Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.
As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.
With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.
Another fantastic read by Ms. Hoang, that filled with a unique story about family, love and learning to find oneself.
Khai Diep is a character that I loved. Because of his autism, he thinks differently, but in his own unique way - he's capable of doing whatever he wants, but seeing it in his view - is eye-opening.
Esme Tran is living in Vietnam - working hard to provide for herself and family. And when an opportunity of a lifetime to come to America is offered to her - she can't say no. It's an opportunity to better her life and care for her family back home. But there comes a catch - she needs to marry Khai Diep. And Khai likes his life as in. He does not need his meddling mother trying to set him up, let alone marrying him off to a total stranger.