February 07, 2020

#BookReview: Then, Now, Always by @monashroffwrite @HarlequinBooks


Synopsis: She needs him. But does he want her? 

Maya Rao has made her own dreams come true: she’s the owner of a bustling café and bakery in New York and the mother of a beautiful teenage daughter, Samantha. 

But when Samantha lands in legal trouble over a misdemeanor she didn’t commit, Maya is desperate. 

Desperate enough to call Samantha’s dad, Sam Hutcherson, whom Maya left abruptly many years ago, and who is now a successful lawyer. The problem? Sam doesn’t know he has a daughter.

Sam has put Maya firmly in his past, despite how shattered he was when she broke his heart. So he’s both dumbfounded and furious to find Maya outside his office asking for his help—with a picture of a girl who looks just like him.

 But as Sam reconnects with Maya, those old sparks begin to fly. Can he even picture a future with the woman who wrecked his past?


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Rating: ★★★★★
My Review: 
I don't read many adult titles but when I saw this one I fell in love with the cover and just had to read it.  Once I started the story I was drawn in and became addicted to the story and fell in love with the characters.  This one is told in alternating time lines as well as a dual POV and it worked wonderfully!! I don't think this story could have been told any other way. It was one of those stories that is a slow burn and so worth the ride.  You find out tidbits about what in the world happened tear this family apart as they found each other again.  I will seriously be adding this to this years awards because it was just that good.  The author has so much culture in this story that I would love to know more about it.  She added two of the recipes in the back of the book that I can not wait to try out.  And an epilogue that made me cry happy tears as I was finishing up the story that has touched my heart so much!

Don't miss this debut!!


Go Into This One Knowing: Dual POV, Dual Time Lines, Indian Culture, Blended Culture 







“Shroff manages to make several of romance’s most enduring tropes feel fresh in her cute contemporary debut…[Sam and Maya’s] sweet second-chance romance is rendered with nimble prose, quick plotting, and rich cultural details, making it clear that Shroff is a writer to watch.”— Publishers Weekly


"A sweet angsty romance with a second chance for two people struggling to overcome the harsh mistakes of their past."--Sonali Dev, author of Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors

"Mona Shroff weaves a sweet and heartwarming romance of forgiveness and second chances, and the lies we tell in the name of love. Sam and Maya are utterly unforgettable." -Falguni Kothari, author of The Object of Your Affections

"This was the kind of story that lives and breathes with you...the kind where the characters stick with you long after you're done. The fact they looked like me made it all the more real." -Shaila Patel, author of Soulmated









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