About the Book:
Title: Kamila Knows Best
Author: Farah Heron
Page Length: 368
Publication Date: March 8, 2022
Synopsis: Kamila Hussain’s life might not be perfect, but, whew, it’s close. She lives a life of comfort, filled with her elaborate Bollywood movie parties, a dog with more Instagram followers than most reality stars, a job she loves, and an endless array of friends who clearly need her help finding love. In fact, Kamila is so busy with her friends’ love lives, she’s hardly given any thought to her own . . .
Fortunately, Kamila has Rohan Nasser. A longtime friend of the family, he’s hugely successful, with the deliciously lean, firm body of a rock climber. Only lately, Kamila’s “harmless flirting” with Rohan is making her insides do a little bhangra dance.
But between planning the local shelter’s puppy prom, throwing a huge work event, and proving to everyone that she’s got it all figured out, Kamila isn’t letting herself get distracted—until her secret nemesis returns to town with an eye for Rohan. Suddenly, it seems like the more Kamila tries to plan, the more things are starting to unravel—and her perfectly ordered life is about to be turned upside down.
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A friends-to-lovers romance and modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma, Kamila Knows Best is an engrossing read filled with dynamic characters, wonderful messages, and some laugh-out-loud moments. Farah Heron has such a knack for creating rich stories and characters with a lot of depth while still making the story feel light and fun, which is definitely the case with this one!
Kamila is such an interesting and layered character who learns a lot about herself over the course of the story. Outgoing, sassy, fun, and funny, she is often underestimated because of her vivacious personality and how she dresses and looks. And she has this adorable dog named Darcy, who is Instagram famous. Darcy is so cute and so loved by Kamila, and I love this canine addition to the story! Kamila is also very devoted to her father and her friends, and she is a people pleaser. She’s always on the go, and she takes on too much, and she’s not always honest with her feelings. Heron did a fantastic job in creating a smart, independent woman with struggles and flaws and complexity,
Kamila has several noteworthy relationships in the story. Her relationship with her father very much defines her life. They work together and live together, and he depends on Kamila a lot. I think readers will relate to Kamila and her dad and the realistic changes and situations they face. Kamila’s friendships are another important aspect of her life. She is such a great friend, and people gravitate to her, which says a lot about the kind, giving, and fun person she is. I would love to go to one of Kamila’s weekly movie nights, which are often themed. They sound like so much fun! However, my favorite relationship in Kamila’s life is the swoon-worthy connection she has with Rohan.
Rowan, the buttoned-up, serious, life-long friend of Kamila, is the kind of person you want in your corner. He is always there for Kamila, and she knows she can depend on him no matter what. He stays at her house to help out, he is the only one who can talk sense into Kamila’s father, and he helps Kamila avoid several disasters. Rohan is so devoted to Kamila, though she doesn’t see it as anything other than friendship. She’s so focused on other people and their relationships that she doesn’t notice the one blossoming right under her nose. Kamila and Rohan both struggle with insecurities, uncertainty, and communicating their feelings, but their actions, their tender moments, and their fun, flirty, and sometimes deep banter shows just how much they care for each other. I loved watching their life-long friendship shift and grow into something more.
I really enjoyed Kamila Knows Best. It’s an interesting and layered contemporary romance that is heart-warming, humorous, and fun. I loved the characters and the love story, as well as the themes of friendship, family, being true to who you are, and healing. Thanks so much to NetGalley, Forever Publishing, and the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
- The romance.
- The character development.
- The banter.
Want to read more by Farah Heron? Check out my review of Accidentally Engaged!