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Incense and Sensibility

(The Rajes #3)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  6,006 ratings  ·  902 reviews
The author of Recipe for Persuasion—“not only one of the best but one of the bravest romance novelists working today” (Shelf Awareness)—adds an Indian American twist to Jane Austen's classic Sense and Sensibility in this delightful retelling that is a feast for the senses.

Yash Raje, California’s first serious Indian gubernatorial candidate, has always known exactly what he
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 6th 2021 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Jul 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2021
By far the best one in this series. I adored Yash and India! 😍
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Sonali Dev's characters just all feel so real to me--SO charming, and so, so big-hearted. ...more
Aug 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh Wow! Consider I am hooked by Miss Dev. This woman is the new Jane Austen. She blends the story of Sense and Sensibility with a modern twist. I love the story. There are a lot of moral stories especially about family and power, friendship and love. All is done with a modern prospective.

I heard a lot about Miss Dev. It is such a pleasure I had a chance to read one of her books. Jane Austen is my all time favorite author. And Miss Dev is the new Jane Austen. The way she blends it with Indian cu
Literary Redhead
Sonali Dev weaves magic into her third Jane Austen-inspired novel, and I loved everything about it! Dev has a lovely wry spirit that connects us deeply to her characters, while adding an irresistible Indian-American flavor to her storyline.

She’s my new fav writer and I loved meeting the Raje family, especially Yash, who is running for governor of California when a friend is shot during a political rally, and sought-after yoga therapist India Dashwood, who helps Yash deal with the resulting anxi
Renaissance Kate
My favorite of the Raje books so far and the best of Dev's Jane Austen retellings! I absolutely loved it. Full RTC! ...more
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, giveaways
**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**

I was prepared to love this story and the beginning was right up my alley - Yash Raje, California's gubernatorial candidate, developes terrible anxiety attacks after being shot at during one of the rallies. With only 3 months of campaigning left before the election he cannot afford to show his vulnerability and is forced to seek help. He reaches out to India Dashwood - stress management coach and yoga instructor - and the romance ensu
May 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Complex and sensitive story about a woman you’d like to be (or at least be friends with) and a man you’d love to love (or at least vote for). Heartfelt family dynamics and compelling conflict combine in this sensitive slow-burn romance. Plus, Sonali Dev’s writing is so good! Buy this one.
Rachel Reads Ravenously
So for right now, this is a DNF at 200 pages in. I previously did audiobook format for the first two books and really enjoyed them and did hard copy this time so I may go back and try again on audio. But this was dragging, 200 pages in and nothing was happening.

I definitely will still go on to read The Emma Project but will be doing that one on audio.
Aug 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Raje series and it doesn't disappoint. Can't wait for more. ...more
Abigail Bok
Jul 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Sonali Dev may be my favorite writer of contemporary romance, if only because she takes the genre seriously and doesn’t write to formula. Earlier this week I was listening to a literary agent tick off all the tropes that “must” be present in romance fiction, and I wanted to tie her to a volcano and force this book down her throat. That attitude is so disrespectful toward readers who happen to love the marriage plot! We also love a fresh idea, fresh story lines, original writing about attraction, ...more
Lies and truth!

What a tangled, complicated web Dev has woven here. And didn’t I just LOVE this addition to the Rajes series. It’s brilliant, a ruby contribution to this series, shining warmth and love across deflection, hate and lies. (I didn’t use a diamond analogy ‘cause that’s way to glittery and harsh.) This is the story of love sidelined by circumstances and choice. Although those reasons are not all bad, for Yash Raje they’ve become a stranglehold.
Yash is running for the California Governo
overall I found this too long and lacking in romance I guess I had a lot of expectations for Yash ever since reading about him in book one..
India comes across as a martyr, and it is something that got on my nerves..
as far as a reimagining of Austen goes, I like the fresh take on it and the idea behind it..

Bhavana S
Aug 23, 2021 rated it it was ok
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Priscilla Oliveras
Jul 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
From the first page, Sonali Dev had me hooked! Incense and Sensibility is an emotion-packed, angsty, swoony romance that gave me ALL THE FEELS.

Yash is a hero you can't help but fall in love with--a good man who willingly carries the weight of responsibility for others on his shoulders (broad, strong shoulders!). Alas, he's a wounded hero and only India (a heroine truly deserving of her HEA) can heal him. But Yash's long-standing fake relationship with a dear friend, his bid for governor of Calif
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
I don’t know how this series gets better with every single book when they’re all so awesome, but it does. Yash and India...a second chance that took me on a journey I didn’t want to end (and I stayed up past midnight finishing). Just AMAZING!
After one brief, disappointing romantic encounter, two dutiful, put together people go on with their set paths until unforeseen circumstances make them take stock and also bring them back together for a possible second chance. The Raje family stories are a heartwarming encounter with Austen in a modern Indian American family.

Incense and Sensibility is the third of the standalone romances in a series of modern retellings of Austen’s novels. They are connected by family, but work just fine out of
Ayushi (bookwormbullet)
This book may have restored my cold dead heart. I absolutely loved following Yash and India’s story in Incense and Sensibility. It felt so nice to return to the world of The Rajes after loving Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors and Recipe for Persuasion (which still remains my number one adult contemporary of all time). And I’m officially declaring now that Sonali Dev is literally the BEST at writing second chance romances. I don’t even know if Incense and Sensibility counts as a second chance ...more
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Jul 27, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: july-2021
This one was so angsty towards the end and I freaking hated our hero's best friend. She was pure evil!!!! Crazy stuff. I also didn't like how our hero fake dated someone for so long and how both of our characters didn't admit their feelings for each other till more than halfway through the book! Plus our hero needed to tell her things but he had severe trust issues and explained everything a little too late for my liking. ...more
Ana | She Said Yes to Books
This was my first time reading this author and probably the last. I couldn’t get into this book. Incense and Sensitivity was a modern retelling of Sense and Sensibility. I felt almost no connection with the characters. I was super bored. I just couldn’t finish it.
Lisa Wolf
4.5 stars.

As you might guess from the title — but not from the synopsis — Incense and Sensibility is a modern-day retelling of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. It’s also a moving, well-written, and engaging contemporary novel about love, pain, and healing.

I&S continues the loosely connected story of the Rajes, a wealthy Indian-American family living in the Bay Area. Previous books have focused on Yash’s sister Trisha (Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors) and his cousin Ashna (Recipe For Pers
Wow. So apparently I don't like homages to Sense and Sensibility either. This book dragged. A lot. There is no chemistry between India and Yash. I feel for Yash, but most of this was due to him deciding to just lie to everyone and I started running out of sympathy. I also laughed about the unrealistic ending. Maybe because the media these day's don't seem to be on the side of anyone that would be considered liberal like Yash, I think the fall out would have been a lot bigger than what Dev portra ...more
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
India Dashwood has eaten, slept, and breathed yoga and a holistic lifestyle her entire life. She runs her family's yoga and incense business with her mom. But after tapping out their finances for a much needed remodel, India isn't sure what to do when some unexpected medical bills for her mom start picking up. Add to that the reappearance in her life of an old flame from 10 years ago that burnt out as quickly as it was lit and India is struggling to juggle it all.

Yash Raje is that old flame. He'
Apr 02, 2022 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars
Sense and Sensibility rarely gets adapted because it simply doesn't translate as well as for modern audiences as Pride and Prejudice. It is hard to convey the cult of sensibility that reigned following the Age of Enlightenment. But this book does it remarkably well. I have to give major kudos for translating some of the deeper themes of the original material.
But...I just can't with this book.
It was so dang angsty.
Are they 17 or nearly 40??
I didn't find any spark between the main couple
Jul 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
It’s going to take me a few days to process this story. It was much more intense than I expected. Don’t get it twisted - this is definitely romance. But it is serious and deals with a lot of real issues. I loved the progression of the characters. I felt like this book was much closer to the original material from which it was inspired. Definitely worth reading! 4.5 stars
Kari Ann Sweeney
Jun 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
(PUB DATE 7.6)  Thanks to NetGalley and William Morrow books for early copy of one of my most anticipated reads of 2021, 𝐈𝐍𝐂𝐄𝐍𝐒𝐄 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐄𝐍𝐒𝐈𝐁𝐈𝐋𝐈𝐓𝐘.

I placed it on my hypothetical pedestal and it easily earned the spot. It was just lovely!

This second chance love story is deeply layered.  It's a story about family, responsibility, and power of choice.  I could feel the characters struggle between choosing what's expected of them or choosing what is true in their heart. 

What I appreciate about Dev's
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
A Compelling Tale of Healing, Acceptance, and Embracing What You Need

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

TYPE OF NOVEL: Sense and Sensibility Modern Adaptation

SERIES: The Rajes Series #3

NOTE: Each novel ini the The Raje Series is stand alone and can be read out of order.

THE PREMISE: Yash Raje has always been confident, driven, and laser-focused on his political aspirations, until a horrifying act of violence at a rally shook him to his core. Now Yash needs to work through h
Jul 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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I liked a lot about this retelling of Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Sisters India and China Dashwood
are the perfect iteration of Elinor and Marianne. India is a yoga leader, appearing calm and strong, due to her deep breathing (and other yogic techniques). China is out there. Her feelings on display for all to see, her naïveté regarding their long lasting reciprocity, so vulnerable. I was confused by their names.India was born in Thailand. China was born in Africa. There didn’t seem to be any
I found this title in a list of chick-lit reads included near the back of Emily Henry’s novel Book Lovers. Dev has written adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels with Indian-American characters in modern-day settings. As indicated by the title, this one is a retelling of the Dashwood sisters’ story and Dev chose to emphasise Elinor’s romance with Edward Ferrars and downplay Marianne’s romance.

I never particularly enjoyed Elinor and Edward’s romance, probably caused by my first impression of Edward
Jamie Beck
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I read this months ago and can't believe I forgot to leave a review! This is my favorite of the Raje/Austen reimaginings, and not just because I LOVE YASH! It's remarkable to me that, although this is a book that delves into politics and violence, it is still remarkably a romantic book that doesn't feel overly weighed down by the complex "real world" issues in the story. The heart of the story and romantic conflict really boils down to questions about integrity and the complications that arise i ...more
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Sonali Dev’s first literary work was a play about mistaken identities performed at her neighborhood Diwali extravaganza in Mumbai. She was eight years old. Despite this early success, Sonali spent the next few decades getting degrees in architecture and written communication, migrating across the globe, and starting a family while writing for magazines and websites. With the advent of her first gr ...more

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