A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev

A Distant Heart

Her name means “miracle” in Sanskrit, and to her parents, that’s exactly what Kimaya is. The first baby to survive after several miscarriages, Kimi grows up in a mansion at the top of Mumbai’s Pali Hill, surrounded by love and privilege. But at eleven years old, she develops a rare illness that requires her to be confined to a germ-free ivory tower in her home, with only the Arabian Sea churning outside her window for company. . . . Until...

Details A Distant Heart

TitleA Distant Heart
Release DateDec 26th, 2017
PublisherKensington Publishing Corp.
GenreRomance, Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary, Adult, Womens Fiction

Reviews A Distant Heart

  • Kate Douglas
    I sat next to Sonali at an RWA book signing in Orlando this year, and managed to talk her out of an advance copy of A DISTANT HEART. I fell in love with this series after reading A Bollywood Affair, and couldn't wait to get my hands on this one.The thing is, every once in a great while a reader might be lucky enough to find an author with a voice so powerful, an ability to tell a beautiful story so compelling, that they become an absolute “auto...
  • Barbara O'Neal
    A book that is almost impossible to drop into a neat category. It's part suspense, part gritty crime tale, wholeheartedly romantic, and a most unusual Rapunzel tale. I loved that it was set in Mumbai, and yet was completely accessible. Loved Sonali's voice, which is highly original and lyrical. Loved the romance between two hungry souls. Sexy, gritty, romantic, compelling. Excellent.
  • Timitra
    A Distant Heart is a friends to lovers story set in India that I quite enjoyed. I loved the way in which the author told it. Showing the hero and heroine's first meeting as children and how their relationship evolved over time. Nothing between moves quickly, it's a slow build up that is very much reflected in the way things are revealed and the culmination of their first sex scene.I definitely recommend it to one and all.ARC provided by publisher...
  • Kathryn
    Review to follow
  • Ishita
    I hate it when books with an Indian backdrop promise an "authentic Indian rep" and it ends up being a bad imitation of cheesy bollywood song-and-dance romance.But I loved A Distant Heart for being so unabashedly Bollywoodsy in terms of setting up the world of its two main characters. Rich Girl meets Poor Boy - CHECKPoor Boy follows his father's footsteps by joining the city police force - CHECKRich Girl's father is a politician - CHECK The infamo...
  • Lisa Lin
    I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of A Distant Heart at RWA this past July and jumped at the c hance to read it ASAP.Sonali's writing is lyrical and evokes all the emotions and feelz. You are immediately transferred to Mumbai and her descriptions are so vivid, it makes you feel like you are right there, seeing what the characters see, feel, taste, smell, and experience. But also, Sonali dives into the tangled web of complicated family dynamics an...
  • Natasha
    I got an ARC of this book at RT. This story is set in Mumbai and it's a continuation of the previous book (A change of heart). We were introduced to Kimi and Rahul in the previous book. The previous book was a bit dark. Especially from the authors other works. This one is much lighter. The description of Mumbai, the environment and it's people is spot on. The parallel timelines worked really well for me. We got to see how Kimi and Rahul's relatio...
  • stacia
    Sonali Dev is a master of literary romance novels and she's at the height of her power here. It's been interesting to see how her work has evolved from A Bollywood Affair, which was fun and breezy and relatively innocent, to this novel which seems to be the culmination of a journey into work that marries elements of murder-mysteries and thrillers with components of the romance novel. Her last novel seemed to struggle a bit with balancing it all b...
  • Kate
    I run a romance novel review blog and received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. To read my review of Sonali Dev's first novel The Bollywood Bride, please check out: http://romanticallyinclinedreviews.bl...Website: romanticallyinclinedreviews.blogspot.comBlurb:Kimaya is a miracle baby; the first child to survive following her parent’s seven miscarriages. At the age of ten she develops a rare form of aplastic anemia that sev...
  • Stacy
    If you haven't read Sonali Dev and you're wondering whether you should pick up this book, then the answer is an emphatic YES. If you're looking for a comparison, I find that I keep thinking of Kristan Higgins, particularly her more recent books that have moved quite firmly out of the "romance" category and into the "women's fiction" category, where there's much more going on than just boy-meets-girl. What I love about Dev is that while her storie...
  • Sahiti Penna
    I was not sure what I was expecting with this book, which is an excellent place to start as your mind is a blank slate, free of any pre-conceived notions or expectations. The pace of this story builds up slowly and when it does, it is hard to put the book down. It starts off slow, shifting narratives and timelines. The waffling narration is effecting in that it gives the reader to know all the three main characters- perenially sick Kimi with her ...
  • Amanda
    Sonali Dev breathes life into Kimi and Rahul. Her fluent prose evokes the turmoil, the tests of faith and the eternal magic of love and hope. Through the depths of family roots to the quiet beauty shared between the two main protagonists, we have a story with grace, charm, compassion and desires which long to be fulfilled. A Distant Heart is fast-paced and intense and the clarity with which the characters’ lives unfold will fill your heart with...
  • Make Kay
    Sonali Dev is an author I heard about for quite some time before picking up her first book. Most of my major books blogs were raving about Dev’s writing, but as someone with no interest in watching Bollywood movies, I figured a book series labeled Bollywood would not be my cup of tea. But boy howdy, was I wrong. I dearly love a good angsty romance. And Sonali Dev can deliver that in spades! Set after A Change in Heart, A DISTANT HEART can nonet...
  • Falguni Kothari
    What a really good book does is:- Keeps you flipping pages (all night long) until it's done - makes you stare at the book in your hands even after you've finished reading it- urges you to hand it over to another avid reader so you can gush about it together- inspires that next great scene out of you (as a writer)- triggers various gushy social media posts ADH does all of that and more. Having read a Change of Heart, I was already acquainted with ...
  • Lorie Glowania
    This book shows how complicated life can be. A beautiful written story of love between Kimi and Rahul that is never easy and not complicated. Sonali Dev always amazes me with her easy flow of writing and always leaves me waiting for what’s next
  • Emily Redington
    I raced through this book and would have loved 300 more pages with these fantastic characters! Sonali's writing is absolutely immersive - Kimi and Rahul were so vivid and real to me, and the descriptions of life in Mumbai transported me there alongside the characters. The love story is tender and true, and the exploration of family dynamics really deepens the experience (and is yet another way Sonali brings her readers inside Indian culture). I'v...
  • Rebekah Haas
    The first thirty pages were lost on me, I felt like not enough information was provided and that it was too much continuous exposition. That being said, I didn't realize it was a continuation of another book and not a stand-alone novel. The plot was good, but I don't want to discuss it in too much length because of spoilers, but it was a decent read. If you're a picky reader, though, be aware that this book is a little different and that you shou...
  • Eva
    I’d been wanting to read Kimi and Rahul’s story since reading A Change of Heart and it did not disappoint. Sonali has a way with words, made me want to read out loud. She writes stories that keep you interested and characters you want to root for. Always a delight to read such an authentic voice.Thanks to NetGalley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.
  • Mskychick
    Wow. This is a more powerful book than I was expecting, even for Sonali Dev, who can knock my socks of with emoting. I'm gonna have to process this one for a bit.
  • Janet
    A very enjoyable book, full of action and adventure. It was an exciting book that kept my interest the whole way through with the twists and turns. I am glad it had the ending that it did.
  • Katie Atmakur
    This book is so incredible i love every page of it the author of it is so talented!!