Shobhan Bantwal's books are released in India and the Indian subcontinent by Fingerprint Publishing, an imprint of Prakash Books India Pvt Ltd.
RECENT BOOK LAUNCH
The Dowry Bride was released to book stores in July 2015. eBook version is available in all e-formats - Kindle, iPad and Android tablets.
She is 21, married, childless...and
she is about to be burned alive
As India's dowry culture, inspite of the Dowry Law, remains an ugly reality, will Megha Ramnath contribute to changing it, or will she silently succumb to its dark existence?
Desperate to save herself from the horrific, fiery death planned by her husband and mother-in-law, she decides to run for her life...
What will Megha do now? Where will she go?
She turns to the only individual who can protect her---Kunal, the one man who has shown her friendship and respect in her in-laws' bleak household. Hiding in his home, Kunal becomes her protector. But the forbidden attraction between them complicates an already messy situation.
Will Kunal succeed in safeguarding Megha?
Torn between her affection for Kunal and the conventional ethos of society, which will she choose? Follow Megha as she struggles to piece together her fractured life while unveiling the brutal realities hounding India's Dowry Brides.
Reviews for The Dowry Bride -
"Splendidly depicts passion, brutality, and cultures in conflict"
- Dorothy Garlock, New York Times best-selling author
"Vivid, rich ... expertly portrays a young woman caught between love and duty, hope and despair"
- Anjali Banerjee, award-winning author
"Both the brighter and darker sides of India leap off the pages of this excellent, beautifully composed story ... It is a real page turner!"
- Romance Reviews Today (Jani Brooks)
* The Dowry Bride won the “Golden Leaf Award” for best first book.
* The Unexpected Son won the “National Indie Excellence Award” for best multi-cultural fiction.
* The Full Moon Bride won the “Coffee Time Romance Reviewer’s Award” for excellence in romantic fiction.
"Bantwal pairs romance with her trademark taste of how Indian expatriates live in New Jersey, complete with family dynamics and tensions between different ethinic groups."
- Publisher's Weekly on The Reluctant Matchmaker
"The Full Moon Bride is a story that will not only immerse the reader in the Indian culture...but will also grab the reader emotionally... Such is Bantwal's ability to tell a wonderful story"
- Pamela Kramer, Examiner.com on The Full Moon Bride
"Yet another cross-cultural delight by this author."
-Chicago Examiner on The Unexpected Son
"Shobhan Bantwal paints a vivid picture of life in Little India with her colorful descriptions...and characters who will worm their way into your heart."
- Book Reporter on The Sari Shop Widow
"Beautifully written, with realistic dialogue and characters who will make your heart ache at times."
- Romance Reviews Today on The Forbidden Daughter
"An amazing story of modern India. I nominate The Dowry Bride as a Book Sense Pick."
- The Kaleidoscope/BookSense on The Dowry Bride
Multicultural Fiction (10:00 AM)
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