Narrator: Soneela Nankani
Published by Forever on 2022-03-08
Length: 10 hours and 51 minutes
Reviewing Audiobook from My Book Shelf
Reading Challenges: #NGEW2022, 2022 Audiobook Challenge, 2022 New Release Challenge, COYER 2022
Jane Austen's Emma goes Bollywoood in this delightful retelling from the highly acclaimed author of Accidentally Engaged, perfect for fans of Abby Jimenez and Jasmine Guillory.
Kamila Hussain’s life might not be perfect, but, whew, it’s close. She lives a life of comfort, filled with her elaborate Bollywood movie parties, a dog with more Instagram followers than most reality stars, a job she loves, and an endless array of friends who clearly need her help finding love. In fact, Kamila is so busy with her friends’ love lives, she’s hardly given any thought to her own...
Fortunately, Kamila has Rohan Nasser. A longtime friend of the family, he’s hugely successful, with the deliciously lean, firm body of a rock climber. Only lately, Kamila’s “harmless flirting” with Rohan is making her insides do a little bhangra dance.
But between planning the local shelter’s puppy prom, throwing a huge work event, and proving to everyone that she’s got it all figured out, Kamila isn’t letting herself get distracted - until her secret nemesis returns to town with an eye for Rohan. Suddenly, it seems like the more Kamila tries to plan, the more things are starting to unravel - and her perfectly ordered life is about to be turned upside down.
This is a really cute story! Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron is a modern-day retelling of Austen’s classic Emma. Kamila lives and works with her aging father. As his primary caretaker, his health is her number one concern, everything else comes second. As a result, Kamila spends most of her free time matchmaking her friends and living a life everyone expects her to live. But when her nemesis returns to town and with the potential of her best friend finding a love of his own, Kamila begins to examine what she really wants and needs.
I love Kam! She is such a fun character. She is loyal to a fault, a little flighty with above average smarts. I love how empathetic she is to everyone she meets. However her downfall comes in that she tries to fit everyone into a neat box within her own life. It doesn’t sit well with her family or friends, and eventually catches up to her.
Rohan is amazing. It’s easy to see from the reader perspective where his interests lie. I love his relationship with Kam. They compliment each other really well. But like her, he has a downside. I needed more of him 😉
This is a very slow burn type romance. So slow that I nearly gave up. Instead though I switched to audio (honestly I think this had more to do with my inability to focus than the book itself). I highly recommend the narrator. She is fantastic, kept my attention throughout, and I never had a problem figuring out which character was speaking.
Overall, I enjoyed Kamila Knows Best. The author stays true to the original themes in Emma giving it a modern flare and incorporating cultural differences, which I loved reading and looking up to learn for myself. If you are a fan of romance, I highly recommend this one.