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The Full Moon Bride

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What makes a marriage--love or compatibility? Passion or pragmatism? Bantwal's compelling new novel explores the fascinating subject of arranged marriage, as a young Indian-American woman navigates the gulf between desire and tradition.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jennifer Mcknight
Mar 31, 2012 Jennifer Mcknight rated it it was ok
Shelves: annoying-heroine
This is one of those instances where it's true that you can't judge a book by its cover. I picked this one up at a secondhand bookstore because I was drawn to the cover and title. I'm a fan of the Indian culture so I really wanted to enjoy this book. Although a decent story that kept me entertained for a few nights, it ultimately fell flat.

On a positive note, The Full Moon Bride is light reading and can be a page-turner, so it would make great vacation or airplane reading. It does highlight some
Oct 12, 2011 Kristina rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011
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Nancy Narma
Sep 14, 2011 Nancy Narma rated it really liked it
Soorya Giri, an Indian-American, living in New Jersey and working in bustling Manhattan has everything going for her. She has a good educational background, is a successful lawyer in a prominent law firm, loving family and friends and the security of her childhood home. Everything, that is, but a husband! Soorya has been through the traditional “Bride-Viewing,”(which is part of an arranged marriage,) several times, with silence and rejection as the sad result. When all seems to be lost, she is i ...more
Aug 29, 2011 Johanna rated it did not like it

Lazy, lazy, lazy writing. Character motivations are inexplicable towards the end and seem to just be serving the ending that the author thinks is appropriate but really makes no sense in context. Soorya is supposed to be likable I guess, but she isn't, not at all. She is extremely judgmental, whiny, and spoiled. I feel sorry for the men who have to deal with her in the novel.
Sep 07, 2014 Shree rated it really liked it
Note: This Review has been posted @ Readers' Muse

The concept of arranged weddings is a mystery to any young woman of Indian lineage. The idea of spending the rest of the life with some random guy is baffling and at times scary. In fact, many woman dread that “D” day where they are made to parade in front of a group of complete strangers. Though the process of “matching- making” and “bride viewing” has been diluted over the ages, the process is still unnerving enough.

The writer has successfully p
Sep 03, 2011 Maya rated it did not like it
I did not like this book at all. I really wanted to like it but the author uses so many India stereotypes and Soorya is a very annoying, quick-to-judge, clueless character. She is always assuming the worst without reason. I would not recommend this book.
Nov 13, 2012 Alicia rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
This book started out great. Soorya is a young, traditional Indian woman from NJ who is at the age where most of her friends are settling down. In the American tradition, she would probably join and go out on more dates, but in Soorya's family, couples are set up based on ancient tradition. The book open as Soorya is having a "bride viewing" with a young man from another reputable Indian Family. The book follows them as they get to know each other, but a wrench is thrown in when Soorya ...more
Sep 22, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
I won this in a first reads giveaway, and I am glad that I was able to read it. I really really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone. I'm not really familiar with the Indian culture. I live in an area with a large Indian population, and both my neighbors are Indian, and we are friendly, but I don't really know much about their culture. I eat Indian food every once in awhile, but that's about it. This book gave great insight into the Indian culture all while telling an entertaining s ...more
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Ms. Bantwal has formulated a treasure of words for an engaging read remaining long after the final scene has been deliciously absorbed. Frankly, I cannot tell if I am more enamored by Soorya or the author herself. The author has obviously internalized the emotions of her character, leaving the impression that the line between writer and actor is an invisible one. I thoroughly enjoyed The Full Moon Bride for the emotion, education, and entertainment. What I appreciate most is the total lack of ma ...more
Sep 01, 2014 Bodi rated it did not like it
Was very hopeful about this book going into it, thinking it might offer some insight into how arranged marriages work, or even just to get a better glimpse of Indian culture.

Sadly, the book rather failed on both accounts, spending half the time trying to justify the main character's rather self-absorbed and shallow approach to life.

Occasional hints at cultural norms were promising, but often there was no follow-up on the meaning behind the gesture hinted at or mentioned.

The end result was that t
Pamela Beason
Apr 16, 2012 Pamela Beason rated it liked it
I enjoyed seeing the world through the eyes of an ambitious independent Indian/American attorney who nonetheless was willing to try to find a husband through the traditional Indian matchmaking system. What bothered me a bit was that all relationships and even the most important legal challenge in the story seemed to be determined by whether or not they would benefit people from India living in the United States. However, I suspect this is a truthful representation of the life of a first-generati ...more
Dec 17, 2011 Ming rated it it was ok
This was a GR Giveaway book and my first reading of a Bantwal book. I won't repeat the story as it's amply available on GR.

I found the book to be a good light read, for instance for the beach or on an airplane ride. That being said, it was a good story but not compelling. The author's writing is solid and has a firm voice.

Many elements were overused; these tricks or metaphors initially were useful and then became redundant. By the end of the book, I found Soorya to be whiney, whereas she seeme
Sharon Reuben
Dec 12, 2011 Sharon Reuben rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book about Hindu_American culture, where the main character is a lawyer, but tradition dictates that she must marry an arranged partner. From the perspective of American society and Hindu traditions - made the female lead character quite complex. I was able to identify with her on some levels.
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Sep 12, 2014 b00k r3vi3ws rated it really liked it

Soorya is a first generation Indian-American, living her life trying to balance out the different cultures. She works as an environmental lawyer. With her biological clock ticking and soon to be thirty, Soorya agrees to an arranged marriage all the while secretly wanting a love marriage. Her parents introduce her to Rajesh, who is smart and intelligent with a secret desire of his own. She also meets Satish through Rajesh’s production company. Then there is
Aug 27, 2011 Mila rated it it was ok
it has promising premise but, the story is just so-so.
don't care much about soorya and her mostly whiny and lack of self-confidence attitude.
First of all I would like to thanks Bharti from Fingerprint Publishing for sending me this book. :) This is the first time I am reading a book by Shobhan Bantwal.
The story is about 30 year old Siya Giri and her journey of finding her man. Siya is her parents’ only child. Though she has a successful career, she is not too happy with the way her personal life had shaped up. Giving in to her parents’ wishes she participates in bride-viewing sessions where the groom and his family come over to ‘see’
Aug 27, 2011 Lynda rated it it was ok
Potential for a great story but reads like a 2-star romance novel.
Sep 16, 2011 Crystal rated it really liked it
The Full Moon Bride is a highly entertaining look at life for a woman straddling the line between trying to be American and sticking to her Indian roots. Since Soorya has pursued her career as an environmental lawyer it has left little time to pursue romance and men so as she has approached thirty she has decided to go the old-fashioned Indian route of bridal viewings to find her a husband. It's not quite the same as arranged marriage, at least the parties involved get a chance to know each othe ...more
Nov 15, 2011 Heavensent1 rated it liked it
The Full Moon Bride is a romantic drama.

Soorya Giri is against arranged marriages or so she thought, until recently when she realizes her "biological clock" is ticking. After years of going against her Telugu traditions, Soorya finally consents to her families strategy of finding an eligible bachelor.

Soorya has agreed to participate in a traditional bride-viewing custom that has been practiced by her people for generations. Dressing in a traditional sari, she meets her "impending" bridegroom. Wh
Samantha Janning
Dec 05, 2011 Samantha Janning rated it really liked it
The Full Moon Bride by Shobhan Bantwal was the first Indian-culture book I have read, and I was fascinated by it. The heroine is Soorya Giri, a thirty-year old environmental lawyer who lives in New Jersey with her parents and grandmother––who desperately want her to be married. Arranged marriages are the norm in the Indian culture, but Soorya is appalled by them. Living in America, she has seen how other couples marry for love and not just tradition, and she wants the same for herself. When Soor ...more
Jan 19, 2012 ladywallingford rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Full Moon Bride is the story of a thirty-something Indian woman named Soorya looking to finally settle down and marry--the Indian way through an arranged marriage. Every suitor has rejected her thus far until Roger (or Rajesh, which is his actual name) Vadepalli, who is trying to jumpstart a career in Broadway, enters her life. Meanwhile, Soorya meets Lou, a fellow attorney, who finds Soorya equally as interesting but unfortunately he's not Indian. Therefore, someone her parents wouldn't approve ...more
Jul 18, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Soorya Giri is a smart, educated, young woman. Soorya Giri went to college and became a lawyer. Though Soorya Giri may seem like she has everything, there is one thing that she desires more…a husband.

The Full Moon Bride is the latest novel from author, Shobhan Bantwal. If you like Indian culture and stories than you have to check this author out. I have been reading Mrs. Bantwal’s books for a while. Each one brings something different to the table but almost always Mrs. Bantwal sticks to her ro
Feb 20, 2012 Deb rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
Soorya Giri, is a successful Indian-American attorney, living in New Jersey with her well to do parents after the age of 30. Although confident in her opinions and career in the city, Soorya has issues about her appearance and weight (she is on a "special diet: eating only green, red and white foods) and being single when most of her friends are married and even having children, while she isn't sure she will ever find a husband. Going through the Indian tradition of “bride-viewing,”Soorya has so ...more
Angelina Justice
Let me begin with what I like about this story. I like that it gave a peek inside the home of a traditional Teluga family. I liked that it attempted to portray the clash between traditional cultural values and modern life in America. I liked that the clash wasn't just about traditional versus modern, but also about individual feelings versus tradition. I liked that the character was honest about her character flaws and naivete.

What I grappled with was the dichotomy of a successful female lawyer
Amelia Elizabeth
The Good:
We all agreed that we loved the cover art. It just makes the book inviting. We liked that Soorya was a big girl and didn't have to lose all her weight to find her happy ever after. Yes her weight was talked about and she was on that weird color diet, but it wasn't important for her to lose the weight to find the right guy. And we were all very happy that she ended up with the right guy for her.

The Bad:
I'm sad to say that even through we liked the book, we found more things we didn't lik
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Sep 05, 2011 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it really liked it
While I'm not very familiar with the Indian culture, I think Shobhan Bantwal completely captured what must be the essence and contradictions of Indian-American life. Soorya is a second generation Indian-American, privileged, educated and successful. Not a classically beautiful woman, she has never really dated and finally desiring marriage and family, she agrees to bridal viewings in the hope of finding a young man willing to accept an arranged marriage as well. She soon discovers that meeting a ...more
The Tales Pensieve
Aug 10, 2016 The Tales Pensieve rated it liked it
Author Shobhan Bantwal, summarizes in this book what so many Indian American youngsters go through, especially when it comes to striking a balance between the freedom they have, and the need to follow tradition. The Full Moon Bride is a fun-filled, pacy read about Siya Giri, who is a virgin hitting the big three-oh, and her experience with the Indian arranged-marriage setup.
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Angela White
Dec 17, 2011 Angela White rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this as part of the First Reads giveaway, but I would pay for this book gladly.

From the first night reading, I cared about Soorya and her family, and I was excited to learn more about her relationship with Roger; however, it was not until the final chapter that I felt I had a true understanding of how Soorya approached life and situations where she might face rejection. I realized, too, that I had a good deal in common with this character, even though I do not possess an ascerbic wit.

Oct 11, 2012 Umarani rated it liked it
The only part of this book I absolutely loved is the characterizations of all the characters. They tend to ring deadly true and I love that they were not really stereotypical, even Pamma. I did have an issue towards the ending towards Soorya's behaviour but she is heavily sheltered and spoilt to a degree by her family. To me, her panic at finally learning to trust someone and getting into a relationship is quite real. The idea is there and the characterization is splendid.

However, the writer's s
Aug 03, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was ok
The concept of The Full Moon Bride is interesting, but the writing style is simplistic and uninteresting, making it a difficult read. Almost every sentence is less than ten words long, and every third one is in the form of a question. I don't need a play-by-play of every action undertaken by a main character, and when almost all of the action is described in bland terms, I find myself just waiting for the book to be over. It's as though Bantwal missed the "show, don't tell" lesson in high school ...more
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Shobhan Bantwal is the Indian-American author of THE DOWRY BRIDE, her debut novel set in India and slated for release by Kensington Books in September 2007. It is the first of a two-book contract with Kensington.

Since 2002, Shobhan's articles and short stories have appeared in a variety of publications like India Abroad, Little India, U.S. 1, Desi Journal, India Currents, Overseas Indian, New Wom
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