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A delectable romantic comedy about a woman who fakes an engagement to the boy next door to enter a couples cooking contest--named one of the best romances of the year by NPR, USA Today, and Entertainment Weekly. When it comes to bread, Reena Manji knows exactly what she's doing. She treats her sourdough starters like (somewhat unruly) children. But when it comes to Reena's actual family—and their constant meddling in her life—well, that recipe always ends in disaster.Now Reena's parents have found her yet another potential Good Muslim Husband. This one has the body of Captain America, a delicious British accent, and lives right across the hall. He's the perfect, mouthwatering temptation . . . and completely ruined by the unwelcome side dish of parental interference.Reena refuses to marry anyone who works for her father. She won't be attracted to Nadim's sweet charm or gorgeous lopsided smile. That is, until the baking opportunity of a lifetime presents itself: a couples' cooking competition with the prize of her dreams. Reena will do anything to win—even asking Nadim to pretend they're engaged. But when it comes to love, baking your bread doesn't always mean you get to eat it too.Entertainment Weekly Best Romances of 2021USA Today Best Rom-Coms of 2021NPR Best Romances of 2021CBC Best Books of CanadaVulture Best Romances of 2021
Grand Central Publishing
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"A very cute, quirky book! Reena and Nadim are cute (though it’s hard to get over Nadim’s secrets). I love the Indian culture and food described in the book. I think Heron does well to include the double diaspora component of Reena’s heritage being a Canadian child of Indian-Tanzanian immigrants. I absolutely love that Reena refuses to “water down” her culture or recipes. I definitely recommend this book. It’s got food, quarter life crisis, and a hot Indian Captain America with a British accent. "
"This was not what I expected when I read the title of Accidentally Engaged. I thought it would be a couple who pretended to be engaged in front of their family and then end up falling in love. Despite the is not being what I expected, I still really enjoyed it. I like how the couple had to work together in order to win a cooking competition and through this experience they find that they have a lot in common. What started out as an arranged marriage turned into a live match! (Also now I really want to learn how to bake bread!"