Finding Mr Perfectly Fine By Tasneem Abdur-Rashid
Paperback published by Bonnier Books 7th July 2022
Last week I turned 29. Along with the usual homemade Victoria sponge, helium ballon and Selfridges gift vouchers, my mum’s birthday present to me was the threat that if I’m not engaged by 30th birthday she’s sending me off to the Motherland to find a fresh-form-the-Desh husband.
When Zara’s mum puts together the most archaic of arranged marriage resources (not exactly the romcom-worthy love story she had envisioned for herself). Zara’s soon exhausted by her family’s failed attempts to set her up with every vaguely suitable Abdul, Ahmed and Farook. So she decides to take matters into her own hands by signing up for marriage apps and speed dating. After all, how hard can it be to find a husband?
When she meets Hamza, a kind British Egyptian who shares her values. Zara knows he would make a good husband. Whilst she’s aware not all marriages are based on love (or lust) at first sight, Zara struggles with a lack of spark. Particularly when she can’t stop thinking of someone else.
As her 30th looms, and family pressure intensifies, Zara knows she must make a decision, but will she make the right one?
My biggest shout out today is buy your self a copy of Finding Mr Perfectly Fine, about Zara why she has to find a husband.
When the pressure’s on to find someone, does it matter if he’s not the one? I loved reading Tasneem Abdul-Rashid’s debut novel Finding Mr Perfectly Fine, as I’m interested in reading fictional stories about different cultures.
Zara Choudhury, comes from a Bengali background who still lives with her parents and grandmother in London. Zara has just turned 29, and the race is on, she needs to find a husband, quickly before she is 30.
If Zara doesn’t find a husband by 30th birthday her mother will send her on a flight to Bangladesh straight to Shahjala airport, with an arranged marriage, to find a fresh from the Desh husband.
With the help from her mother and her sister, Zara downloads the MuslimMate app, to find a husband. She puts together a Bengali marriage CV under her family’s strict directions. I was totally into this story to see if Zara can find her Mr right online.
Zara works in a department, Community Engagement, where she once thought an attractive colleague Adam who is Turkish, might have possibly been the one guy for her.
Zara knows she can’t just meet any man without her mother’s approval. But she meets Hamza a British Egyptian with a lovely Arabic accent at a chocolate making event. He is nothing more than real proper gentleman who really likes Zara. But I must say it’s a shame she doesn’t fancy him.
It isn’t long before Zara starts to get the men that’s is interested in her, all mixed up, causing some disastrously events.
My heart raced along with reading on how is Zara going to get out of the disaster that unfolds, and as I just love happy ending, I was still thinking to myself will Zara ever meet her Mr right, husband?
A mega huge thank you to Tracy Fenton for inviting me to take part in this exciting blog tour. I would also like to thank Bonnier Books for sending me a printed copy of this fantastic novel.
About Tasneem Abdur-Rashid
Tasneem Abdur-Rashid is a British Bengali writer born and raised in London. A mother of two, Tasneem has worked across media, PR and communications both in the UK and in the UAE. Today, Tasneem spends her days writing novels and her nights co-hosting the award-winning podcast Not Another Mum Pod – and in between, she’s busy trying (and often failing) to be super mum, super wife and super chef. Having recently completed a Master’s in Creative Writing with distinction, Tasneem’s debut rom-com Finding Mr Perfectly Fine will be published by Zaffre/Bonnier on July 7, 2022.
You can find Tasneem on Instagram: @tasneemarashid and @notanothermumpod