DYNASTIES is an International Book of the Month Pick 2023 by the
“Dynasties kept me captivated from the first sentence to the very end. An enticing Downton Abbey-style saga, but set in India! I simply adored it and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.” ~~Barbara Bos, Managing Editor, www.booksbywomen.org
“Five Diamonds in the Pulpwood Queen TIARA, my highest mark!” –-The International Pulpwood Queen and Timber Guys Bookclub Reading Nation
“Hard to believe this lush, passionate novel is the author’s first. In Dynasties, Anju Gattani has created an utterly immersive reading experience—fascinating characters, evocative details, compelling dramatic turns, all set against the teeming irrepressible vibrancy of modern-day India. A bravura performance.” —David Corbett, award-winning author of The Art of Character
“With stories that take us into the culture and dynasties of India, Gattani introduces us to one powerful woman’s journey against all odds.”—Patti Callahan Henry, NYT Bestselling author of The Secret Book of Flora Lea
“A young woman, forced into an arranged marriage, battles cruelty, deception, and secrets to find her voice in modern-day India. A compulsive read!” ~~Barbara Claypole White, bestselling author of The Perfect Son and The Promise Between Us.
“Like all good stories the story of Sheetal conveys deeper meanings about human experiences and relationships. Dynasties is definitely a bridger of cultures; educating readers about and celebrating Indian culture whilst keeping the reader well hooked.” ~~Qaisra Shahraz, peace activist, author of ‘The Holy Woman’ & Founder/Executive Director of Muslim Arts and Culture Festival, UK
“With a richly evoked sense of place and culture, Dynasties is a deeply engrossing depiction of one woman’s struggle for love and independence. It will keep you turning pages until the end.” ~~ Ausma Zehanat Khan, author of A Deadly Divide
“Dynasties is filled with the illusions of a family whose wealth is beyond measure. Dynasties will lead you down a cultural path rich with imagery and beauty that will take your breath away. The truth of this story will stay with you long after the rich imagery disappears.” –Barbara Conrey, USA Today Bestselling Author
“This story enraptures the reader and you can nearly taste the spices and smell the incense through the words Gattani creatively puts down on paper! Buying this book will be a delight to readers who want a story that pulls your heart strings and takes you to a land that is enchanting!” ~~The High Society Book Club
Sheetal Prasad, a glamorous, twenty-two-year-old oil painter, is the envy of Raigun, India. Her homeland, now modern and global, at last allows women to marry for love, and Sheetal is determined to wed her college sweetheart. Her parents, however, insist she fulfill her familial duty, preserve their honor, and marry millionaire Rakesh Dhanraj—or be cast out forever.
The alliance of the Prasad and Dhanraj families drowns Sheetal in a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal. In her plan to sever this marriage and escape, Sheetal uncovers numerous devastating secrets that threaten to bring down the two family dynasties. When the Dhanraj’s tyranny threatens her son, Sheetal has no choice but to protect the boy at all costs, burning down the façade of her abusive marriage and empowering herself to break free of all bondages.
Anju interviews Rakesh Dhanraj for Women Writer Women Books