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Book Review: Goodness Gracious Gracie by Anya Wylde

Goodness Gracious Gracie by Anya Wylde
 

Goodness Gracious Gracie by Anya Wylde

Summary:

(Goodreads)

Grace Dixie, a young woman from a small town in Texas, has had her heart broken. She decides that the best way to deal with such a situation is to pack her bags and move to a new country. Luck is on her side, and she quickly gets a job as a runner on a documentary being filmed in India.

Thus, begins her roller-coaster ride filled with mad decisions, new friendships, curries, stomach aches and forbidden romance.
 

Goodness Gracious Gracie by Anya Wylde
Title: Goodness Gracious Gracie
Author: Anya Wylde
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Amazon CreateSpace (May 24th 2018)
Genre: Rom-Com, India
Read: ebook

Stars: ★★★★★
Buy On: Amazon US | Amazon India

 
 
 

My Review:

Note: I received a complimentary ARC copy of this book from the author and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.

Cover: Simple and nice but not just ‘it’.

Paper and font: Easy on the eyes.

Readability, language: Simple and Funny.

Why did I pick this book: I absolutely love Anya Wylde’s writing style with a touch of Wodehouse, RK Narayan, Heyer, and her very own sense of humour that has me rolling with laughter. Her books are the perfect ‘pick-me-up’. Now, on to Goodness Gracious Gracie.

Like Indian food, it’s like nothing else

Gracie, runs away from her family vacation to join the crew of a documentary film being shot on an Indian business tycoon. Her best friend is getting engaged; she had presumed they would have a happily ever after and now she’s heart broken. She’s running away from it all to India, only the tycoon youngest son is smoulderingly handsome and nothing goes according to Gracie’s plans.

An alliterative title, Goodness Gracious Gracie rolls of the tongue nicely and suits the heroine and theme perfectly. The cover though nice, didn’t please me over much. I’ve loved Wylde’s previous covers and this one I feel lacks the oomph.

Goodness Gracious Gracie is a cliched romance plot thrown into the pan with Indian spices and served with a tadka. From the moment the heroine meets the hero at the start of the book, I knew what was coming, the heated chemistry, the stolen moments, the denial, the resistance, the final submission… it’s all there, and yet like Indian food, it’s like nothing else.

An ‘Indianess’ not seen often

Like her previous book in the Monsoon Series, Love Muffin and Chai Latte, Goodness Gracious Gracie is also set in India, in Mumbai and Goa during the peak of the Monsoon. Anya Wylde uses Indian people, our culture, the climate & weather, the cities and all that’s Indian to further her story. Her grasp of India and it’s nuances has me impressed.

There is an ‘Indianess’ to her writing, an understanding of India not seen often in non-Indian writers and it shows in her Indian characters. Gracie Dixie is a Texan gal, and half the crew is a Irish but everyone else in Indian. The hero Veer is a tall, dark and handsome millionaire, kind, thoughtful and family oriented, the man of many an Indian girl’s dreams.

His family seems perfectly cut out of an Ekta Kapoor serial – Paramjeet, a patriarchal father who’ll do anything to further his business, Ranjeet, a good-for-nothing son who doles out profound wisdom, a second son Cuckoo, who’s happy with a simple life, Natasha, a rebellious self-made daughter fighting the patriarchy and Veer, the dutiful youngest son, poised to take over the empire.

A romantic comedy with a strong feminist streak

The heroine, Gracie Dixie, has all the aplomb and niceness of a Texan girl. She embraces and experiences India with a naivety that Anya Wylde uses to hilarious effect. I’m still laughing about her first experience of a Mumbai flood and her fear of drowning in knee-deep water.

Goodness Gracious Gracie is a romantic comedy with a strong feminist streak. All the women in the story have strong characters and issues they must battle. Paramjeet’s Irish second wife, Liz who will forever be a foreigner in the land she has adopted, ice queen Mia, who has little soft spots in her hard exterior, fiery Natasha, who’s rebellion on a matter of prickle may cost her everything and Smita, who loves Ranjeet but cannot tell him.

Parting thoughts

Anya Wylde has drawn out an engaging tale, a feel good romance with the right amount of steaminess, adventure, drama and excitement. I couldn’t put the book down once I started. The book sets a good pace until climax with relevant sub-plots and intrigues that add to the story.

Why are you still here? Go get Goodness Gracious Gracie and get started. And while your at it, buy Anya Wylde’s other books too, you’re not going to be stopping at one. 😀

Buy On: Amazon US | Amazon India

About the Author:

 
Anya Wylde lives in Ireland along with her husband and a fat French poodle (now on a diet). She can cook a mean curry, and her idea of exercise is occasionally stretching her toes. She holds a degree in English literature and adores reading and writing. She blogs at anyawylde.blogspot.in.

 
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May 29, 2018   No Comments

Amazon Original Breathe: Why You Should Watch

Amazon Original Breathe

Amazon Original Breathe

TV Must Change!

 
5 years ago, Che and I gave up on TV, we realised we were not watching anything worthwhile, mostly we were surfing channels, killing time. However this move didn’t reduce our screen time, nah, but it did now become more quality screen time as we became selective about what we watched, even in what we binge watched.

Having access to content though isn’t enough, as most good content is non-Indian. I’ve grown up to Hum-Log, Nukkad, Hum Panch, Udaan, Malgudi Days and the like, and have longed for good, meaningful entertainment for many years, ever since Kyuki… So… Ofcourse I’m thrilled to see Amazon and the like investing in making a series of Indian ‘Original Series’.

Giants like Amazon investing in Originals in India, ups the ante, it makes for more varied quality entertainment, gives a lot of actors and artists more prospects and opportunities, and finally gives the Sony’s and Zee’s a run for their money and TRP’s. I’d like to see small production houses that have been creating great content on Youtube getting the backing of these big boys, I’d like to see them create more of their brand of content. We so so need good Indian entertainment!

Second Indian Amazon Original Breathe

 
Moving on, the second Indian Amazon Original Breathe has finished airing and I have thoughts on it, but lets start with a gist of the story.

Amazon Original Breathe

Amazon Original Breathe

Josh, a 6 year old with -AB negative blood has a congenital lung disease. He has 6 months to live unless he can get a transplant. However there are obstacles, Josh’s blood group is rare and he is 4th on the recipient list. His father Danny, who had promised his mother before she died to take care of their son, decides to take matters into his own hands and move his son up the ladder by killing donors.

Parallel Plot: Kabir Sawant, – an alcoholic cop, in the middle of a divorce and recovering from his daughter’s tragic death – starts to notice discrepancies in the deaths of citizens. He starts to investigate and as he tracks down the killer, he finds himself getting personally involved.

Anything more might be a spoiler…

Breathe Amazon Prime Original

Breathe Amazon Prime Original

My Two Paise…

 
Let’s start at the beginning. The core idea of Breathe itself is ludicrous. That a man killing so many people just to save his son makes for a good story, is plain silly. But let’s keep the unbelievable away for a bit…

Danny finds out that Josh is 4th of the recipient list, his reaction – start killing donors. But why not kill recipients? Wouldn’t they be the more acceptable deaths? Wouldn’t that move Josh up the ladder faster? Why kill absolutely healthy people?

Why does a cop notice deaths of regular people? Yes, there are irregularities, but really, in a city like Mumbai would these deaths standout? And would an alcoholic cop with severe emotional trauma be able to notice? Really? Are we saying alcohol promotes productivity?

That said, I watched Breathe right to the end, all 8 episodes. I had to know the end, would they do the cliched, would they end with the only societally acceptable proper way out? Breathe didn’t disappoint.

Watching 8 episodes wasn’t traumatic, frankly I quite enjoyed it. The series is strong, dark, hard and in your face. The ideas are ludicrous yes, but the series is entertaining and acting good, even if a little over done. The plot rolls out well and I found myself wanting to see the next part, each time an episode ended.

The story is unbelievable, I’d never do what Danny chose to, the idea wouldn’t even occur to me, the fact that it’s expressed in so much detail in Breathe disturbs me. I’d have chosen to live out what’s left to it’s fullest and go with a bang, and leave the recipient list to destiny. But, that wouldn’t make for a story and that’s the reason you should watch the Amazon Original Breathe.

We need more Original content that is Indian, we need more varied content, more intelligent content, series length that is tied by storylines and not TRP’s, stories that are relevant to our time and lives. That is why more people must watch Breathe, the Amazon Prime Original and share their views, for these series must be encouraged and supported. TV must change!

I’ve been strong with my words and expressions, so let me be clear, I’d give Breathe 3.5/5, a sure watch. The freedom of imagination is a crucial freedom, what may be ludicrous in my imagination world can be real in another’s. So, this world of Breathe could be real and when seen that way, this Amazon Original Series, Breathe is entertainment packed!

February 28, 2018   No Comments