I received this book for free from Advance Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dial A For Aunties Series: Aunties #1
Published by berkley on April 27, 2021
Genres: Rom Com
Source: Advance Reader Copy
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What happens when you mix 1 (accidental) murder with 2 thousand wedding guests, and then toss in a possible curse on 3 generations of an immigrant Chinese-Indonesian family?
You get 4 meddling Asian aunties coming to the rescue!
When Meddelin Chan ends up accidentally killing her blind date, her meddlesome mother calls for her even more meddlesome aunties to help get rid of the body. Unfortunately, a dead body proves to be a lot more challenging to dispose of than one might anticipate, especially when it is inadvertently shipped in a cake cooler to the over-the-top billionaire wedding Meddy, her Ma, and aunties are working at an island resort on the California coastline. It's the biggest job yet for the family wedding business—"Don't leave your big day to chance, leave it to the Chans!"—and nothing, not even an unsavory corpse, will get in the way of her auntie's perfect buttercream flowers.
But things go from inconvenient to downright torturous when Meddy's great college love—and biggest heartbreak—makes a surprise appearance amid the wedding chaos. Is it possible to escape murder charges, charm her ex back into her life, and pull off a stunning wedding all in one weekend?
This book is bananapants, but it’s a book that knows that it’s bananapants so it works. In fact, I think that’s what makes it more fun to begin with. So go in suspending all beliefs based in reality and just go with it. Billed as Crazy Rich Asians meets Weekend at Bernies, this book delivers.
Meddelin Chen is having lunch with her ma and her aunties when her ma lets her know she’s set her up on a date. But it’s not a blind date, don’t worry, her ma has been posing as her daughter and chatting on dating websites with potential men. That alone was enough to make her groan, or roll her eyes, but as the dutiful daughter who doesn’t want to upset her mom or her aunts, she agrees to go out on one date with the man her mom’s been flirting with.
The date does not end well.
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Ma’s flirting has her date thinking he’s going to get sooo lucky. He quickly moves from kind of pushy to full out creep. Meddy winds up tasering the guy and he crashes the car he’s driving and dies. Meddy doesn’t know what else to do so she calls in her ma and the aunties. What follows is hilarity and hijinks.
The family business is weddings and they head off to a resort for their next wedding with the body because no one knows what to do with it. This is where it just goes off the rails. But as long as you know it’s going to be ridiculous, you can kick back and enjoy! It’s really a fun book, even though you don’t think funny when you think dead body. I mean, when her mom was texting with her online match? I was dying! Just dying. OMG this book is brilliant! And when the suitcase (wink wink it’s not just clothes inside that suitcase), is being handled at the hotel I was cracking up.
Fun, funny, and heartwarming, this Rom Com is filled with family, friends, and some personal growth mixed in. I look forward to the next book!
***ARC courtesy of the publisher Berkley via Netgalley