A Goodreads giveaway is scheduled from July 13 - July 20, 2015. Two copies of the book will be given away.
GENRES: Multicultural Romance, Christian Romance
AUDIENCE: Adult and Young Adult
PUBLISHER: 2 Square 2 Be Hip (Self-published)
When first-born daughter Melanie Koo agrees to marry her friend Melvin at the suggestion of their mothers, she didn’t feel she had a choice—she couldn’t disappoint Ma and Ba. She would learn to love him over time…or at least that was the plan until Ben Peters unexpected dropped into the picture.
In True To You, the second installment of the Taking Chances Series, Liwen Ho spins a lovely and emotional story of cross-boundary love. After growing up in Hong Kong, Melanie moved with her family to the United States during her sophomore year of high school. A decade later, while in her second year of residency specializing in Pediatrics, Melanie is ready to get married.
Unfortunately, though, she doesn’t want to marry the man who fits the bill on paper (a man with the four Cs: Chinese, Christian, Cash, and Career), who is also the one she already agreed to marry.
Perfectly capturing the awkwardness and butterflies that come with meeting a new love interest, Ho introduces Ben. After one chance encounter at the grocery store, Melanie thinks she can forget his swoon-worthy dimples and handsome face, but another chance encounter sets them on a path neither wants to leave despite the potential for family disaster and disappointment.
With a practiced hand, Ho gives insight to a complex Asian American experience—one of deep-rooted culture, family obligations, traditions, and high expectations for the first-born daughter. It’s a story that plays out in many American immigrant households but is not well known to people outside those bounds. At times the novella is a little too dependent on dialogue and explanatory personal thoughts of the characters to move the story forward, but these are the only two main weaknesses. Overall, Ho has crafted a cute, charming story, doing a great job lightening heavier topics by using humor and excellently conveying true emotions.
Weaving in faith, hope, race, and family struggles, True To You is a fresh, humorous, and heart-warming take on modern love. Particularly relatable tothose with immigrant parents or those who have gone through trials and tribulations of interracial relationships, the novella is a quick and easy read for anyone looking for a short romantic story. Perfect both as a standalone work and as a piece to be read within the Taking Chances Series.
4 stars out of 5
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Genevieve Shifke Ali is an Assistant Editor with an independent publishing house. She writes occasionally on her blog genevieveshifkeali.wordpress.com and can be found on Twitter @GShifkeAli.