Everything was Goodbye by Gurjinder Basran
This is tale about a young Indo-Canadian girl, Meena, who takes us through the experience of trying to please her family, while desperately desiring to break free from tradition. The youngest of six daughters to a widowed mother, Meena resists her family's wishes and falls in love with a young white boy, Liam. Caught between two worlds of family and desire, Meena struggles with hard choices, while trying to find her place in the world.
Why we love Everything was Goodbye
Absolutely heart-wrenching in it's beauty, this novel is a serious page turner. With all the drama and heartbreak one could wish for in a romance, Everything was Goodbye is a must-read this February.
While written by a Canadian author, Cereus Blooms at Night takes us off the mainland and down to an imaginary Caribbean island, in the town of Paradise. This novel combines the thrill of a good romance with a crime drama. Through an elderly Mala Ramchandin's vivacious male nurse, Tyler, the mystery surrounding her family is slowly unveiled through seductive story telling about the relationships in Paradise. We become privy to about a half dozen romantic plot lines, some horrifying, and some heartbreaking.
Why we love Cereus Blooms at Night
The writing is succulent and sensual, and the drama undeniable. While some people call the novel magic realism, and others “plant realism,” the relationships, both romantic and familial, are absolutely real.
Ana Historic is a difficult, but beautiful read about a young woman, Annie, negotiating the relationships in her life through re-writing a historical text about a woman whose name she stumbled upon while doing research for her husband's historical research project. The story goes back in time to the imagined Mrs. Richards, Annie's childhood, and back again to the present tense where Annie reconciles her own relationships with her mother, husband, and friend Zoe.
This novel is a beautiful exploration of womanhood, through which Annie awakens to her sexuality and inner strength.
Why we love Ana Historic
Not only is it a beautifully crafted novel, but its feminist perspective is exactly what we like to see in a romance. You can read it time and time again, and find some new nuance with each read. The perfect intimacy captured in scenes throughout the novel is more than a fair substitute for the cheap thrills of 50 Shades.