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The Marriage Clock
The Marriage Clock: A Novel | Zara Raheem
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In Zara Raheems fresh, funny, smart debut, a young, Muslim-American woman is given three months to find the right husband or else her traditional Indian parents will find one for hera novel with a universal story that everyone can relate to about the challenges of falling in love. To Leila Abids traditional Indian parents, finding a husband in their South Asian-Muslim American community is as easy as match, meet, marry. But for Leila, a marriage of arrangement clashes with her lifelong dreams of a Bollywood romance which has her convinced that real love happens before marriage, not the other way around. Finding the right husband was always part of her life-plan, but after 26 years of singledom, even Leila is starting to get nervous. And to make matters worse, her parents are panicking, the neighbors are talking, and shes wondering, are her expectations just too high? So Leila decides its time to stop dreaming and start dating. She makes a deal with her parents: theyll give her three months, until their 30th wedding anniversary, to find a husband on her own terms. But if she fails, theyll take over and arrange her marriage for her. With the stakes set, Leila succumbs to the impossible mission of satisfying her parents expectations, while also fulfilling her own western ideals of love. But after a series of speed dates, blind dates, online dates and even ambush dates, the sparks just dont fly! And now, with the marriage clock ticking, and her 3-month deadline looming in the horizon, Leila must face the consequences of what might happen if she doesnt find the one
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DebinHawaii
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#MOvember #catchup
Work has been so busy lately that I feel like I am running on fumes so I really #cherish a little #metime when I can unwind. Of course a gorgeous view of the bay, cold brew coffee with coconut milk, avocado toast with spicy garlic aioli & a book are cherished parts of my Saturday morning as well. This book doesn‘t have much love but it‘s a library e-book so I‘m going in to see what I think. Happy Saturday Everyone! 🌺

Linsy That view, that food ... everything looks amazing!!! 2w
TrishB Looks gorgeous 💜 2w
Cinfhen OMG!!! I can‘t take this photo!!! So beautiful 😍 2w
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Cathythoughts 💙💙💙 2w
BarbaraBB This is sooooo beautiful 😍😍 2w
britt_brooke Gah!!!! Stunning. 2w
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“Sometimes the scene ends with just us, on our own, picking up the broken pieces so that we can start over again. Sometimes it‘s letting go of cultural expectations in order to pave our own paths for the future. Or sometimes, the happy ending is simply moving forward.”

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DGRachel
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The carrier pigeon has arrived! Got my next set of #tailoredbookrecommendations today, and I‘m looking forward to these. A little concerned about the miserable Litsy rating on the tagged book, but it is one of the books I bought on #bookstoreromanceday a few weeks ago. A.J. Fikry has been on my radar for a while, and this could be just the push I need to finally read it. Elif Shafak is new to me, but the book looks good. Fingers crossed!

Victoriahoperose I love AJ Fikry. It‘s one of my favorites. 2mo
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Leila has three months to find herself a husband before her parents get to find him for her. For most of the story, as she‘s trying to find “the one,” Leila seems immature and judgmental. Of course, she does grow and learn through her experiences—but this only leads to an ending that, to me, felt abrupt and unsatisfying. I get it, but as a romance lover, I was disappointed.

#Booked2019: Muslim author or MC
#BookishBingo: Borrowed from the library

Cinfhen Sounds a little predictable but cute, nonetheless ❤️ 2mo
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bookandbedandtea
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This is the first time in MONTHS that I've been able to read a book in one sitting & it felt good.
I didn't like this as much as I expected to. I just couldn't warm up to the MC. She seemed really petulant & immature; more like a sullen teenager than a woman in her mid-twenties. Her snap judgments & expectation that she would have a romance straight out of Bollywood annoyed me by the end of the book. I'm torn about the end. See spoilers below. ⬇️

bookandbedandtea As a mother I approve of her deciding not to settle and to choose to be happy with herself, her friends, and her career and to not rush into marriage on anyone else's timeline. As a reader I was looking for a happier (romantic) ending. 3mo
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bookandbedandtea
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Yes Leila, please relax just a little. 🙃

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bookandbedandtea
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I have a day to myself and I'm starting this. 😊

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Preciouz29
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Tbh, I‘m a happily ever after kind of gal, but I enjoyed the book and the ending. This was funny and I liked that she went from in realistic to realistic. I read this in a day while sitting by the pool!

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Panpan

I so wanted/expected to adore this book. Unfortunately, rather than a 26-year-old teacher, the main character came across as an immature, whiny early teen. There were glimmers of good in a couple of short interchanges with secondary/tertiary characters and in some descriptions of Indian Muslim traditions. Overall, it was really unpleasant.

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Liberty
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🎉IT‘S NEW BOOK DAY!🎉 Here are some of today‘s new books! There are several more out today that I am excited about, including Jade War by Fonda Lee, The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry, Skulls! by Blair Thornburgh, The Possession by Michael Rutger, My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams, Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch, and Screen Tests: Stories and Other Writing by Kate Zambreno. What are you excited to read? 📚❤️📚

AutumnRLS I've heard really good things about Reasons to be Cheerful. :) 4mo
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Lauren.Archer
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The Marriage Clock was such a delightful book to read. This seems to be the year of arranged marriage books. But I found this one different from books like Unmarriageable and Ayesha at Last.

To read my full review please visit: https://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/07/06/the-marriage-clock/

Thank you NetGalley and William Morrow Paperbacks for an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book, for an honest opinion.

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Lisas.Library
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A young Indian woman must find herself a husband in three months or her traditional Indian parents will matchmake one for her.

Release date July 23, 2019
@WilliamMorrowBooks

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Started my rainy Sunday by going out to a kickass brunch with my sister and cousin, then I curled up on my couch the rest of the afternoon with this cute #netgalley arc!

The book was okay, I thought the cultural aspects of Leila‘s struggle to find a husband differently than her parents would were compelling but the plot itself was just a little thin. Overall a fun diverse romance read to look forward to in July!