I am ALL here for more Asian romance reads! And Dial A for Aunties is a hilarious page turning mystery. I read half of the book in one sitting because I was just so into the book and the action. Keep reading this book review if you’re searching for your next entertaining romance read.
1 (accidental) murder
2 thousand wedding guests
3 (maybe) cursed generations
4 meddling Asian aunties 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 accidentally 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 their 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 cake 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?
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
TW: sexism, racism
I loved how strong the family and the culture was in Dial A for Aunties. In my copy there’s a letter from Sutanto about trilingualism being a product of their quest for safety and dreams. How it results in broken pieces of language and moments in life, not stereotypes on a TV show. I loved how Dial A for Aunties was an entertaining page turner focused on Meddys’ inner struggle between her family and her own dreams. It’s all a matter of perspective and speaking up about what we want. Because when people leave it can be a blessing or a curse.
At around 30% I could not stop reading. It’s a series of unexpected turns, narrow misses with danger, and revelations. There is funny and wry family dynamics even while discussing body disposal. Dial A for Aunties easily sweeps you away. It’s a charming and fast paced read that I would recommend for vacations and feel-good reads!