UNWANTED GIRL came out just two weeks ago and I had the opportunity to read the ARC. Today, I’ll share my review of the heart gripping story by MK Schiller. Grab your own copy of this multi-cultural contemporary romance (check out the links at the end of this review)!
Unwanted Girl by MK Schiller
Released on January 19, 2016
Published by Lyrical Shine
Genres: Multi-Cultural, Contemporary Romance
Also by this author: The Do-Over, In Other Words series, A Girl By Any Other Name, Variables of Love
Hosted by Lady Amber’s Tours
*** Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the writer. However, this doesn’t influence my opinion of the book or the written words in this review. ***
Unwanted Girl is a heart-gripping, poignant and raw story about love. It’s a story about the romance kind-of-love with a happily ever after. It’s a story about family. It’s a story about a different culture. A culture where Female Gendercide is a standard. A culture where boys are preferred over girls, and girl babies are being abandoned or killed, because they don’t bring in money, but only cost money. Unwanted Girl is also the story of a broken and reclusive writer finding light in the dark. MK Shiller knows how to tell a fascinating tale with her engaging and beautiful prose.
Nick Dorsey is a writer. He had a difficult youth. He lived a poor life. He was abandoned by both his parents. He lost the only person who ever cared about him and who raised him. His grandfather. Nick went of the rails. He also picked it back up. Now, he’s a recovering addict. Been sober for eighteen months. Living his days with a rigid order. Paying for his dues. All alone. Nick Dorsey is a writer with a severe case of writer’s block. He only sees dark, but there is light on the horizon. Light in the form of his sandwich delivery girl. Who has been delivering his sandwiches, every night, for over a year. Shyla Metha.
Shyla Metha is a shy and timid Indian girl. She studies at NYU. She has a student visa, that’s almost expired. She only has a couple months to go before she graduates. A couple months before she goes back to India, to teach in the Third World. Shyla Metha is feeling as alone as Nick Dorsey. Shyla also enjoys delivering Nick’s sandwiches. It’s the highlight of her day. Even though, their conversations aren’t anything big. They have a little routine. Shyla gives Nick his sandwich. He pays her. She grabs for change. He tells her to keep it. She provides him with a weather forecast, that is never correct. He tells her to be safe. She goes home. Until one day, Shyla decides to take a risk and invites herself into Nick’s home.
Nick has a literary agent, who is also his friend – Carrie. Nick is font of Carrie and her little family, as they were the reason he pulled through when he was at his lowest. Nick is ashamed of the choices he made in the past. So, even though he really loves Carrie and her family, he hasn’t visited since he stopped using drugs. Nick and Shyla have a lot in common. They both feel lonely. They both love reading. They both have stories to tell. And they bring each other happiness.
Nick and Shyla form a strong bond over shared sandwiches and juice boxes. There is an immediate chemistry between the two. Sparks are flying! And even though Shyla is introvert, she knows how to speak her mind when she is with Nick. She’s incredibly smart and a strong debater, as is Nick. The attraction between Nick and Shyla is visible from the first described encounter. Little by little, they get to know each other better. Little by little, we get to know both of them better. And I love that. I love figuring out details about the characters with every chapter that I read. In every chapter they also heal each other. They keep each other company. They laugh. And Shyla gives Nick the inspiration to write. Because Shyla has a heartbreaking story to tell. A story that Nick is able to put to paper. And what a story it is. A story about love, but not love as in love between a man and a woman. It’s not a romantic story. It’s a story about the love for family. Love from a mother to a child, no matter the circumstances. About how strong that kind of love can be, even though there is no biological bond. Love that transforms into actions – going against all odds – that will protect the child. Because no matter what, the happiness of the child comes first.
And while all the story writing happens, Nick and Shyla create their own romantic story. They fall in love. Too bad, it’s not meant to be. They are on a deadline: Shyla’s graduation. The point of no return. The day that marks the end of her visa. The day she needs to return to India. And Shyla really has to go back. It’s always been her plan. She can’t change it for no one, not even Nick. Is there a way they can rewrite their last chapter? Is their love strong enough to rewrite it?
Unwanted Girl has left me crying, laughing, oh-ing, ah-ing and thinking. The story is incredible. Not impossible, but improbable. It contains a twist I thought I saw coming, forgot about, and than it shocked me. A twist that was even more twisted than I could ever imagine. If you’re looking for a story that will grip you by the heart and that will show you some gritty details that will leave you reeling and thinking, Unwanted Girl is an absolute must read for you!
She shrugged. “The writing’s good, but I didn’t care for the characters.”
“They felt one-dimensional. He comes across as a womanizing, self-indulgent fool.”
Nick arched his brow, his lips quirking into a grin. “He’s got his faults, but I wouldn’t describe him that way.”
“As bad as he was, though, the heroine was even worse. She seemed stupid and fake…almost vapid. She was always getting herself into trouble and falling into hot water.” Encouraged by his amused smile, she continued, “And I refer to hot water in the literal sense. The one I read, the girl was suspended from the ceiling over a pot of boiling water until Max Montero swooped in at the last minute.”
“It was acid, and he likes saving beautiful women from danger. What’s wrong with that?”
“She could have saved herself, or better yet, not gotten into the situation. And he…well, he could have been nicer to her in general.”
“Not every hero comes in a one-size-fits-all package, Shyla. Don’t hold back, though. Tell me what you really think.”
“Okay, I will. I can appreciate a different kind of hero, but I’d like one with a functioning set of scruples. In the scheme of things, these books don’t deserve shelf space with the others. They definitely fall into the dime store drivel category.”
“Ouch,” Nick said, pouring himself another drink. “I don’t think you understand the concept of sarcasm.”
What are the other meanings for shucks?” she asked.
“It has many definitions. It can be a husk on the outer layer of corn. Or it can mean worthless.” She gave him a questioning look so he offered an example, dropping his voice slightly. “Like I don’t give a shucks about what we do as long as we do it together.” Her face flushed slightly, her smile turning suggestive. Encouraged, he dropped his voice a few octaves more. Test the water, Dorsey, but don’t fucking dive in! “Or it could mean to discard.”
“As in peel off. For example, she shucked off her black T-shirt in a hurry.” His feet dipped into the complicated waters he’d avoided, waters that could heat up to boiling point if they kept creeping down this dangerous path.
“I see. So if I said, do you mind if we don’t shuck tonight, that would be a proper use?”
Nick opened his mouth to respond, to try to eat up the words already spilling out into the atmosphere, but she held up her hand, and her lips parted slightly. “But I hope we do shuck one day.”
ABOUT MK SCHILLER
I am a hopeless romantic in a hopelessly pragmatic world. By day, I don a magic cape, calculator (sometimes an abacus), and an assortment of gel pens for my work in the world of finance. But by night, I sit by the warm glow of my computer monitor, and try to create passionate heartwarming stories with a healthy dash of humor and spice.
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