Crazy Rich Asians

Synopsis: When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn't know is that Nick's family home happens to look like a palace, that she'll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia's most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick's formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should--and should not--marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider's look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.

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Ashes Swept

Synopsis: As a ministerial daughter, Synda May Ivey has a duty to her family and to all of Floridian—but she has no interest in galas, garden parties, and high-tech society life. With everything in disarray after her father's death, marriage to her aristocratic childhood friend is the last thing she wants. After escaping to a world of simplicity in the low-tech tractlands, life couldn't be more perfect. Silver Glen is everything she'd hoped for, and Wilken Kirby might help her forget about the noble Everton Greer. But with her overbearing stepfamily in pursuit and her true identity cloaked in deception, her two worlds may not stay separate for long. Having seen her nation through different eyes, she may find it difficult to choose freedom and love over duty.

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No One Ever Asked

I'm already a fan of anything by Jodi Piccoult, so books that are heavy and touch on sensitive topics are typically books that I enjoy. I also enjoy books told in multiple POV. This book touches on race, bias, social awareness, adoption, marital problems, and other issues. However, it does such with empathy and grace - something the author also highlights in her Author Note at the end of the book.

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