Just the title of this book makes me smile. My book club in Denver picked this little gem the month before I moved back to Michigan so needless to say I had absolutely no time to read. Fast forward a month and my cross-country move is complete and I've managed to take a vacation. That's right a REAL vacation. The sun burnt, margarita drinkin', only need swim suits and maxis, all inclusive resort kind of vacation.
If you need an easy, carefree summer read this is your go to. Think Downton Abbey meets modern day Singapore. Rachel, a New York professor, agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend of two years, Nick. Little does Rachel know Nick's family is part of an elite Asian dynasty and the country's most eligible bachelor. What Rachel thought would be a relaxing summer with her love turns in to dinners at his grandmother's palace, the wedding of the century, old money, new money, gossip on a level you didn't know existed, and scheming that would put any Jezebel to shame. I truly couldn't put this book down, which ended up being ok because there's a sequel! If you loved this book then grab the second one, China Rich Girlfriend.
1. Compare how Nick's mother and Rachel's mother react to hearing about their trip to Singapore? What does this reveal about them as mothers?
2. What does Rachel's view of Asian men reveal about the complications of growing up Asian in America?
3. Discuss the role of gossip in the novel. What kinds of rumors do Nick's friends and family spread about Rachel and how do misunderstandings (intentional or not) propel the plot and help define the characters? For example, the conversations at the Bible study class Eleanor attends and the chatter of the guests at Araminta's bachelorette party.
4. What do the marriages of Eleanor and Phillip, Astrid and Michael, and Eddie and Fiona show about what makes a marriage work and what can undermine even the best-intentioned husbands and wives?
5. What kind of future do you see for Nick and Rachel? Is it possible for Rachel to fit into a world so different than her own? Does Nick understand the reason for her doubts and unhappiness?