I loved the way the heroine Tanuja is portrayed. Quiet and acquiescent – but still waters run deep! Beneath the forced calm and endless patience lie not just genuine kindness but also a hidden vivacity and determination, a thirst for the better life that she deserves. As for the hero Raj, he’s a real charmer. A self-made man who manages to exude confidence as much as true generosity and honesty. Tanu caught herself a rare gem with this man who could indeed be the prince to her Cinderella.
The family dynamics were interesting to read, especially because Tanu’s and Raj’s family seemed polar opposites. I enjoyed hating the stereotypical evil step-mom, but I had problems getting on board with just how mean one of the step-sisters was. All the puzzle pieces fitted nicely together though. The book turned out to be a shortish, thoroughly entertaining read. I only wish I’d been offered more glimpses of the 70s in India because the story often felt like a contemporary one.