Finding Mr Perfectly Fine

'I couldn't put it down' Sara Desai

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Pub Date 7 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 21 Jul 2022

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Last week I turned 29. Along with the usual homemade Victoria sponge, helium balloon and Selfridges gift vouchers, my Mum's birthday present to me was the threat that if I'm not engaged by my 30th birthday, she's sending me off to the Motherland to find a fresh-from-the-Desh husband.

When Zara's Mum puts together the most archaic of arranged marriage resources (not exactly the romcom-worthy love story she had envisioned for herself), she is soon exhausted by her family's failed attempts to set her up with every vaguely suitable Abdul, Ahmed and Farook that they can find. Zara decides to take matters into her own hands. How hard can it be to find a husband at twenty-nine?
With just a year to go, time is of the essence, so Zara joins a dating app and signs up for speed dating. She meets Hamza, a kind British Egyptian who shares her values and would make a good husband. Zara knows that not all marriages are based on love (or lust) at first sight but struggles with the lack of spark. Particularly when she can't stop thinking of someone else . . .
As her next birthday looms, and family pressure intensifies, Zara knows she must make a decision, but will she make the right one?

Last week I turned 29. Along with the usual homemade Victoria sponge, helium balloon and Selfridges gift vouchers, my Mum's birthday present to me was the threat that if I'm not engaged by my 30th...

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This is a quick and easy read that left me rooting for Zara the whole way through. I loved the writing style, the character development and the stoyline had me captivated right from the start. I loved it.

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This was such a heart warming read. Made me Lol. The ending wasn’t how I expected and was slightly disappointed she didn’t get her happy ever after but it was really well written and very relatable.

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Wow! What a debut!
I've recently been trying to read more books from authors of the same heritage as mine- South Asian, and to be honest, I've been mostly disappointed, kind of fed up of the shame they weave into their stories about their upbringing, having a dual personality and the oppression they feel from their culture, religion and parents - albeit being true for them. So it's true to say I started this book thinking it would be the same. But boy was I wrong.
Firstly I would like to congratulate the author on portraying a story heaped in culture and with nothing to be ashamed of, everything explained with endearing love, lots of explanations for anyone who is unaware and whilst this is done subtly the main story was funny, had me laughing out loud at times, heart racing at others and I genuinely felt sad too.

This book reminded me of Rachel's Holiday- the tongue in cheek humour that I've only ever found in a Marian Keyes book, with a dark and heartbreaking story underlying it. Zara is funny, she's cheeky, she's an intelligent successful British Asian Muslim woman. She's trying to overcome the obstacles of both of her cultures , trying to respect her religious beliefs in finding her Mr Perfectly Fine. Now does she listen to her heart or her mind?
A lighthearted read, endearing characters, this book had me rooting for Zara and sometimes willing her to make different choices. You will not be disappointed.
I will definitely be looking forward to a sequel to this story. In fact I already can't wait.
Thank you to Netgalley for this ARC. I have already ordered a paperback for myself.

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I really, thoroughly enjoyed this story. I loved the insight into a culture that is different to my own and I appreciated the opportunity to learn more. Other than the informative element, i thought the characters were all really well written and explained. So much so that I could picture the characters as they reacted to different events throughout.

I would have loved to find out more after the epilogue, but I understand that to find out more, would possibly mean missing the point that was made throughout the story / on Zara's journey. I am so glad that Zara was able to get closure over a truly traumatic incident, and that she was able to see she had a lot of support around her.

I thought this book was written beautifully and I would definitely read other books by this author.

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