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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Mother Knows Worst is a romance drama novel by Sofia Bella Roma. Based on real events, the book follows the life of Rose Vella, an Italian American woman in her thirties who meets a handsome Indian student named Anil at law school. Feeling an intense mutual attraction to each other, it doesn't take long for Rose and Anil to fall in love, and soon they end up living together. When Anil asks Rose to move to Georgia from their small town in New England, Rose accepts his request despite her own misgivings. However, Rose fails to make an impression on Anil's parents, especially his mother, Amita. After they get married, Amita's behavior puts a strain on their relationship. Additionally, Anil becomes increasingly dependent on alcohol. How will Rose cope? Will she be able to stand up for herself?
Author Sofia Bella Roma tells an absorbing story about two people from very different backgrounds falling in love and struggling to navigate the circumstances and people around them. Infusing romance, humor, and plenty of drama, Roma weaves an engaging narrative that keeps hold of the reader until the last page. Mother Knows Worst is not just a dramatic comedy but also a novel that showcases the challenges people sometimes face in adapting to other cultures, especially in relationships involving in-laws. The characters have their own idiosyncrasies, which make them very intriguing to read. Rose and Anil's dynamic feels genuine, as do their respective struggles and conflicts. Recommended to readers who savor drama novels revolving around relationships.