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Love Potion Number 10 by Betsy Woodman
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bookshelves: animals, concierge, culture, historical-fiction, india, library, strong-women

Book two in the Jana Bibi Adventures series begins when Jana is asked to participate in a newspaper interview. Word has gotten out about how she saved her town, Hamara Nagar, with the help of her fortune-telling parrot, Mr Ganguly, and now the Weekly wants to send a reporter to do a feature article. There’s also a gang of animal thieves operating in the district, and Mr Ganguly seems to be their next target. A group of foreign investors has their eyes on the local hotel, looking to refurbish and remodel to make it a luxury tourist destination. And now the local apothecary, Abinath, has created Love Potion Number 10 (LPN10), which has Jana wondering if love is possible again at age fifty-nine.

Woodman lived some ten years in India and she writes about 1960s India in a way that honors its past and makes this reader long to experience Jana Bibi’s home. The culture comes alive, especially as Jana – a Scot by birth – is so very fond of her adopted home, and works so hard to preserve the culture as it is.

The characters are charmingly eccentric, the setting is beautiful and exotic, the plot has a few twists and turns, and there are some genuinely funny moments to entertain and delight.
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
December 29, 2018 – Finished Reading
January 6, 2019 – Shelved
January 6, 2019 – Shelved as: animals
January 6, 2019 – Shelved as: concierge
January 6, 2019 – Shelved as: culture
January 6, 2019 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
January 6, 2019 – Shelved as: india
January 6, 2019 – Shelved as: library
January 6, 2019 – Shelved as: strong-women

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