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Reena Manji doesn’t love her career, her single status, and most of all, her family inserting themselves into every detail of her life. But when caring for her precious sourdough starters, Reena can drown it all out. At least until her father moves his newest employee across the hall--with hopes that Reena will marry him.

But Nadim’s not like the other Muslim bachelors-du-j
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Paperback, 357 pages
Published March 2nd 2021 by Forever
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yessss!! I can honestly announce: we have another winner! This is entertaining, laugh out loud, sweet, emotional!

There is desi wedding, Indian family traditions, noisy parents, vivid characters, lots of yummy foods, a yummy hero with sexy British accent and natural, strong, easily likable heroine!

There are also so many secrets, gossips, dramas but the way they’re coming out is also smart, absurd, enjoyable! Angsty parts don’t tear your guts, thankfully they were well balanced. And conclusion i
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Tina
This is a Fake dating Romance/Chick-Lit. This is a cute and funny book. This book is about the two main characters family setting them up to be engaged, but they become friends over cooking foods from where they come from. I really love this book. The two main characters are magnetic and they fit together so well. Their is so many cute and funny moments in this book. This book had me totally pulled into it, and I did not want to put this book down. This book is beautifully written and entertaini ...more
Jessica | JustReadingJess
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Accidentally Engaged is a cute romantic comedy about a Muslim woman that fakes an engagement to enter a cooking contest for couples.

Accidentally Engaged is cute, funny, and entertaining. Reena is passionate about baking bread and is always cooking. Reena’s parents want her to marry a nice Muslim boy and are always trying to set her up. Their newest option for her is Nadim. Reena and Nadim are both different than their parents realize. They both are passionate about food which causes them to quic
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Jessica
This book just wasn't for me. I wasn't a fan of the characters or the romance or how everything was closed door. It seemed like the author had really good ideas, but certain points were very hurriedly introduced or dropped in and nothing was actually fully developed or fleshed out (her mental health, her sister's old relationship, her mother's secret, her father's secret...). The same thing happened with the side characters too. Things would just be added in and then nothing really happened afte ...more
Dani
*ARC kindly provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
*audio listened on libby

DNF-ed/skim-read after 55%

This was a bust, unfortunately.

The good:
I can’t speak for the Tanzanian-Gujarati representation, but the foodie in me loved the baking and traditional food aspect. It made me search the dishes on Google and learn about the big population of Gujarati people residing in Tanzania, which I did not know.

The bad:
I am not unfamiliar with people who have different
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Azanta
Mar 01, 2021 rated it did not like it
I really, truly had to force myself to get through this book and I wish I DNF’ed it. It was not for me but if you’re looking for a light-hearted rom com with all your favorite cliches and no other plot other than the MC drooling over men explicitly, this is for you. These are not the type of romance books I read so I was not expecting to not like this book at all. My first and most immediate turn off was the ridicule of Islam. Saying over and over that you “respect it but...” does not make the r ...more
human
Nov 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-released
AKSJDLASJDSK I'M CRYING
I'M SCREAMING
THANK YOU NETGALLEY GODS
I PROMISE I'LL WRITE THOSE REVIEWS

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i see desi wedding, i smash that mf want-to-read button
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Larry H
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, rounded up.

Accidentally Engaged , Farah Heron's new book, is a fun, sexy, sweet rom-com about trying to make your own way despite what your parents want. (Like that's easy?)

Reena’s parents want what’s best for her, and in their eyes, finding a man for her to marry is best. Sure, it’s not worked any of the previous times they've tried this, but it looks like this candidate, Nadim, definitely has his pluses—he’s handsome, he has a great body and a sexy British accent, and he loves fo
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Berit☀️✨
⚠️ HAVE BREAD HANDY!

Loved this book! Such a feel good story packed with humor, friendship, family, and calories! I seriously defy you to read this and not crave bread! Reena does not like her job, isn’t thrilled with her love life, and most of all is tired of her meddling family. Her parents have really outdone themselves this time they have moved her latest potential husband into the apartment right across the hall from her. There is no way Reena is going to date this man much less marry him.
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K.J. Charles
Absolutely gorgeous. A hugely enjoyable contemporary with two real, flawed, super likeable characters, conflict rooted mainly in human absurdity, and great food.

What I loved is the very human flaws on display. Reena feels like a failure, won't confront her problems, is prone to jealousy and blaming other people. Not very attractive traits, but extremely relatable ones, which makes it all the more uplifting as we see her sort herself out. Nadim is kind of easily swayed, letting his life be dicta
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Nursebookie
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Be forewarned

Do not, and I repeat do not read this unless you have snacks and food next to you or you will be sorry. This book had me craving for freshly baked sourdough bread and Indian food. Be prepared to laugh, swoon, and whet your appetite. This is a fun one!

I loved the chemistry between 31 yo Reena Manji and her new neighbor Nadim who was not only gorgeous but also speaks with a sexy British accent. It was almost love at first sight until Reena finds out that her father is setting her up w
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aarya
2020 Winter Bingo (#SnowInLoveBingo❄️): Hot Beverage

“You checked all my boxes. Even the secret boxes no one knew about. I could barely breathe that night when I found you sitting outside my door barefoot with a bag of bread. You were prickly and so independent, but I finally felt like I belonged somewhere. You feel like home.”

This was such an emotional read and (not to get too cheesy!) felt like home in a lot of ways. I related so much to Reena's messiness and deep-rooted insecurities. I did
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mish ♡
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
well uhhh this combined with a new semester of school may have just put me in a slump for the entire january. how fun :)
and now i hAVE to write a review about it too :(
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waiiittt cause i just got my first arc OMFGOMGOMG

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dana
Apr 16, 2021 rated it did not like it
I am not South Asian or East African so I will not speak on how that aspect of the character’s identity was represented in the book. Please look for other ownvoices reviewers if you want that perspective.

I picked this book up specifically because it was ramadan and for this month I wanted to stick to reading books about Islam or that have muslim representation. Now don’t get me wrong this book did have muslim representation... it was just horrible. Allow this book to serve as a reminder that no
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Lily Herman
Jan 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Ack! Okay! Well! I'm already feeling very chaotic about this rating and review! Let's dive into it!

There's so much to love about Farah Heron's Accidentally Engaged. Reena is such a fun and unique heroine, Nadim is both lovable and mysterious, and the entire Manji family is a damn trip. Plus the food descriptions in this book not only made my mouth water but also made me decide that bread-baking will be the delayed quarantine hobby I take up next.

I think where things got a little hinky is that th
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Norma
Apr 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Fun, sweet, and entertaining!

This was such a cute, uplifting story that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Would definitely recommend and the audiobook was great!
Trisha Tomy
Blog Review: https://trishadoeseverythingbutstudy2...

I received a free e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

Unfortunately only 46 pages of this book was available for reading but those 46 pages really impressed me!

One of the first things I like about this is her Gujarati heritage....because I've lived in Gujarat for most of my life so I just really loved the small nods to the culture...a puri chhole here, a dhokla there..

Another thing I loved was the sourdough bread...my mother
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Suraya (thesuraya)
Mar 08, 2021 marked it as dnf
Shelves: release-03-21
i understand that there are tons of non-practicing muslims out there, so this book may serve as a representation too, in a different way.

but im sick of authors who flaunt the “Here’s a Muslim rep book!!!” card but depicts everything that Islam clearly forbids. This book has it all, pre-marital sex, alcohol, gambling, all the while still flaunting the “I live in a Muslim household” setting.

I’m not implying that all practicing muslims are good; there are tons of practicing muslims that are doing
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Christy
3 stars

What happens when you become fake engaged to the person your parents are trying to marry you off to… but you decide to keep it from your parents? That’s what Reena is dealing with inAccidentally Engaged. When she learns her new neighbor, Nadim is who her parents want her to marry, she is not happy. She’s in her thirties and not looking to be set up. Nadim is attractive, charming, and friendly and they become fast friends, but that’s all.


Until she needs a partner for a cooking contest sh
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Zoe
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Sweet, humorous, and sassy!

Accidentally Engaged is a fresh, flirty, heartwarming tale that takes you into the life of Reena Manji, a hardworking, young woman of Indian heritage who endeavours to do whatever it takes to change all aspects of her humdrum life, including faking an engagement with the man her parents have promised her to and whom she refuses to marry in order to enter a coveted cooking show contest specifically for couples.

The prose is heartfelt and light. The characters are kind, s
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JenReadsRomance
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the romance between Reena and Nadim a lot! I loved her as a character, I just thought she was so...real. I don't know how else to describe it, her fears and worries, her desire to please her family, her desire to have a different career than the one that seems "safe."

One of the things that I think it does really well, superbly even, is explore how complicated family dynamics STAY COMPLICATED through adulthood. I think a lot of romances tend to discuss family o
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Ashlee » libraryinthecountry
May 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was so charming and delightful, I really enjoyed it! I loved the situation these characters found themselves in and just everything about this book was something to love. Great chemistry, laugh out loud humor and banter, supportive friends, well meaning and lovable family members, and lots and lots of bread making.

Truly, I loved all of the characters in this but Nadim stole my heart. I’m excited to read more from this author!
Sarah Adams
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! This book felt so fresh and easy to read! It felt like a hug! And the characters were super lovable!

Content: Closed-door(ish) romance...nothing graphic, adult language.
RateTheRomance
It was hard for me to imagine loving a book that was based around a potentially arranged marriage, but ACCIDENTALLY ENGAGED is amazing.

Reena is a 32 year old single woman whose parents are constantly trying to direct her life, her career, and her relationships. When Reena meets her new hot neighbor, Nadim, she is intrigued...until she realizes he is the man her father has planned for her to marry. Suddenly Nadim is the enemy that she can't stand, but needs help from to make her dreams a reality.
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nivedha
Nov 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
reading the blurb like hECK YES

"But even secrets kept for self preservation have a way of getting out, especially when meddling parents and gossiping families are involved."
also isn't this quote from it the most relatable thing ever
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nick (the infinite limits of love)
Farah Heron has only released two books and she is already one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. Farah's debut, The Chai Factor, is a work of art, and I was eager to pick up Accidentally Engaged. This book was just as joyful of an experience as The Chai Factor. You can tell that this story is a project that Farah Heron put all her heart into and I'm grateful that she decided to share it with readers.

At the center of Accidentally Engaged is Reena, a South Asian woman who is a little di
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Shagufta
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
I really really wanted to like this book because it’s about a family/female protagonist living in Toronto from East Africa and of Indian descent and it’s not often to see South-Asian/African/Muslim characters in romance novels. The novel is about Reena, who lives in a building her father owns, and meets her neighbour Nadim one day and finds out that he is someone her family approves of and someone who works with her father, and therefore someone she feels is off limits to her. They get along ext ...more
brutallyhonestbookworm
...i’m sorry but like what. A FOOT FETISH 😑
Fanna
A woman in her thirties—Reena—whose passion for cooking and baking makes her finance job look even more dull, and an eligible bachelor and real estate dealer posing as a marriage prospect—Nadim—are thrown in neighboring apartments of a building in Toronto, through a happenstance set up by Reena's desi parents who are adamant on finding that perfect Muslim husband for their daughter.

Efforts meet fate when Nadim agrees to be Reena's partner at a local cooking contest; consequently faking an engag
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Gigi
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishing team for sending me this ARC!

This was a cute read. As a romance reader, I enjoyed it! It's a 3-3.5 stars for me. As a Muslim reader, I was a little put-off.

Reena and Nadim had a connection right from the start and the way they both evolved from the beginning of the story to the end was enjoyable to read. Reena battles with being a first-gen child of an immigrant family in a way that is very relatable to anyone who has dealt with finding the balance betwe
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After a childhood raised on Bollywood, Monty Python, and Jane Austen, Farah Heron wove complicated story arcs and uplifting happily ever afters in her daydreams while pursuing careers in human resources and psychology. She started writing those stories down a few years ago, and never looked back. She writes romantic comedies and women’s fiction full of huge South Asian families, delectable food, a ...more

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