The Marriage Clock by: Zara Raheem

” To Leila Abid’s traditional Indian parents, finding a husband is as easy as match, meet, marry. Yes, she wants to marry, but after 26 years of singledom, even Leila is starting to get nervous. And to make matters worse, her parents are panicking, the neighbors are talking, and she’s wondering, are her expectations just too high?

But for Leila, a marriage of arrangement clashes with her lifelong dreams of a Bollywood romance, where real love happens before marriage, not the other way around. So she decides it’s time to stop dreaming and start dating.

It’s an impossible mission of satisfying her parents’ expectations, while also fulfilling her own western ideals of love. But after a series of speed dates, blind dates, online dates and even ambush dates, the sparks just don’t fly Now, with the marriage clock ticking, and her 3-month deadline looming in the horizon, Leila must face the consequences of what might happen if she doesn’t find “the one…” “

Most of the books I pick up, the cover attracts me as does the back of the book blurb. I know a lot of people who will read other reviews before reading a book but personally, that’s not my style. Going in without knowing anything, other than what’s revealed on the back of the book, has never lead me wrong…usually. nervous laughter

Based on the cover, title, and back of the book blurb, I was expecting to read an adult contemporary romance…which, after reading this book, I would not classify “The Marriage Clock.” This book is contemporary but there is no HEA/HFN (happily ever after/happy for now) when it comes to any of the men Leila meets…which is a standard for any romance novel. Instead, this contemporary book focuses more on Leila and her evolution of self and figuring out what she really wants.

I’m not going to lie, as I thought I was going to get an ACR (adult contemporary romance) I felt a little sad at the end when there was no sign of a HEA/HFN with a specific partner. Seeing how Leila, in the past, had never dated anyone more than two weeks, and so had never really had any emotional attachments to anyone romantically…this book did actually do right by her and didn’t push her into marriage with someone she just met and instead helped her learn more about who she is and what she really wants out of a partnership.

It would be nice to see another book, set within this universe, so we’d be able to see more of Leila and her overall development even if she was a secondary character rather than the lead. Overall I enjoyed this story and look forward to seeing what else Zara writes in the future.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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