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TheEmmaProject“With the gorgeous prose and poignancy that defines her body of work, Sonali Dev delivers a sexy, gender-flipped reimagining of another Austen classic with The Emma Project. This book brings the Raje series to a supremely satisfying conclusion. Readers will fall hard for Vansh while rooting for Naina to finally find the happiness and fulfillment that’s eluded her for so long.” Jamie Beck, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller

“Funny, sexy, and has the ultimate grumpy sunshine pairing! I loved free-spirited Vansh and sensible Naina’s chemistry as they learned that despite their differences, they truly bring out the best in each other. With the perfect amount of family drama, and a bonus HEA in memorable side characters, the final book in this amazing series cannot be missed! —Farah Heron, Author of Accidentally Engaged and Kamila Knows Best

“All the Sonali Dev emotion with a couple who may be her most FUN to date. Then again I fear to say ‘fun’ because there are definitely a lot of serious emotions that the characters have to work through. Never fear, Dev will guide you through their journeys with a deft hand. Have kleenex ready but be careful what you’re drinking because you might just spew your beverage with laughter, too.” – Sally Kilpatrick USA Today Bestselling Author

“The fourth and final installment in Dev’s series of Jane Austen adaptations brims with humor, wit, and pathos…Dev’s attention to detail—from descriptions of Naina’s Bollywood-inspired attire to her mother’s turns of phrase as she negotiates with English—brings every character to life and inspires instant empathy…The warmth of steady family ties complements the heat of intense sexual chemistry.” – Kirkus 

“Rich with heart-tugging emotion, witty banter, and delicious sensuality, The Emma Project is absolute romance perfection!”
Priscilla Oliveras, USA Today bestselling author of West Side Love Story

“Dev cleverly concludes her Jane Austen-inspired Rajes quartet with the unlikely union between the youngest and most attractive of the Rajes siblings, Vansh, and the spurned ex-fiancée of the previous novel, Naina. What seems like a mismatch at first turns out to be an unstoppable team when they discover their shared passion for philanthropy and their fierce sexual chemistry. Dev satisfyingly wraps up her diverse collection of characters, squeezing in another love story between ethereal Esha Raje and Sid Dashwood to round out the happily-ever-after’s, leaving devoted fans eager to see what she does next.” – Booklist

“Passion arises between two old friends in Dev’s endearing fourth Rajes romance. Sonali captures the true friendship between Naina and Vansh and addresses difficult subjects without dilution or pretension. Series fans won’t want to miss this.” –Publisher’s Weekly  


“A beautiful and moving story of grief and recovery, and loving people for who they are.” -Virginia R, Netgalley

“Why can’t all romance stories be this short, perfect and beautiful?!” –Reading Tamishly, Goodreads

“Ah, how I SWOONED…” -Dini K, Netgalley

“This story has everything you look for in a romance.” -Michele G, Netgalley

“Sonali is a master at writing my all-time favorite trope of second chance romance.” -Anna, Goodreads

“Wonderful, heartfelt writing and characters that made a lasting impression.” -Isabel T, Netgalley

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“Incense and Sensibility is a tender, well-crafted novel, as much about finding purpose as it is about falling in love. Dev writes with such rare empathy and humor that I often found myself holding my breath on one page only to be giggling by the next. This is the kind of book you finish with a whole-body, happy sigh and a warm ache in your chest where the characters will live on. Yash and India’s story will stick with me for a long time.” -Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read

“I ADORED this book. What a polished, sharp, sensual read. I felt each of the characters so deeply. Dev pulled me along by my veins. The writing is so lush and visceral; there are times she describes a feeling or action with such vibrance I had to stop and reread it and think about how she came up with that phrase. WHEW! This book holds a galaxy of depth in its pages; it is powerful and loving, sensual and layered. The writing, as always, is glorious. I’m genuinely so in love with it.” -Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author

“This incredibly romantic, modern re-imagining not only bravely addresses the importance of personal integrity in life (and politics), but also gives readers a hero and heroine they’ll fall madly in love with. Sonali Dev never gives her characters an easy out. In this book, the emotional pay-off for their hard-won journey is perfect.” Jamie Beck, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller

“A deeply emotional story of responsibility and impossible love that will appeal to fans of Austen’s classic. It also provides an incisive look at a current political landscape of division and violence, while adding an ultimately hopeful spin. The book’s subjects are often serious, but its ultimate focus on being true to oneself and one’s principles makes this a satisfying and uplifting romance.” Library Journal

“The story of trauma and recovery in the face of racist gun violence is timely… emotionally charged… deeply romantic. Dev excels at portraying the fond interconnectedness of the large Raje family… series fans will be happy to revisit the Rajes and be pleased by the sweet love story.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“Dev masterfully explores the darker moments of being human while leading the reader to a realistic, hard-won romantic end­ing. Incense and Sensibility shares its source text’s focus on family, but it also launches Austen’s novel into the 21st century with its emotional, complex survey of racial identity in America.”– BookPage


“A sumptuously multilayered story about the ways love gets tangled in family life and romantic relationships. Highly recommended.”Library Journal, STARRED Review

“Nuanced and powerful… balances the toe-curling romance with high-octane family drama…Dev’s candor and sensitivity in both story lines set this family-centric romance apart.”Publisher’s Weekly, STARRED Review

“This foodie release is a must-read.”Shereads, Most anticipated May releases

“Dev’s extended Austen universe continues to astonish, using the beloved second-chance romance Persuasion as a scaffolding for a complex, modern romance that celebrates courage, love and growth.” BookPage, Best Romance Novels of 2020.

“A delight from start to finish, both for Jane Austen fans looking for a fresh take and readers seeking deeply felt relationships and complicated family dynamics. In Dev’s world, the past is alive in the present; I was wholly engrossed and had plenty to think about. At the same time, the reality TV storyline added a thread of pure fun escapism–something all of us need right now.” Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times Bestseller

“No one writes like Sonali Dev. Recipe for Persuasion is a complex, thoughtful exploration of family dynamics, mothers and daughters, and the sorrows we often endure before we find our true place in life. A rich, delicious tale.” –Barbara O’Neal, Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author of When We Believed in Mermaids.

“Master storyteller Sonali Dev pens another fantastic Jane Austen retelling with this intricately layered tale of the complexities of familial and romantic love. Full of yearning and wit—and featuring a delicious hero—this book is not to be missed!”Jamie Beck, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller

“Sonali Dev does it again!  In a nod to Austen’s classic, Recipe for Persuasion dices up family drama, slow-boils the romance between Chef Ashna and footballer, Rico Silva, as they come to terms with their past and their current feelings Master Chef-style.
You will gobble up this Dev concoction like your favorite dessert … and then you’ll want seconds.” Falguni Kothari, USA Today Bestseller


“With humor, insight, and culinary descriptions so rich the tantalizing aromas practically waft from the pages, Dev’s latest draws readers into a tangled world of class, cultural, and political issues in a delicious riff on Pride and Prejudice.” – Library Journal, STARRED Review

“Every black sheep needs to bring this read on their next vacation.” Good Housekeeping

“Vivid and deliciously enticing, Dev’s storytelling is layered with emotional depth.. a flavorful harmony of cross-cultural unions, familial love, and an entertaining ensemble of characters that will leave readers with a serious craving for more.” NPR

142440690_2365788786900709_2354817152667621903_n“I don’t know what I loved the most about Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors. Was it how well Sonali Dev writes about family ties and how meaningful and painful they can be? Was it how passionate and dedicated her characters were for their chosen careers? Was it the fully realized love story between two complicated and sympathetic people? Or, my goodness, was it the food descriptions, which had me swooning? I can’t choose: all of these things came together to make a truly wonderful and joyous book.” – Jasmine Guillory, New York Times Bestseller

“Sonali Dev is unparalleled in the world of romantic fiction. Bursting with energy, color and vibrant characters, this novel is a delicious roller coaster of complex emotion, insight, family and fun.” Kristan Higgins, New York Times Bestseller

“Dev adroitly addresses matters of racism, classism, rape culture, and immigrant experiences in this entertaining contemporary story. A complex and riveting work.” Publisher’s Weekly

“This book kept me up till 3am. Sonali writes characters who are complicated and passionate individuals with vivid emotions – sometimes I want to yell at them and sometimes I want to hug them, but always, I want to know their story. Made my heart clench and my breath catch. I can’t wait for the next chapter of the Raje family.” – Nalini Singh, New York Times Bestseller

“Dev has a gorgeous lyric quality to her writing voice that she somehow manages to blend seamlessly with sharp humor and comedy, and I absolutely loved it. I really enjoyed meeting the Raje family—a truly delightful read.” – Suzanne Brockmann, New York Times Bestseller

“Faces such issues as cultural assimilation, familial forgiveness, and medical ethics head-on… mouthwatering… Ideal for romantics and foodies alike.” Booklist

“A vibrant multicultural feast written with a taste for the true nature of the American stew–not a mush of indecipherable flavors but a celebration of its many ingredients. Sonali Dev is a fresh, unique, and wise voice in women’s fiction.”
Barbara O’Neal, The Art of Inheriting Secrets

“This sumptuous novel is rich with complicated personal and family conflicts, mouthwatering food and the contrast of wealthy vs. modest in a sophisticated urban setting. Dev has a well-deserved reputation for excellence in multicultural women’s fiction and fans are certain to love this latest.” – Shelf Awareness

“This book is delicious! A window into a beautifully rich family and cultural life, and romance that made our hearts glow, Dev reminded us again why she has a place of honor on our bookshelves!” —Christina Lauren, New York Times Bestseller


“A gripping story of love, sacrifice and risk.” – PEOPLE Magazine

“A gorgeously written love story.” – National Public Radio

“Searingly asks its characters what they’re willing to do for the people they love… explores family dynamics, class issues, and many layers of guilt, hope, and determination in ways that are both distinctly Indian and universally luminous. Another beautiful, breathtaking novel from a not-to-be-missed author.” – Kirkus, STARRED Review

“Dev crafts another thrilling story filled with intense drama, deep emotion, and well-developed characters; a can’t-put-down book.” – Library Journal, STARRED Review

“Thrilling action sequences and a complex, weighty romance propel this smart, sensitive story. A natural wordsmith, Dev dives into the psyches of disparate characters with voice-driven prose that includes both chilling insights and quirky humor… This poignant, sensual, and exciting tale captures a range of emotions and conflicts.”Booklist, STARRED Review

“Award-winning Dev returns with another of her emotionally resonating stories that explore, in depth, the intersection of friendship, love, sacrifice and desperation… There is a tremendous richness to this story… A truly captivating tale of friendship and love. Dev always delivers!” – RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars, TOP PICK!

“A Distant Heart grabbed my heart on page one — brilliant writing, unforgettable characters, impossible stakes, and the perfect happily ever after.  A Distant Heart is one of the best books–in any genre–that I’ve read in a long, long time. Don’t miss it, don’t miss this author. Your keeper shelf will thank you. Your faith in the human spirit will thank you.” – Grace Burrows, New York Times Bestseller


“Dev deftly navigates the complex themes of bereavement, motherhood, and how the culture of Indiaexists in America. All the while, she swathes tough, fully realized characters in delicate prose and tackles tragedy with both grittiness and sensitivity. With richly rendered characters, heavy topics, and soulful writing, this is stunning all around.” – Booklist, STARRED Review

“Just as one heart leads to another—literally and metaphorically—in Dev’s seductive and complex story of love lost and then found, one layer of mystery leads to the next… Dev moves so expertly through the subtle layers of the tender love story that Nic and Jess—and even Jen—will hold a permanent place in readers’ hearts.” – Publisher’s Weekly, STARRED Review

“Dev masterfully probes Jess’ and Nikhil’s rawest emotions through her multilayered Rubik’s cube of a plot. Every time the reader thinks she has figured out the end of the novel, the story’s quick-paced narrative, which races back and forth from the U.S. to India, takes another hairpin turn, leaving the reader breathless. This is riveting, heart-pounding drama. A novelist at the height of her powers.” – Kirkus, STARRED Review

“A combination of steamy romance and crime thriller with an issue-driven plot…the triumph of love and hope over tragedy and despair provides an uplifting counterpoint to the dark heart of this work.” – Library Journal

“Dev walks straight into the fire, building her narrative on an unlikely foundation of wrenching grief, gender discrimination and sexual assault trauma, addressing each issue thoroughly and with incredible compassion. While the challenge of bringing together two people with utterly shattered souls and devastated lives feels insurmountable at first, Dev’s power to wrap the reader in her characters’ pain and then soothe it is nothing short of exhilarating. Nik and Jess’s eventual bond feels organic and gloriously regenerative. A Change of Heart cements this author’s standing as not only one of the best but also one of the bravest romance novelists working today.” – Shelf Awareness

It has only taken a few books for Dev to prove that she is an author on the fast track. Her ability to deliver richly layered and compelling stories filled with stunning emotional resonance is second to none. This newest novel explores the side effects of terrible grief as well as the hope that comes from building a new future. Utterly compelling and filled with wrenching emotion, this is one book readers will not soon forget!”– RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars TOP PICK

“emotional, intricate, and will squeeze your heart with painstaking precision. A Change of Heart is part thriller, part romance and part magical possibility, with a deeply satisfying and several-tissues-required happy ending.” – NPR


“Dev’s exquisitely written second novel seamlessly integrates the explosive tension of Ria and Vikram’s love story with the universal complications of family, identity, and feeling like an outsider, even in your own skin. The modern Indian-American setting offers a glimpse of a rich culture and enhances the book’s overt and subtle messages of love, compassion, hope, and common ground. A bright, beautiful gem.” – STARRED Kirkus Reviews (Best Books of 2015)

“Sonali Dev is a gifted writer who creates characters that capture the heart. The Bollywood Bride is raw and powerfully emotional, a story that made my heart both ache and hope. I can’t wait for Sonali’s next book.” – Nalini Singh, New York Times Bestseller

“For those who like substance with their steamy romance, this novel is both a sexy love story and an exploration of how a tormented young woman learns to overcome family turmoil and look forward to a future with the man she loves.” – Library Journal

“Proving she is a talent to be reckoned with, Dev delivers an emotionally powerful and poignant story of childhood friends whose burgeoning love is stymied by seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The stigma of mental illness and uncertainties of genetic predisposition have weighed terribly on Bollywood actress Ria Parkar. Dev does a remarkable job developing a unique and moving love story that is brimming with sentiment, sacrifice and hope. Truly unforgettable!”– RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars Top Pick

“A lush, emotional, vivid story about the power of first love told in a breathtaking, lyrical voice. Sonali Dev is one of a kind.” – Kristan HigginsNew York Times Bestseller

“An exquisite, romantic novel with haunting universal themes.” – NPR (Best Books of 2015)

“Heartrendingly beautiful. This book tackles mental illness, personal privacy versus celebrity ‘stalking,’ and family loyalties. The anguish of Ria and Vikram rolls palpably off the pages, and it is riveting. I devoured this book in one sitting.” – Fresh Fiction

“Dev’s second novel, following A Bollywood Affair (2014), proves that she is a rising talent. Dev’s prose captures the rich and unique beauty of Indian culture while telling a story that is complex, culturally accurate, and full of emotion.” – Booklist

The Bollywood Bride has it all: mystery, romance, and ghosts from the past that won’t be forgotten. Both Ria and Vikram are intriguingly flawed characters who will pull you in completely; they’re made for each other, and readers will race through this book to make sure they find the lost pieces of themselves in each other. It’s gorgeous, lush, and entirely consuming.” – Book Riot (Best Books of 2015)

“Dev deftly weaves themes of family and friendship into a beautiful romance, setting the story against a backdrop of a massive Indian American wedding, all while tackling issues of mental illness, family expectations and celebrity.” – Washington Post (Best Books of 2015)


“An impressive debut and a charming contemporary Indian fairytale… Vibrant and exuberantly romantic, Affair is chock full of details that reflect India’s social and cultural flux.” – NPR.org (Best Books of 2014)

“Debut author Sonali Dev writes a beautiful love story in A Bollywood Affair. It’s all very romantic and made me smile and cry. One of the best romances I’ve read this year.” – USA Today

Dev’s heartfelt debut novel is rich in scenes and images illuminating Indian culture, leaving readers with a greater understanding and appreciation of Indian traditions while beautifully capturing the struggle between familial duty and self-discovery.” – Booklist

“This tasty Indian American confection will satisfy readers of any age who would enjoy a contemporary, transcontinental romance told with a light touch and lots of sizzle.” – Library Journal (Best Books of 2014)

“It is a true joy when a fresh new voice enters the genre, so make note of the name Sonali Dev! Based on this marvelous debut, Dev is set to become a star. Filled with warmth and completely unforgettable characters, this occasionally poignant story explores what happens when best laid plans go awry. An Absolute winner from begining to end, this spellbinding tale grabs your heart and never lets go!” – RT BookReviews (4.5 Star Top Pick, Seal of Excellence winner)

“Sonali Dev is a fresh new voice in romance. A child bride who’s all grown up, a sexy Bollywood director, and deeply-felt emotions that will keep readers turning the pages. A Bollywood Affair has it all.” – Susan Elizabeth Phillips,  New York Times Bestseller

“Deeply romantic and emotional, with characters I fell in love with, A Bollywood Affair is simply unputdownable. It’s sexy, it’s dramatic, but most of all, it’s a sweet, hot love story that made me sigh and smile and want to read it all over again as soon as I turned the last page.” – Nalini Singh, New York Times Bestseller

“A Bollywood Affair was one of the best books I’ve read this entire year. The characters are so richly drawn, the writing is utterly breathtaking. She has a voice like none other. I highly recommend you read this book. I’ve read it twice. And I never do that.” – Kristan Higgins, New York Times Bestseller 

“Sonali Dev’s A Bollywood Affair… just blew me away. The characters were so complex and compelling, and the emotions just ripped me apart. It was one of those books that had me racing through pages to get to the happy ending, but then forcing myself to slow down so I could savor every sublime page of Dev’s prose. I just loved it.” – Tessa DareNew York Times Bestseller 

“A delightful debut packed with complex characters, deep emotions and just the right touch of humor.  A tale of love, loss and second chances.”  —Shobhan Bantwal, author of The Dowry Bride

“In this enthralling tale of romantic complications Sonali Dev not only entertains but provides new insight into the human condition.  A must read.”  —Mingmei Yip, author of The Nine Fold Heaven

“As intricate as a henna tattoo and as sweet as gulab jamun, Sonali Dev’s debut novel takes its inspiration from the world of big Indian cinema…With a setup as far-fetched and irresistible as that of a classic Bollywood musical, this witty confection is sure to delight.” – Shelf Awareness

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  1. Hi Janhavi! I’ll post an excerpt in a few months and then I’ll send out a newsletter letting you know it’s up.

    Thanks for the good wishes. Hugs!

  2. Thanks for the reviews! But I have to point out that the beta/beti distinction was totally wrong. I’ve lived in all parts of India and I’ve never actually heard anyone use the term “beti” other than Nirupama Roy style seventies film mothers. Beta is used generically for both boys and girls as a term of endearment — something akin to ‘child.’

    Also, no one from Delhi actually calls it “New Delhi” in conversation unless they want to differentiate a part of it from “Old Delhi”

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