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Love Comes Later by [Rajakumar, Mohanalakshmi]
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About the Author

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a South Asian American who has lived in Qatar since 2005. She has since published eight eBooks including a mom-ior for first time mothers, Mommy But Still Me, a guide for aspiring writers, So You Want to Sell a Million Copies, a short story collection, Coloured and Other Stories, and a novel about women’s friendships, Saving Peace. Her recent books have focused on various aspects of life in Qatar and won several awards. From Dunes to Dior, named as a Best Indie book in 2013, is a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian American living in the Arabian Gulf. Love Comes Later is a literary romance set in Qatar and London; the novel was the winner of the Best Indie Book Award for Romance in 2013, a Finalist in the eFestival of Words, Best Novel category, and short listed for the New Talent Award for by the Festival of Romance 2012. Her third novel, The Dohmestics is an inside look into compound life, the day to day dynamics between housemaids and their employers. After she joined the e-book revolution, Mohana dreams in plotlines. Learn more about her work on her website at www.mohanalakshmi.com or follow her latest on Twitter: @moha_doha

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008I4JJES
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #364,309 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book was so very interesting, and my own background as a young Muslim woman (though I'm not Qatari) helped me relate. I can't remember the last time I read a book I could relate, religiously, with. It may have been 'Does my head look big in this?' Written by Randa Abdel-Fattah. Love Comes Later is equally a pleasurable read- it follows the lives of two individuals (Abdulla and Hind), alternating between them, each chapter or so.

Abdulla was arguably the most interesting character in the book. He was a young man mourning the passing of his wife and unborn child, a man burdened by the responsibility to marry again- he's tormented under this pressure. Amd he feels unprepared and seriously unwilling: why take another chance at marriage?

But as young, and as moderate as he may be...He can't escape his family, nor their cultural values. So as much as he tries to delay and hold off any arrangements regarding a future wife, there's not a lot he can do. Of course, when there's no other option, we are forced to relent and make the best of the situation. Abdulla is no different, he honours their values, and agrees to meet a fellow cousin: Hind. Fortunately for him, Hind sets a condition to their engagement: she must be allowed to study at university in England for a year. That means a year away from him- he assents to this, regarding it to be fortunate.

As upsetting as it is to think that she needs his permission at all, I was pleased to find Abdulla willing to comply. It's a shame that not all cultures bless women with the liberty of choosing their own future. Of this, I have first-hand experience: my parents are heavily conservative and traditional in their thoughts of what liberties a woman may be afforded with.
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I was given a review copy of the novel by the author and asked to provide an independent review.
Reading this on Kindle, for the first 20% of the book, I kind of liked it, but it wasn't holding my attention. But, wow, as soon as I got to 20%, I sprinted through this book and could not put it down. I've never been to Qatar, the nearest I managed was Bahrain, but I love reading and learning about other cultures. There were plenty of twists to keep me enthralled and I couldn't have foreseen the ending.
On the surface, this is a book about arranged marriages, but it goes so much deeper than that. With a great deal of it set in the UK, where the girls are students, it was a lot easier for me to visualise the scenes and attitudes of others.
I could clearly see the girls' apartment, feel the chemistry between certain individuals, understand the frustration of each of the main characters.
Duty, what is honourable, permitted and frowned upon were key elements throughout the novel and in particular women's place in Qatari society.
I loved how the girls rebelled and the presence of an Indian girl, with a similar, but not identical, background, only added to the intrigue. I also felt I learned a lot about both cultures.
The tragedy at the beginning of the book, the loyalty of the younger sister and some of the outrageous events later (culturally) only added to my enjoyment.
All in all, a novel worth reading, particularly if you like to learn about new cultures or if you have ever been fascinated by what goes on behind the scenes with regards to arranged marriages.
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So a disclaimer. I've attended a writing workshop and Mohana was the facilitator and she was very inspiring. Also, I divide my time between Doha and London.

This novel is a rare glimpse into a hidden world and like any voyeur I lapped it up. It was heartening to see Abdulla portrayed as such a real person instead of an exotic other. I feel that sometimes the thobe and the abaya act as walls but they are not insurmountable. Abdulla's guilt is palpable.

I enjoyed the build up of the romance, the lure of forbidden fruits and the futile though fervent resistance. Real events such as the Olympics and the Villagio tragedy injected such an immediacy that drew me deep into Hind and Sangita's world. So much so that I was late for a meeting. I love the triumphal message of love conquers but not without sacrifice of self and family loyalties. Additionally, it shows that despite our differences we are more alike than different.

Since, I read the novel in 2 sittings, I'm sure I missed many subtleties. What a reason to cosy up again with Abdulla and friends.
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No matter what I say about this novel, I can't do it enough justice in this book review, but I'll try. One of its best assets is that it's fast paced and every scene has a purpose, which is something I can't say about many novels these days. I don't like calling novels "unputdownable" because even the best novels are dense sometimes. Thankfully, that isn't the case with "Love Comes Later". The novel is truly a page turner, in part due to the great characterization as well as the themes it tackles. Among other things, "Love Comes Later" is about love, happiness, freedom, and indecision. The novel is set in Qatar and London.

Hind and Abdulla are cousins who get engaged after the passing of Abdulla's wife, but neither of them wants to get married. Hind feels like she has no control over her life, and has a taste of freedom when she leaves to London for a year to complete her master's degree. Abdulla also feels suffocated by social pressures and eventually rebels against his society to prove to both himself and his family that he can. Hind befriends a South-Asian American woman at university and they realize that their societies have a lot in common. Their friendship is tested when Abdulla travels to London. The novel is very dramatic and adventurous, and you can't help but root for the characters' happiness.

The novel stays true to the culture in many respects, and foreigners who read this will have the opportunity to discover a new culture, while people who live in Qatar will probably nod and smile in amazement when they recognize aspects of Qatari culture. Obviously, the book isn't representative of all sects of the society, but many details ring true.
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