Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Marriage Game ” by Sara Desai, Berkley, June 9, 2020
Sara Desai, author of “The Marriage Game” has written an entertaining, witty, and delightful novel. The genres for this book are Contemporary Fiction, Romantic Comedy, and Women’s Fiction. The timeline for this story is set in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The author describes her colorful set of characters as deliciously flawed, complex, and conflicted.
Layla Patel returns home to her family in San Franciso, after not succeeding in love or business in New York. Her parents do Indian cooking in a restaurant located in a building. There are other offices in this building, and Layla’s father tells her not to worry, and she can take the office upstairs which is rented. He will take care of that small fact. Unfortunately, her father winds up in the hospital after having a heart attack.
Sam Mehta, is a partner in a company that downsizes companies and is headed for his new office when he meets Layla. Both Sam and Layla argue who should have the office. Layla has a friend/cousin, Daisy, who helps her but comes to work with a dog. This irritates Sam even more. Both come up with a unique solution and have a contest that is like a game. Meanwhile, they are sharing the office.
Unknown to Layla, is that her father has signed her up on an online marriage site. Now potential suitors are contacting the office. It is really difficult to see whether Layla or Sam gets the last word in. Somehow, both argue, but there seems to be a very strong attachment. How is this situation going to work out? Will Layla find her husband?
I appreciate that the author discusses the importance of family, friends, loyalty, communication, honesty, love, and hope. I enjoyed reading this story and recommend it.