BOOK REVIEW - Mother Knows Worst by Sofia Bella Roma



Book Details:

Book Title:  Mother Knows Worst by Sofia Bella Roma
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  280 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction, Novel
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:  December 2022
Content Rating:  PG -13 

I received an advance review audiobook for free and am leaving this review voluntarily. Thank you Sofia Bella Roma and iRead Book Tours. I'm excited to be a part of this tour.

In Mother Knows Worst we meet Rose, who after failing as an actress decides to change careers and go to law school. She enrolls in law school in sleepy New England. Rose is 30-something, Italian, and quirky and falls in love the moment she sees Anil, a handsome intellectual from India.

They have a deep connection, and their relationship quickly becomes romantic. Their future looks bright, they have a solid relationship, great friends, and Anil’s mother. What could possibly go wrong?

Inspired by true events, Mother Knows Worst is both funny and heartfelt as Rose finds herself, love, and relationships as she explores two cultures colliding.

I was drawn to this book based on the synopsis. Younger versions of myself wanted to be an actor and lawyer at one point. Ironically, I am neither. I also had a mother-in-law once who was extraordinarily patient with me. This book is an honest look at the complex relationships created by marriage. While reading this book, I couldn’t help but think of how much harder my adjustment to “married life” would have been has she been like Anil’s mother.

The characters are well developed and filled with their own inner complexities. Anil’s mother is not my favorite character. I found myself wanting her to be a little more flexible. I felt empathy toward Rose when Anil’s mother unwittingly undermines her happiness. The cultural aspects were fascinating to me, I enjoy learning about different cultures and the psychological aspects of merging them.

Overall, this is a solid story. Having said that I do agree with other reviewers that the end felt unfinished. I hope this means a sequel is coming as I look forward to reading more from this author. 

Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Pinnacle Award Winner!
"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." - Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

"A lively, thought-provoking journey into one young woman's marriage, cross-cultural encounters, and life. Mother Knows Worst is recommended not just for novel readers seeking stories of women's experiences, but for reading groups interested in the psychological entanglements between different cultures and generations." - Reviewed by Midwest Book Reviews

Book Description:

After trying her hand at acting, Rose decides to change career paths and enter law school.

She enrolls in law school in a sleepy New England town, only to find that the practice of law is not all she will study. This quirky thirty-something Italian girl falls in love when she lays eyes on Anil, a handsome intellectual from India. The two discover a deep connection and quickly begin a romantic relationship. What could go wrong as their romance blossoms? Their future looks bright. They have each other. They have great friends. They also have Anil’s mother. Inspired by true events, Mother Knows Worst is a humorous and heartfelt novel. Rose is on a path to finding herself, love, and relationships, taking the reader on a delightful and often comedic journey as she explores two cultural worlds colliding.
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Meet the Author:

Sofia Bella Roma is a lawyer in North Carolina. She has been practicing law since 2009. She was first licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and then went on to become licensed attorney in North Carolina. Sofia has spent most of her career telling stories. She regularly performs to judges when litigating her cases. Mother Knows Worst is Sofia’s debut novel. This book tackles common problems in relationships and takes on mother-in-law drama with a quirky point of view. Sofia knows firsthand about difficult relationships since she has been practicing law as a divorce attorney. She currently lives with her son and their pet lizard. She has a love for the arts and enjoys making people laugh.

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