Blog Tour: “A Distant Heart” by Sonali Dev – Review & Giveaway!

Celebrate the Release of A DISTANT HEART!

Infused with the rhythms of life in modern-day India, acclaimed author Sonali Dev’s candid, rewarding novel beautifully evokes all the complexities of the human heart in A DISTANT HEART.

“Searingly asks its characters what they’re willing to do for the people they love… explores family dynamics, class issues, and many layers of guilt, hope, and determination in ways that are both distinctly Indian and universally luminous. Another beautiful, breathtaking novel from a not-to-be-missed author.” – Kirkus, STARRED Review

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Title: A Distant Heart
Author: Sonali Dev
Genre: Romantic Women’s Fiction
Release Date: December 26, 2017
Publisher: Kensington
Page Count: 100k
Print ISBN: 978-1496705761
Digital ISBN: B06XZR97YK

Synopsis: Her name means “miracle” in Sanskrit, and to her parents, that’s exactly what Kimaya is. The first baby to survive after several miscarriages, Kimi grows up in a mansion at the top of Mumbai’s Pali Hill, surrounded by love and privilege. But at eleven years old, she develops a rare illness that requires her to be confined to a germ-free ivory tower in her home, with only the Arabian Sea churning outside her window for company. . . . Until one person dares venture into her world.

Tasked at fourteen years old with supporting his family, Rahul Savant shows up to wash Kimi’s windows, and an unlikely friendship develops across the plastic curtain of her isolation room. As years pass, Rahul becomes Kimi’s eyes to the outside world–and she becomes his inspiration to better himself by enrolling in the police force. But when a life-saving heart transplant offers the chance of a real future, both must face all that ties them together and keeps them apart.

As Kimi anticipates a new life, Rahul struggles with loving someone he may yet lose. And when his investigation into an organ black market ring run by a sociopathic gang lord exposes dangerous secrets that cut too close to home, only Rahul’s deep, abiding connection with Kimi can keep her safe–and reveal the true meaning of courage, loss, and second chances.

Infused with the rhythms of life in modern-day India, acclaimed author Sonali Dev’s candid, rewarding novel beautifully evokes all the complexities of the human heart.

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Review

Another wonderful read by Sonal Dev! Set among the backdrop of Mumbai this is the fourth book in the Bollywood series by Dev. I’ve read every book in the series except for The Bollywood Bride and I’ve enjoyed all of them. Though the stories and characters connect with one another the books in this series, for the most part, can be read as standalone novels. The main characters of this story are Rahul and Kimi. Both come from different backgrounds and end up becoming friends after tragic circumstances that tie them together. In this story they both are on the run from danger while trying to sort out their feelings out for one another. It’s obvious that Kimi has loved Rahul since they were younger, but Rahul has yet to confront their feelings. While hiding in safety the two learn more about each other and help each other to move on from their troubled pasts.

What I love most about Dev’s books and this one especially is her rich and immersive writing. I truly felt that I was put in the characters shoes, seeing what they were seeing and understanding how they were feeling. Her detailed descriptions of the sights, sounds, and culture/customs make the reader feel like they are a part of the story. Though there was romance I liked that it was slow-burning. The main characters know how they feel about one another, but they still have to work through some obstacles before getting to the final point. I also enjoyed all of the action scenes that had me on edge. It made the plot very exciting and suspenseful!

If you are looking for a rich, diverse romance full of action and complex characters that feel realistic, you should not miss out on A Distant Heart!

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About Sonali Dev

Sonali Dev’s first literary work was a play about mistaken identities performed at her neighborhood Diwali extravaganza in Mumbai. She was eight years old. Despite this early success, Sonali spent the next few decades getting degrees in architecture and writing, migrating across the globe, and starting a family while writing for magazines and websites. With the advent of her first gray hair her mad love for telling stories returned full force, and she now combines it with her insights into Indian culture to conjure up stories that make a mad tangle with her life as supermom, domestic goddess, and world traveler.
Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs with her very patient and often amused husband and two teens who demand both patience and humor, and the world’s most perfect dog.
Sonali’s novels have been on Library Journal, NPR, Washington Post, and Kirkus’s lists of Best Books of the year. She won the American Library Association’s award for best romance 2014, and is a RITA® finalist, RT Reviewer Choice Award Nominee, and winner of the RT Seal of Excellence. She was hailed by NPR.org as a ‘stunning debut’.
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FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Barclay Publicity in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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