Jilted (Life Shocks Romances #10) is a multicultural romance of a woman who has to choose between two men. It’s tempting, in stories like these, to make the choice obvious, but in Anjali’s case, it’s not. She knows one man better than the other, but both are good men, and it’s entirely possible that the man who she knows less well actually understands her better.
The inspiration for Jilted actually arose out of the TV show–Numbers. One of the protagonists, a Jewish mathematician, is stressed about his meeting with his Indian girlfriend’s parents. He’s convinced they don’t approve of him. “It’s because I’m Jewish, isn’t it?” he demands, feeling the generational weight of racial discrimination.
She looks embarrassed. “No, it’s because you’re not Indian.”
I totally got her. My parents had their hearts set on a Chinese husband for me. Unfortunately, I fell in love with a half-Caucasian, half-Hispanic man, and now, my children are gorgeous ethnic mismatches. Governments will set policies to counter discrimination, but the real change only happens when people fall in love and share their lives.
Ultimately, Jilted is about how love changes lives–not just of the two touched by it–but of everyone touched by them.