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Moti on the Water

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  1,541 ratings  ·  381 reviews
2019 Writer's Digest Award Winner: A romantic comedy about family, love, and inconvenient truths, by New York Times bestselling author, Leylah Attar

A Greek family. An Indian family. A summer wedding on the Aegean coast…

Meet Moti Ferreira—spectacularly jinxed from the day she’s born.

Saddled with an eccentric mother, she stumbles upon the one man who holds the key to her f
Paperback, 258 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by Pitch73 Publishing
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2! Moti on the Water (stand-alone). A feel-good story about family, tradition, love and finding one’s destiny!

“I want to be one of those lights— somewhere by the water, where people can eat and share and connect. I want to be a link in a story that is as old as time.”

Moti on the Water (stand-alone) takes us on a cruise around the Greek isles onboard a luxury yacht. In celebration of a wedding, two families come together. An eclectic grou
❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
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MOTI ON THE WATER: Is a full length romance novel by Leylah Attar.

5++++++ STARS!! 2019 FAVOURITE BOOK!!

Moti is a twenty four year old, the daughter of Indian parents and lives with her overbearing, over the top mother Dolly in Chicago. Her cousin and her fiance were getting married in Greece so the whole wedding party was going on a two week cruise of the Greek Isles.

Now the right way to pronounce her name: MOTI. It means pearl in Hindi, but only when you say it with a soft T - with
✰ Liz ✰
"Every night, under the light of the moon, he cast his net toward the heavens to catch the stars."


Moti on the Water is an adventurous romantic comedy full of exotic locations, colorful characters, and witty dialogue. Moti Ferreira is headed on a two-week cruise with her family as they travel for a wedding. Moti is determined to seduce the man of her dreams Nikos Manolas. She never suspected that Alexandros Veronis, the onboard chef, would actually be doing the seducing and win her heart

Read my interview with Leylah Attar here:

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person - Female

Moti Ferreira lived her whole life in fear and bound by expectations. For her cousin‘s wedding, the whole family was taken on a cruise around the Greek islands. Onboard, was the man of her destiny that she needed to secure. But on her quest, she met another that was determined to show her what living truly meant.

Moti was a lovable character. Always considerat
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

I devour it this is the perfect summer read!It was lighthearted,fun,romantic and sweet!I adored the characters and I fell in love with the story!I absolutely loved Moti, such a lovely heroine, she might have become one of my favorites!


It was an addictive story with an amazing romance withe a great banter between the characters and it was so romantic!Leylah doesn't stop to surprise me with her talent!She always delivers original stories and unique characters!

If you are looking for a re
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
This book is extra special to me cause *Ahem* I'm IN the book. It's a miniscule little line in the background but whatever!🙄.
I'm.In.The.Book!! And I've found my soul mate- Prem Prakash Pyaarelal😄
Adorable, magical and serendipitous, this story will make you a believer in Fated Love🥰
Leylah took me to Greece,the Azure waters of the Aegean and picturesque towns of Santorini, Hydra, Naousa, Folegandros...


Leylah has deviated a little from her angst and slow burn romance to give us this Hilarious and r
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Moti is a quirky, fun, obedient daughter, someone you can depend on, hilarious without really trying and in search of her soulmate. But finding her soulmate is not an easy task though, her future mate must have something extra in his hand. Will she be able to find him aboard the luxurious yacht?

Moti On The Water was enjoyable from beginning to end. I was surprised by how funny this book is. The development of the two main characters as they go from strangers who can't stand one another to frien

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Absolutely unique in style, easy to follow storytelling filled with wits and remarkably smart humor!!!

This is a "feel good" story of love and life...

it's a story of living the life full on and yet it's also a journey of self-discovery in so many levels you eventually forget to count.

It's a perfect recipe for enjoymen
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
It was the strangest feeling—free-falling into someone else.

Are you looking for the perfect light-hearted summer read? Well look no further, friends, because it seriously doesn't get any better then this book. Think My Big Fat Greek Wedding but with one side being a crazy and quirky Indian family and all of it set on the stunning and vivid backdrop of Greeke isles. Intrigued yet? Add into all that Leylah Attar's colorful and magical story telling skill and what you've got is one unfo
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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This is going to be one giant ramble of a giffy mess, so before I begin let me start with THIS COMES OUT TODAY AND Y’ALL ROMANCE READERS NEED TO BUY IT. Okay, now that that’s done, here goes the rambling. It all begins with the cover . . . .

And my reaction . . . .

Seriously. This is quite possibly my favorite cover ever. I had never heard of this book (because it had not yet been released, DUH, but I didn’t know that at the t
4.5 Stars

Moti Ferreira is on the cusp of changing her life, yet she is completely oblivious as to the intricate layers that must be cast to see her truth. Setting sail on the Aegean Sea for 10 days with her family, Moti believes destiny is finally on her side and she’s about to stake her claim before it’s too late.

“Your doubts and fears are your own to feed or to slay.”

Moti is an endearing character with various insecurities and quirky behavior. Many times, and much to her dismay, she made
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰




She's 24 years old. Lives in Chicago. Is the daughter of Indian parents.

Her name can be pronounced two ways. One means Pearl in Hindi. The other means fat/chubby. And that about sums up her life. ☺

She's currently at her cousin's engagement party trying to keep her slightly crazy mom and grandma out of trouble.

The upcoming wedding will take the whole family to Greece! On a yacht for two weeks with all of her cousin's new in-law billionaire people!

And that's where it gets
Natasha is a Book Junkie
“Oh, to be so sure of your place in the sun. Or the sea. Or the sky.”

If anyone ever asks you why you read romance books, tell them to read THIS book! The perfect escapist summer read, Leylah Attar’s latest gem is everything I’ve come to expect from this incredibly gifted storyteller—evocative, moving, witty, sublimely written—and it’s the kind of story that fills you with delight from the moment you start reading it. Attar transports us to an exotic paradise of sun-kissed beaches and
Lo Bookfrantic


Genre:  Romantic Comedy
Type:  Standalone
POV:  First Person - Female

❝I wasn't afraid of dying.  I was afraid of dying without living.❞ 


Moti Ferreira lived her life pleasing others.  She always did what was expected of her.  Moti's entire family took off on a cruise for her cousin's wedding in Greek.  Her entire life she has been told by her mother who her soulmate would be so

I am delighted to tell one and all that reading this book has been the highlight of my summer reading for so many reasons! It is my first taste of the very accomplished author, Leyla Attar. I know…Where the heck have I been? And… “taste” is actually a very apt metaphor considering the male protagonist in this wonderful story and his “magical” abilities. Wait…I’m getting ahead of myself.

Moti is the quirky female protagonist who begins with the story of who she and her family are as her cousi
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
WARNING: I loved Moti so much that I just HAD to INTERVIEW Leylah on the "making of" so be prepared to have her interview "hurled" at you tomorrow :-D

WARNING BIS: I highlighted so many quotes and passages that my kindle could have been used as glowing bilboard for the book. Blindness from my fellow commuters may or may not have ensued. I claim no responsibility in any damages ...they should just have not peeked over my shoulder to read MY book! Even if I was laughing like a maniac on the train
Veronica Bellaorev Books

Omggg I’m so excited about this new story from the amazing Leylah Attar that I don’t know where to start with my review. You already know how much I admire this talented lady. I could read her grocery list and be a happy camper. Her books are all unique. What they all have in common and Moti on the Water it’s no exception is the cultural diversity and the impeccable writing style. The journey of discovering another cultures and while learning from then you get an emotional, fun and beautiful lov
Soulla Georgiou
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My words are not good enough to describe how much I adore this unique and refreshing story.

Leylah Attar has sprinkled her magic all over these pages, and has proven once again that she is a master of her game. She is in a class of her own, and let me tell you, when her mind starts cooking up a story, we can rest assured that it will be an experience not to missed.

Attar has nailed the art of transporting her readers to far away places, and through her trademark prose, we are thrown into cultures
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rated 4.5 Stars

Moti On The Water is a delightful, sweet, funny, cute and sexy read that had emotionally invested in it from the beginning. I loved that it's also part ode to Greece, from the various locales to the food it highlighted, I fell a little bit deeper in love with this country.

The heroine is quirky, relatable and so lovable. The hero is swoon-worthy, I loved that he saw her, the real from the get go. I adored them together and felt that they complemented each other well.

I truly enjoy
Sophie's Reading Corner

Moti has been haunted by a prophecy since the day she was born. According to this, her soulmate has three thumbs, she will meet him by the water and if she marries to anyone else, her mother will die within seven days. Being raised with this hanging over her neck and the pressure of her mother, when she meets Nikos on her cousin’s wedding party, who fulfils the requirements, makes it her mission to win his heart, within the two weeks that they will spend on the yach
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Leylah Attar is one of my favorite authors, so I always look forward to her next release. We had to wait two years this time, but I'd pick quality over quantity any time. I am more used to her dark or emotional reads, so I was excited to see how she would do with a more light and fun book. I have to say that she did a great job with this ultimate summer read. This book was fun, original, intriguing, and romantic. I was smiling from start til finis
Hulya Kara Yuksel
I'm smiling like a lunatic!!! This book was soooo good. 😍😍😍 ...more
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
When you’ve been looked over your whole life, it’s startling to find yourself in someone’s eyes, to be held in their vision , the same way they hold sunsets and beautiful things.

I don't even have words. I'm completely out of good words. I'm redundant and flat and boring in my ramblings, unlike this one here, Leylah Attar, queen of ALL the vibrant and colorful words, the almighty deliverer of vivid descriptions and absorbing storytelling. She KILLED IT with the words in this book and I'm left
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog

‘I liked the idea of a soul mate, but most days I was lucky if I found a hair tie that was compatible with my big, curly hair. So no, I didn’t believe in the stars or destiny or all the stuff my mother tried to impress upon me.’

Moti on the Water by Leylah Attar was just hilarious, sweet and so rich with lessons in love, life and different cultures. It really read like those romantic comedies we love to watch and this book is a prime candidate to be made into a movie. Leylah Attar grabbed us from
Heather❀Book and a Blanket❀
6 Stars!!!!

This book! My Heart! How do I begin to describe the experience of reading this book???!!!

This was a breath of fresh air in a world of mundane books. A wonderful blend of Greek and Indian culture that brought so much humor and heartfelt emotions! I laughed out loud. I swooned so hard. I COULD. NOT. GET. ENOUGH!

"When I was little, I prayed for dimples. And now I had them. On my ass. Naturally people with properly faced dimples irritated me.

Moti! One of my favorite heroines EVER! So rela
talon smith
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this.
Point blank.

Moti on the Water was just all around FUN! From the setting to the characters, when I read this it was so laid back, witty, and full of joy. I had NO worries or a care in the world. Not to mention: Moti MAKES THIS BOOK. It's no wonder the title has her name in it. It belongs there. She is a force to reckoned with. And my new spirit animal. I think she is one female lead that I will remember forever. 

I absolutely loved the banter between ALL of the characters, I thou
Lana لانا  (Bibliomedico)
ARC provided by the publisher & Social Butterfly PR , Thanks for giving me the opportunity to read the book.
"People's pasts were fascinating . Scratch the surface deep enough and you'd unearth all kinds of dusty stories"

Book : Moti On the Water .

Author : Leylah Attar

Genre : Fiction , Romance , contemporary .

Rate : 5/5.

Review in one word : Perfect .
I can't believe , I got the opportunity to read this incredible book .
For me , it's the most perfect romantic nov
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-best-reads
This is pure joy in a book. Like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.

My eyes have hearts in them and I’m desperate to eat feta cheese, or some sticky sweet baklava. I want to smell fresh oregano and dip my toes in the Aegean Sea. I love Greece so much already but now I want to go back! Leylah totally sells it with the white painted buildings and turquoise sea.

This funny, sweet, romantic book is just the perfect summer read. But then it would also be a great autumn, winter or spring read
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: August 13, 2019
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Family Drama | Women’s Fiction | Romance

Moti on the Water fits into a plethora of genres. This book (in my opinion) is mainly a family drama , but also focuses on the growth of the story’s heroine, Moti. Much of the story surrounds her “finding herself” and finally loosening herself from her mother’s grip which makes it a good candidate for women’s fiction readers. Finally, there’s a splash of romance the blossoms between Moti and a m
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