The sequel to “Vegas to Varanasi” catches up with Anna and Kiran a couple of years after the event that brought the once “ugly duckling” high school acquaintances together. But will their romance continue to flourish in the face of a whole new set of insecurities brought on by middle age?
First, there’s Kiran, who has an unexpected health scare. While his doctors assure no permanent damage has been done, there seems to have been some damage to his personality, as the normally respectful and reserved Kiran begins behaving erratically and overtly. Anna wants to hope that this is temporary, sparked by the visit of Kiran’s womanizing, free-spirited cousin, Seth. But is this just the midlife Kiran surfacing?
Anna has midlife issues of her own. Now forty-eight, she’s navigating the onset of perimenopause and all the delights that come with it, from facial hair to mood swings to body temperature issues. On top of that, her two-year-old granddaughter is starting to show signs of a behavior disorder, bringing with it a whole other level of stress and worry.
Will Anna and Kiran finally find their happily ever after? Or end up stuck in a midlife mess in this romantic comedy of accepting change, and “the change.”
I rarely ever read stories where the two characters are already together and the story is just a continuation of their life after falling in love. I also very rarely read about characters that are in their late 40's and experiencing that next phase of life; that phase where bodies change. I think a lot of this is because not much is written about that awkward time. Health scares, menopause, and a mid-life crisis is just not something we all yearn to read. BUT, Shelly Hickman did an awesome job of making this story real, quirky and funny and it kept me reading from the very first page. At times I was definitely thinking TMI, but the story is painfully true of what it's like getting older. The situations are handled with humor and understanding. What's so great about the romance between Kiran and Anna, is that these two are not only experiencing falling in love, but falling in love with someone that is older and the changes that happen along the way. Menopause to Matrimony is a great, light read that will make you chuckle as you experience what it's like to navigate those scary waters of going through "the change".