Thursday, May 11, 2023

Literary Fiction Review: Mother Knows Worst by Sofia Bella Roma

This morning, I have a literary novel to share! Check out Mother Knows Worst, learn about author Sofia Bella Roma, read my thoughts on the book and be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

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 

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"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

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About the Book

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.
My Review

Mother Knows Worst Brings Readers Relatable Characters and Scenes. The author brings readers humor, romance, family drama, and a lot of relatable character growth and life challenges in this uniquely presented novel. Readers follow the main character, Rose, as she works through her personal struggles, relationship woes, and life challenges through therapy. Rose gives her therapist (and readers) the details of her past, her relationship with her husband, Anil, and the effects of cultural differences, a problematic mother-in-law, personal insecurities, and outside elements' impacts on her marriage. Even readers not facing a cross-cultural marriage will find the pieces of Rose's story relatable and engaging.


Roma Offers an Easy to Read, Engaging Novel. I didn't immediately fall into sync with the author's writing style--and I didn't immediately enjoy Rose's character. It took several pages to settle into the back-and-forth flow between the character's memories and the therapy session details. Once I did, however, the storytelling technique was straightforward to read and engaging. As the storyline is therapeutic for Rose, it is interestingly therapeutic for the reader too. Through the humor, drama, personal reflections, and character growth, I quickly found myself quite attached to Rose and her story.


Would I Recommend Mother Knows Worst by Sofia Bella Roma? Fans of family dramas, women's fiction, and relatable, more realistic romance novels will enjoy this novel. Maintaining a marriage isn't always easy--especially with added challenges beyond the day-to-day "usual." I had the best mother-in-law ever. My husband, unfortunately, did not. While my mother didn't have a cultural basis for her havoc--she created challenges in many other unnecessary ways. The author highlights the cultural and generational differences that Rose faced in a unique, relatable manner that makes this an entertaining and thought provoke novel for your reading list.

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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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