Author: Helen Hoang
Publication Date: July 2019
Publisher: Allen and Unwin
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher
Helen Hoang is back with her second novel, a romantic tale with leads that we don’t often see. I look forward to hearing what our members think of the tale.
Synopsis from the Publisher website:
Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions – like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective.
Khai’s family, however, understand that his autism means he processes emotions differently. As he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.
As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.
With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.
The Bride Test is published by Allen and Unwin and is available now from Angus & Robertson Bookworld, Booktopia and where all good books are sold.
Thanks to Allen and Unwin 10 of our Beauty and Lace Club Members are currently reading The Bride Test and you can read their thoughts on the book in the comments below, please be aware there may be spoilers.