The Bride Test
by Helen Hoang
From the USA Today bestselling author of The Kiss Quotient comes a romantic novel about love that crosses international borders and all boundaries of the heart…
Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.
As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.
With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.
I absolutely LOVED The Bride Test by Helen Hoang! I remember receiving an advance copy in the mail in January around 11am. I instantly loved the cover and opened it to chapter one to JUST see how it started. By the time I looked up it was 6pm and I was on chapter 16! I only stopped reading because a) I had to make dinner and b) I had other books to read in advance due that month. It was a tough decision, but something I was so looking forward to catching up on in May. I knew exactly where I left off even after all that time. Now you know, this one’s a page turner!
Esme gets a chance of a lifetime to find a way to make a better life for herself and her family. She’s smart, kind, hands on, with a fun personality yet still has an air of innocence at times. She doesn’t give up easily when faced with challenges, and falls madly in love with a man she can’t figure out at times.
Khai can’t believe his mom is trying to set him up. Again. How hard is it for his family to understand that’s not capable of love. They mean well, and he knows it. But when he’s around Esme, his brain tells him one thing and his heart reacts another way. Reading Khai’s thoughts on how he feels and his actions was so interesting and realist. I also love the special relationship he has with his brother, Quan.
I felt a strong connection to Khai’s side of the story, as well as Esme’s. While The Bride Test had many fun, and entertaining moments, it also contained strong family bonds, personal growth for the main characters, all kinds of emotions and passionate love. In the end I had the sappiest of smiles.
I love Helen Hoang’s writing style and voice and highly recommend The Bride Test! In fact, if you enjoy audiobooks, I highly recommend it, too. The narration is excellent in my opinion. Give The Bride Test audiobook sample a try.
Books by Helen Hoang
About Helen Hoang
Helen Hoang is that shy person who never talks. Until she does. And the worst things fly out of her mouth. She read her first romance novel in eighth grade and has been addicted ever since.
In 2016, she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in line with what was previously known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Her journey inspired THE KISS QUOTIENT.
She currently lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two kids, and pet fish.
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