Series: Dreamspinner’s Warmest Wishes Advent Calendar 2018
Author: Anna Kaling
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (63 Pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 1, 2018)
Heat level: Low
Heart Rating: 💖💖💖 3 Hearts
Blurb: The festival of Tulsi Vivah ushers in the Hindu wedding season and tears away the love of Kristopher’s life. Three years of passion and tenderness are reduced to a shameful skeleton in the closet as Arjuna submits to the marriage his parents have arranged for him. His family has never even heard Kristopher’s name.
The festival, a ritualistic wedding between the holy basil plant, Tulsi, and her eternal lover, Vishnu, is as much of a play-act as Arjuna’s upcoming nuptials, but he believes the wedding will honor his parents and please Vishnu. So why is his Tulsi plant—whose leaves heal and bless the devout, who is Vishnu’s representative on earth—dying? Arjuna tends to her with all the care of a concerned parent, but it might take more than his devotion to save her. She might need Kris, with his clever green-fingers—and maybe a revived Tulsi can heal two hearts.
Review: Arjuna is so deep in the closet I am not sure he will ever get out. He is in love with Kris but to please his mother he plans to marry a woman. Kris agrees but his heart truly isn’t in it.
This story felt so stiff and formal that didn’t do the story much good. I felt bored and didn’t want to finish it, which made the fact that it was a short story a plus. I could not connect with the characters in the story. I figured it might just be the culture in this story which I didn’t understand much of. The whole story just felt off to me.
I am afraid that this story just didn’t do anything for me.