Title: The Arctic Curry Club
Author: Dani Redd
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction, Chicklit
Published: December 9th, 2021
‘For my whole life I had been looking for home. But why would that be in a place that I’d left? Perhaps I had to keep moving forward in order to find it…’
Soon after upending her life to accompany her boyfriend Ryan to the Arctic, Maya realises it’s not all Northern Lights and husky sleigh rides. Instead, she’s facing sub-zero temperatures, 24-hour darkness, crippling anxiety – and a distant boyfriend as a result.
In her loneliest moment, Maya opens her late mother’s recipe book and cooks Indian food for the first time. Through this, her confidence unexpectedly grows – she makes friends, secures a job as a chef, and life in the Arctic no longer freezes her with fear.
But there’s a cost: the aromatic cuisine rekindles memories of her enigmatic mother and her childhood in Bangalore. Can Maya face the past and forge a future for herself in this new town? After all, there’s now high demand for a Curry Club in the Arctic, and just one person with the know-how to run it…
A tender and uplifting story about family, community, and finding where you truly belong – guaranteed to warm your heart despite the icy setting!
This book is about Maya, who moves in the Arctic with her boyfriend who got a research job on polar bears.
The mood is light, and full of drama. I liked reading Maya’s character because it’s so relatable to me in terms of her anxiety disorder. It felt so real and I could picture myself in her. The author, despite this being her debut, wrote amazingly well. Maya is an awkward lady, really kind and full of life. Her love for food drew me in, and I was in awe at all the beautiful dishes she prepared.
A character I despise is her boyfriend and I really wished he got more than what he got at the end. That man is a nasty manipulator.
The book is fast paced and we get to see both the beautiful Arctic (which I’ve never got to know in terms of weather conditions) and the awesome India. Some flashbacks are seen, which helped in showing Maya’s mom and who she was back then. A wonderful cook, who had some mental problems hence her severe anxiousness, it’s obvious that’s why Maya grew up with her disorder.
The book has a happy ending, Maya becoming a chef once again and finding out the mystery behind her mother’s death. It was an enjoyable read, even though at times, it was slow and was hard for me to continue.
Thank you very much to Netgalley, the Publisher and the author for the arc copy of this book.