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Duty and Desire (Winds of Fire #1) by Anju Gattani

Duty and Desire

Duty and Desire (Winds of Fire #1)

Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Greenbrier Book Co., LLC
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Duty and Desire


How Can Happiness Survive When Duty Clashes With Desire?

Sheetal Prasad has it all: youth, beauty, wealth, and education. But when this modern Indian woman surrenders love for honor and marries into India’s most glamorous “royal family,” those very advantages turn against her.

Meet the Dhanrajs-a powerful family bound together by a web of lies where infidelity, greed, secrets, and hidden identities lurk beneath the lush tapestry. The Dhanrajs will do whatever is necessary to mask the truth from the world.

As Sheetal peels back the layers of deceit in the glittering world of Indian mega- wealth-and struggles to control her own fate-she is threatened by the rage she harbors and the blazes of passion she ignites.


Set in contemporary India, the novel chronicles the family drama between the well-off Prasads and the filthy-rich Dhanrajs. At the center of the story is Sheetal Prasad, a young, independent woman, and Sanjeet Dhanraj, a Harvard-educated bad boy.

The pacing and the plot, the characterization and the conflict, the storytelling and the setting and sexual tension she created, were impeccable. I didn’t want to put it down. It’s the story of a woman’s journey from maidenhood to marriage and a story of how she adapts to her new family, bound as she is by the rigid traditions and confines of her culture.

I don’t often read this genre, which I would call international women’s literature. But, I purchased a copy from amazon. I highly recommend reading the book even if, like me, you don’t read this genre frequently. Duty and Desire is well written. The characters come alive. The detail is beautiful. I enjoyed being immersed in a world so different from my own, especially one so glamorous and exotic.

This book will compel you to think about many things such as how cultures differ, how women’s lives differ or are the same, how social classes differ and much more.

-Cassandra @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

2 thoughts on “Duty and Desire (Winds of Fire #1) by Anju Gattani

  1. Thanks for such a lovely review! This is what truly makes a writer’s journey worthwhile 🙂

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the read of my debut novel. I hope the differences between any two cultures helps readers to understand that some problems are the same no matter where you are in the world.

    Anju Gattani

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