My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The blurb: Sanya was always the perfect wife, but after a breakdown at her office, it’s her husband Harry’s turn to step up. His proposal? A temporary move to Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital city. He needs to be there to close a business deal and figures the change of scenery will do her good. Soon Sanya goes from hiding under her duvet to hiding in plain sight—a dark-skinned Indian American in a city of blondes.
Within Copenhagen’s glamorous high society, one man stands out—not only because of his intriguing scar but because he sees Sanya in a way Harry hasn’t for years. Anders Ravn owns the company Harry wants to acquire, and soon Sanya begins to fall for him. As allegations of white-collar crime arise, she learns of Harry’s infidelity, and having an affair with Anders seems ever more tempting. Surrounded by old money, smoked fish on dark breads, and way too many bicycles, Sanya slowly moves from breakdown to breakthrough, but where will she end up—and with whom?
My review: Amulya Malladi depicts the daze that can follow a major depression with sensitivity and refreshing authenticity. After a major depression, Sanya is confused. She doesn’t know who is anymore, what she wants from life, and what she wants from her marriage. When her husband has an opportunity to work in Copenhagen for several months, Sanya has an opportunity to explore who she is after a depressive event. She meets the intriguing Ravn, who works with her husband and is married to one of the women that seem intent on including her in their social circle. Their flirtation makes Sanya question what it means to be faithful to her husband and her own integrity. In the end, Sanya emerges as a new woman with a new outlook on life.
The novel is set in Copenhagen (hence the title) and it made me want to visit that city’s museums and landmarks more than any travel guide could. I want to sit in a Danish cafe and watch the world go by. Amulya Malladi’s prose is crisp and fresh, and I recommend this book wholeheartedly.
Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for providing me with an advanced reader copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.