A lovely, messy, drama filled tale that shows blood has very little to do with loyalty. Lakshmi has to deal with an abusive husband turned do gooder, a little sister who never seems to listen, and henna clients who gossip more than they pay. Her faithful friend, a young boy named Malik, who calls her Auntie Boss, is one of the few welcome constants in the henna artist’s life.
Lakshmi is a modern woman who doesn’t want to be saddled down with a load of children and no prospects. She runs away her abusive husband and uses the skills she learned from her caring mother-in-law to start a new life. Just when things are starting to look up for her, Lakshmi’s estranged husband comes-a-calling with a little sister she never knew she had. Now she has responsibilities she didn’t ask for, a new mouth to feed, and a man who she must pay or risk her secrets getting out. This book follows Lakshmi’s successes and celebrations, her trials and tribulations as she gets everything she ever wanted, only to watch it all burn to the ground, and then rebuild from the ashes.