Seeing Ceremony

A Novel With Recipes

Fiction - Literary
270 Pages
Reviewed on 10/15/2020
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Reviewed by Cecelia Hopkins for Readers' Favorite

Seeing Ceremony: A Novel With Recipes by Meera Ekkanath Klein is the heartwarming story of Meena, a young Indian girl who rejects the first suitors the Indian matchmaker presents and persuades her mother to allow her to travel. Over in America, Meena resides with her uncle and completes a degree in agriculture. She remains unspoiled by the experience and chooses to return home afterward. Following her heart, Meena returns to India, helps her mother sort out the financial situation, and proposes to start the cultivation of tea plants. A karmic coincidence leads to her accepting the match of her dreams. The story followed a complete arc, whereby the heroine is able to broaden her horizons and make decisions about her future.

Seeing Ceremony by Meera Ekkanath Klein had me reading with a tear in my eye from the very beginning. The book was full of such amazing love. Klein has created a loving mother who wanted the best for her daughter but was also able to be flexible. The daughter wanted to do her own thing but also loved her mother. There was a love of place, a love of country, and a love of culture. Klein presented a unique vision that combined tradition and sustainable progress. The romance was incidental but so beautiful. I loved the moment Meena fainted when she saw Raj in her home village. There really were recipes at the end, and I am going to cook some special Indian dishes. If you only ever read one multicultural book, I would encourage you to make Seeing Ceremony by Meera Ekkanath Klein your choice!