The Bride Test by Helen Hoang is the official May Pick for the Peanut Blossom Book Club for Recovering Readers.
The cover of this month's book kept drawing my attention every time I'd do a browse through the Target book section. Finally, curiosity got the better of me and I had to check it out.
This unique love story begins with a mom attempting to arrange a marriage for her autistic son. Though it is definitely 100% a romance novel centered on the interactions between the son and the woman his mom finds, it made me think about what great lengths moms will go to for their children.
This book seemed like just the perfect fit for the month of Mother's Day. I hope that it helps you escape and enjoy a little relaxing break!
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May's Official Book Club Pick: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
With a 4.5 star rating from almost 2,000 reviews, I’m pleased to announce that it is our official May Pick for this year.
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- You can get the book from your library.
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What is The Bride Test about?
"Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he's defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.
As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can't turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn't go as planned. Esme's lessons in love seem to be working...but only on herself. She's hopelessly smitten with a man who's convinced he can never return her affection.
With Esme's time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he's been wrong all along. And there's more than one way to love."
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