, so this is quite a feat! Sonali Dev really hit it out of the park with this one.

The story of Ashna and Rico is so heartwarming, tender, and frustrating (in the best Persuasion fashion). I adore the continuation of the foodie theme in this Raje Family series and find the way that aspect was used very endearing. Another bonus is the way Dev weaves the normal strands of Austen’s classic with her own vision. Recipe for Persuasion relies on a huge backstory of family connection and loss, that really gives the characters added depth. I love getting a closer look at the Raje family, how they are there for each other, and how they’ve even let each other down. It’s very powerful and works so well with the Persuasion plot line, moving this modern retelling to a blend of romance and rich family drama.
 
Thank you to William Morrow for a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
 

Book Details

Recipe for Persuasion
(The Rajes #2)
by Sonali Dev
Paperback, 464 pages
Expected publication: May 26th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Summary

Sonali Dev's Recipe for Persuasion is the connection you need in this time of lost connection! It's the best Jane Austen adaptation I've read thus far and I'm a hard one to impress! The story of Ashna and Rico is so heartwarming, tender, and frustrating (in the best Persuasion fashion). This modern retelling is a romance blended with a rich family drama. Add this to your list!

— Cassie
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