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A Distant Heart (Bollywood #4)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  425 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
Her name means “miracle” in Sanskrit, and to her parents, that’s exactly what Kimaya is. The first baby to survive after several miscarriages, Kimi grows up in a mansion at the top of Mumbai’s Pali Hill, surrounded by love and privilege. But at eleven years old, she develops a rare illness that requires her to be confined to a germ-free ivory tower in her home, with only t ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published December 26th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corp.
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Lael Braday As Sonali states, you don't necessarily need to read the previous books. I read A Change of Heart first and it definitely makes the experience richer.…moreAs Sonali states, you don't necessarily need to read the previous books. I read A Change of Heart first and it definitely makes the experience richer. I recommend it! From the way she portrayed the main characters' illness, it came off as credible, showing the highs and lows, the treatments that worked and those that didn't, the time treatments took and how expensive they were, and especially how her every day is affected. It's obviously a well researched novel. You won't regret reading both books.(less)

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Kate Douglas
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I sat next to Sonali at an RWA book signing in Orlando this year, and managed to talk her out of an advance copy of A DISTANT HEART. I fell in love with this series after reading A Bollywood Affair, and couldn't wait to get my hands on this one.

The thing is, every once in a great while a reader might be lucky enough to find an author with a voice so powerful, an ability to tell a beautiful story so compelling, that they become an absolute “auto buy.” For me, Sonali Dev is that author—her writing
A Distant Heart is not my favorite from Sonali Dev but it remains very likable and engaging, especially if you like romantic suspense with plenty of emotion. This book provides alternating timeframes along with characters you may recognize from Dev's other novels. The delicate subject of coming of age with a life-threatening chronic illness created palpable emotion while providing a segue to the crime/suspense element. Overall I liked it and would recommend it if you enjoy the genres listed.

My f
A Distant Heart takes up the story that was started in a Change of Heart. Now the focus is on Rahul the police officer chasing down a criminal ring who steal hearts on the black market.

Rahul has suffered much loss in his life, he comes from a poor family and has always fought his way courageously through life. Growing up he made friends with Kimi, a young girl who has severe immune problems She's locked up in her safe "tower". Eventually it will lead to heart failure and the need for a new hear
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The story is set in India, Mumbai and follows two people, Kimi and Rahul, as they form an unlike friendship. They come from two completely different worlds; Kimi is rich, whereas Rahul is extremely poor. However they somehow make it work and they form a very strong bond between them.

When the story begins, Kimi and Rahul are not in, let’s say, speaking terms. For some reason their bond and trust has been broken. Through flashbac
Loved it! Still wiping tears from my eyes as I type this. Happy tears, though. How I adore Sonali Dev. Love her. Love her books. 😍

I took my time reading A Distant Heart even though I had a deadline to rate and review it within two weeks of its release. I wanted to not only delve deep into the story and characters, but also study the writing style and learn from it. I've decided that the majority of my books will be set away from the US and this is a perfect model for me to emulate. Sonali transp
Barbara O'Neal
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A book that is almost impossible to drop into a neat category. It's part suspense, part gritty crime tale, wholeheartedly romantic, and a most unusual Rapunzel tale. I loved that it was set in Mumbai, and yet was completely accessible. Loved Sonali's voice, which is highly original and lyrical. Loved the romance between two hungry souls. Sexy, gritty, romantic, compelling. Excellent.

Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Distant Heart is a friends to lovers story set in India that I quite enjoyed. I loved the way in which the author told it. Showing the hero and heroine's first meeting as children and how their relationship evolved over time. Nothing between moves quickly, it's a slow build up that is very much reflected in the way things are revealed and the culmination of their first sex scene.

I definitely recommend it to one and all.

ARC provided by publisher through Net Galley
G. K. Malathi
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.8 stars !
This is a push and pull romance. It was great for about 70% of the book, literally kept me on the toes but it got kinda draggy draggy midway through . I wish Rahul could have had that same spark that he had for Kimi till the end cause it kinda got diluted with his moodiness and tad bit of insecurity.That's the only thing that lacked, though Kimi deserves a full hundred for being such a positive ball of light throughout the book.Overall a descent read.
Mandi Schreiner
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have a love affair with Sonali Dev's books. She writes such good words. Words that usually completely break my heart (it's still broken after reading A Change of Heart) but she repairs it and gives us a shiny HEA at the end with all the smiles. The heroine in this book, Kimi, literally has a broken heart. A lifelong heart condition that keeps her sick most of her youth in Mumbai, India (where the whole book takes place) leaves Kimi very sheltered. Her father, a former bollywood actor turned  m ...more
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: asian-author
I hate it when books with an Indian backdrop promise an "authentic Indian rep" and it ends up being a bad imitation of cheesy bollywood song-and-dance romance.

But I loved A Distant Heart for being so unabashedly Bollywoodsy in terms of setting up the world of its two main characters.

Rich Girl meets Poor Boy - CHECK
Poor Boy follows his father's footsteps by joining the city police force - CHECK
Rich Girl's father is a politician - CHECK
The infamous Mumbai mafia are the menacing villians in the s
Make Kay
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kimi and Rahul struggle with so many challenges that both unite them and separate them. Class distinctions in their native Mumbai, terrible medical disease and uncertainty, and loss. Yet there is the presence of hope and of dreams, of friendship and of love. This book brings me to tears over and over. Tears of both sorrow and of joy. There are a lot of raw emotions here that really illuminate the underlying messages of hope and connection. Dev’s A DISTANT HEART will be a book that lingers in my ...more
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

It’s all Kimi’s fault. Not just the events in A Distant Heart, but also everything that happened in A Change of Heart. Both the good and the bad. But especially the bad.

The problem is that Kimi doesn’t know it’s her fault, or that the people she trusted the most saved her life with a giant lie. All that she knows is that two years ago, a donor heart was mysteriously found, and she was able to finally emerge from the sterile bubble in which she had been forc
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: priority, romance
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Sonali Dev’s beautiful prose wove a complicated and deeply emotional tale for readers in A Distant Heart. Ultimately a friends-to-lovers trope, there was also a good bit of suspense and a layer of lies and deception which kept the plot moving at a fast pace.

I really do enjoy Sonali Dev’s writing style. It’s very lush, with rich descriptions, proving she knows just how to evoke the right amount of emotion out of every scene and every bit of dialogue. This
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Yes, three stars for a Sonali Dev book. I can’t believe I’m writing this and meaning it.
Before I go any further, I want to say two things.
First: This isn’t a bad book, and Ms. Dev is an amazing author.
Second: this review is my personal opinion, which, since I’m only human, is influenced by expectations. So, if you go into this book with other expectations than mine, this review may not reflect on your opinion on this book.

** Received and ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve read, loved an
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was enchanted from Sonali Dev's dazzling book cover with adorned brown legs, and I am pleased to share that this heartwarming romance did not disappoint any of my high expectations!
This is my first Sonali Dev book and surely not my last wow!!! What a fantastic ride this was. I didnt read the book before this one and was still able to follow the events with ease.
The story told by switching between present day events and Kimi and Rahul's past and it was done so effectively. We really get so much depth of these characters by seeing their relationship from how it began to what it is at present.
I loved Kimi and Rahul so much. Well fleshed out, complex characters.
I was on edg
Falguni Kothari
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a really good book does is:
- Keeps you flipping pages (all night long) until it's done
- makes you stare at the book in your hands even after you've finished reading it
- urges you to hand it over to another avid reader so you can gush about it together
- inspires that next great scene out of you (as a writer)
- triggers various gushy social media posts

ADH does all of that and more. Having read a Change of Heart, I was already acquainted with DCP Rahul and Kimi. I knew what was coming. I knew
Lisa Lin
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of A Distant Heart at RWA this past July and jumped at the c hance to read it ASAP.

Sonali's writing is lyrical and evokes all the emotions and feelz. You are immediately transferred to Mumbai and her descriptions are so vivid, it makes you feel like you are right there, seeing what the characters see, feel, taste, smell, and experience. But also, Sonali dives into the tangled web of complicated family dynamics and relationships, and tackles heavy topics like reg
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got an ARC of this book at RT.

This story is set in Mumbai and it's a continuation of the previous book (A change of heart). We were introduced to Kimi and Rahul in the previous book. The previous book was a bit dark. Especially from the authors other works. This one is much lighter. The description of Mumbai, the environment and it's people is spot on. The parallel timelines worked really well for me. We got to see how Kimi and Rahul's relationship progressed and that was very sweet. Some par
A story that is told in two voices, both of which tell their side of the story in a mix of flashbacks to past and distant past events, using these voices and the concept of ‘love’ to explain, justify, share and provide pivot points on which the story moves forward, sideways and occasionally halting as the layers are uncovered. The cornerstone on which the story pivots is Kimi and her friend (only friend) Rahul – both from very different levels in society and both caught in the trap of love, loss ...more
Nicole Hewitt
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 Stars

This book is easily my favorite in the Bollywood series so far. It definitely has a different feel than the other books in the series since it flashes back to Kimi and Rahul’s childhoods and it takes place in India, but I think it’s all the better for those things!

What Fed My Addiction:

A lifetime romance.
I am a sucker for a story of childhood friends who become more, and I absolutely loved seeing the friendship between Kimi and Rahul develop. Their history makes every moment between
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is always a danger when you are waiting anxiously for a book that it won't live up to your expectations. Sonali Dev set the bar incredibly high with her previous books and there is always that worry that the next one will be a weak link in the chain. Fortunately, Dev is better than that and this book is an excellent conclusion to her Bollywood series.

First things first, this is not a standalone novel. It really is necessary to read the previous book, A Change of Heart, before starting this
 ᴍɪᴄs ✖amante de los spoilers✖

Lo bueno:
Me gustó la pareja, los dos son adorables, y amo la trama de "amigos a amantes".


Lo malo:
No suelo decir esto pero por Dios: que mal escrito.

*MUCHOS FLASHBACKS. En lo personal los detesto, me parecen un recurso vago y pobre que no dejan avanzar a la historia.

*LA ESTRUCTURA. Un capítulo desde el punto de vista de ella, uno de él (ambos en el presente), seguido de uno de ella y otro de él (en el pasado) junto con algún que otro
Maura Elizabeth Cunningham
I really loved Sonali Dev’s previous books, especially A Change of Heart, which introduced the characters of Rahul and Kimi, so I was excited to see them take center stage in A Distant Heart. Overall, though, A Distant Heart just didn’t grab me in the way that Dev’s other books have. All of her previous books were binge-reads for me; I sat down and read them straight through without stopping. I didn’t feel the same compulsion with A Distant Heart—it was never much of a struggle to put the book d ...more
Nikita Navalkar
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev, and it’s left me with so many feelings! Like any Bollywood movie worth its salt, Rahul and Kimi have their ups and downs, flashbacks, action, family drama, debilitating sickness even, but it’s their connection that keeps them going above all else. Kimi is the breath of fresh air and heapfuls of hope that Rahul needs; and Rahul, well all I can say is, where can I find one? 😍 Stoic, broody, self-made, strong, principled, but above all, consumed by his ...more
Sally Kilpatrick
I loved the idea of a Rapunzel story, and I won't spoil for you how that part of the story takes place. Kimi has been sheltered most of her life due to an immune disorder. Once she fixes that, the meds start destroying her heart. Finally she has a new heart, but the love of her life is keeping his distance and a shady mobster wants to kill her--this is the premise of A Distant Heart.

Kimi and Rahul's story is full of longing. Rahul is from the wrong side of the tracks, so to speak, and doesn't th
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, contemporary
Oh, goodness.

I haven't read  A Change of Heart  yet (there is no excuse--I have the audiobook! I've read all of her other books! This year just got away from me :(...) and since this one is somewhat connected, there are some mildly spoiler-ish bits. But that didn't stop me from loving this book, and it's definitely not going to stop me from reading A Change of Heart...soon. Promise!

A Distant Heart is a wonderful story--just as deliciously angsty as her other books, with a touch of suspense and d
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
My first book of 2018, and I hope the rest of the year is better. This book just didn't work for me -- I started it a few times and had trouble sticking with it. If I hadn't committed to reviewing it, I might have stopped reading it.

I guess what was wrong is that I just didn't like the voice created for the characters: it came across as very immature and self-centered. While for Kimi, that might have been the author's choice, to convey how she was impacted by her illness and the sheltered life
Peggy Jaeger
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lyrically written and dealing with several interesting topics - organ transplant, psychic connections, grief, Dev has written a story that delves deep into the grief process and pulls bare the emotions of loss, love, forgiveness, and the chance to move on. Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read this as an arc.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I took off a star because it was just a tad too hard for me to remember the intertwining stories from the previous books. Each new book features a new-ish set of characters that are tangentially linked to the last book and boy, I love that idea. It makes this world so broad.

But also, I just love Dev's writing. It's so beautiful and romantic.
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