Author: Leah Franqui
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Summary: This was heart-warming read, without being overly neat.
“Pival Sengupta has done something she never expected: she has booked a trip with the First Class India USA Destination Vacation Tour Company. ..Traveling thousands of miles from Kolkota to New York on a cross-country journey to California … she hopes to uncover the truth about her beloved son, Rahi. A year ago Rahi devastated his very traditional parents when he told them he was gay. Then, Pival’s husband, Ram, told her that their son had died suddenly—heartbreaking news she still refuses to accept.” (source) She will make the trip accompanied by first-time guide Satya and a companion hired to protect Pival’s modesty, aspiring actress Rebecca. The experience will cause all three of them to see themselves, their countries, and their families in new ways.
I picked this up when I was in the mood for a heart-warming read and it fit the bill perfectly. It was such a lovely, enjoyable read that I almost forgot to take notes! I just had so much fun getting to know the characters. They came from very different backgrounds and each had their own prejudices and blind spots. The tour puts them in forced proximity with one another, making them each confront their biases and teaching all of them new things.
Satya thinks about Rebecca in a rather creepy way. This wasn’t addressed as clearly as I’d have liked. His story also is left the most unresolved, enough that it bothered me. For Rebecca and Pival, though, I appreciated that the ending was hopeful without resolving everything too neatly. I particularly loved Pival’s characters. There were several scenes focused on her which made me weepy. It was delightful to see her start to direct her own life and have new experiences.