Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The Accidental Wife by Simi.K.Rao

The Accidental Wife by Simi.K.Rao
Marriage is an institution. Marriage is something that remains an enigma to all the unmarried ones.
In her book, The Accidental Wife, the author Simi.K.Rao has given us a story where a marriage in itself is an accident.
In our country, when two people are getting married, all the family members of the soon to be wed couple will be involved. Each one will have his own work regarding the marriage. And Marriage occurs as a result of the cumulative efforts.
As soon as their son or daughter reach the marriageable age, the mother and the father are busy seeing proposals and looking for clues regarding their child's love life.
Mrs.Mehtha was not very different from the prototype Indian parent. Even the American life didn't change the staunch notion that she should marry off her son before he hits thirty. She was very particular that her son gets married to a good girl who is an Indian with good cooking and sewing skills.
But her son, the mighty neurosurgeon, Rihaan Mehtha has other plans. He is wholely dedicated to his work and he is bordering towards workaholism. Whenever his mother brings in the marriage topic in the conversation, he feels wants to flee from the place. But sadly, his mother is too persistent and he was made to agree.
Even though he had agreed to get married, he decides that the job of deciding the bride should be his and he seeks advice from his friend, Rudy, who is a mischievous flirt.
He meets Deepika and he decides that she will be his wife. He had wanted a girl to fill in the space of a wife and he wants nothing emotional from it.
Keeping in mind all of these, he chose Deepika.
Was he successful in getting what he desired?
The book was a racy read. It was a light read with pieces of romance, drama and suspense stitched together, making a wonderful piece totally.
The author has written it in a way which will make you to want to read it in a day and I did it.
Though it seemed dragging towards the end, I liked reading it.
I felt it would have been better, if the prose towards the end was altered a little or even cropping it a bit would have helped.
My Rating : 7/10

About the author:
Simi K. Rao was born and grew up in both northern and southern India before relocating to the U.S., where she has lived for several years. She is the author of multicultural contemporary romantic fiction.

The inspiration for her books and other creative projects comes from her own experience with cross-cultural traditions, lifestyles and familial relationships, as well as stories and anecdotes collected from friends, family and acquaintances.

Rao enjoys exploring the dynamics of contemporary American culture blended with Indian customs and heritage to reflect the challenges and opportunities many Indian-American women face in real life.

Much of Rao's down time is devoted to creative pursuits, including writing fiction, poetry and photography. She is an avid traveler and has visited many locations around the world.

A practicing physician, Rao lives in Denver with her family. Her published works include Inconvenient Relations and The Accidental Wife. She is currently at work on her next release.

Connect with the author and read more of her work on her website at

Find her on Facebook at and Twitter @SimiKRao.


For more information, to schedule an interview, public appearance or book signing; to request a review copy or to obtain promotional materials, please contact Maria Connor at My Author Concierge (; 858-431-6777).

The Accidental Wife – Excerpt #1 


“Another beer to calm the nerves?” A distant cousin who Rihaan had never the pleasure of meeting before, suggested with a knowing smirk.
This was followed by a loud burst of laughter. It was close to midnight, but the party had just begun at the usually serene Mehta abode in South Delhi. “Rihaan doesn’t need anything to cool him down. He’s going to be a full-on man tonight! Can’t afford to disappoint bhabhi, right?” This was promptly followed by another outburst of mirth.
Rihaan submitted to several friendly thumps on his back, returning them with the obligatory wry smile that could be interpreted any which way they desired. He didn’t care about their opinions.
It was true, he hadn’t let a single drop of alcohol pass through his lips. Not because he was anxious to perform well on his wedding night and impress his new wife. On the contrary, he wanted to keep all his faculties intact so he could confirm the suspicion that had been gnawing at his brain ever since the wedding ceremony. And with each moment that passed, his unease had grown steadily.
Unable to bide his time any longer, he stood up and went toward his room paying no heed to the numerous whistles and catcalls that followed in his wake.
Thrusting the door wide open he strode toward the marital bed. It was bare except for his bride’s wedding finery that lay in a neat pile in one corner. His heart now thudding at a frantic pace inside his chest, he scanned the vicinity, fervently hoping his concerns were for nothing.
He approached the wide open balcony door, and his pulse slowed down slightly. Perhaps he’d just been imagining it all?
A girl stood there leaning against the railing, her face upturned toward the full moon. On hearing him approach, she turned around. “Finally! I’ve been waiting like forever!”
He frowned, straining to decipher her features obscured by deep shadow. “Deepika?”
“Naa…, not Deepika.” She stepped forward into the light, a bright smile illuminating her strikingly graceful features.
His heart sank. Not Deepika.
“I am Naina—the girl you married. Goodbye, Rihaan.”

Read more about The Accidental Wife here.

Read The Accidental Wife Excerpt 2 here.

Read The Accidental Wife Excerpt 3 here.

Read The Accidental Wife Excerpt 4 here.

Read The Accidental Wife Excerpt 5 here.

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