Book Review: The Wedding Season, Su Dharmapala

| 17 January , 2013 | Reply

Shani is 32, has a great job and owns her own home in Melbourne, but – much to her mother’s disappointment – Shani is also single, but she’s really happy!

Just as the Sri Lankan wedding season begins, the stars align and Shani’s horoscope reveals that now is the right get married! After a lot of persistence from Shani’s mother and encouragement from her three best friends, Amani, Tehara andUna, Shani finally agrees to meet some marriage prospects.

As the Sri Lankan wedding season kicks off, Shani feels more pressure as young Sri Lankan men are shoved at her left right and centre. Then a frustrated Shani makes a ridiculous deal with her mother in the hope that the demands will give her time to enjoy her life as she wishes.  If her mother can come up with 101 men who are are a match for her horoscope, who measure over 5 feet 6 inches tall and don’t live with their mothers then Shani will meet them but only during the the wedding season which lasts 90 days.

To be honest, I struggled with the first few chapters of The Wedding Season. I just couldn’t ‘get into’ the story, but one wedding, one birth and a few hilarious dates later, I started to enjoy it. And then the story threw in a twist I did not see coming. After that, I could not put it down!

The Wedding Season is a sometimes funny and sometimes heartbreaking novel jam packed with culture. It is not just a story about finding Mr Right, but also acknowledges that love that can be found amongst family and friends.

Available now: Simon & Schuster RRP$29.99.


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