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Match Me If You Can: A Novel by Swati Hegde (Paperback) (PREORDER)

Match Me If You Can: A Novel by Swati Hegde (Paperback) (PREORDER)

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A young magazine writer in Mumbai must prove her matchmaking skills—and contend with growing feelings for her close family friend—in this debut desi romance.

“A delightful friends-to-lovers romance that will curb your sweet tooth and leave you feeling warm and happy!”—New York Times bestselling author Sarah Adams

Confident fashionista Jia Deshpande spends her days writing cliché-ridden listicles for Mimosa, Mumbai’s top women’s magazine. When she can, Jia dishes about the messy truth of real love on her anonymous blog, attends her family’s weekly game nights, and ignores her true feelings for her childhood friend. If that wasn’t enough, Jia needs to successfully set up a coworker with her perfect match to get the green light for her new matchmaking column. Thankfully, organizing meet-cutes has never been difficult for her.

 Local pub owner and cocktail genius Jaiman Patil can’t help but be enamored with Jia and her meddling spirit. He’s always been an honorary part of her family, but even more so since his own moved to America. Life with the Deshpandes is chaotic and loud, but it’s also more loving than anything he experienced growing up, and he wouldn’t risk losing that for the world. It feels manageable—until his pub begins to struggle and his long-hidden feelings for Jia grow deeper. 

When Jia’s attempts at office matchmaking go haywire, risking new friendships and her relationship with Jaiman, she must reevaluate her own thoughts on love. For the first time, Jia Deshpande realizes that love may be a lot more complicated than she thought. Luckily, happily-ever-afters are never in short supply in Mumbai.


Swati Hegde is a freelance editor, mindset coach, and self-proclaimed coffee shop enthusiast who lives in Bangalore, India, and can often be found at the nearest café with a hot mug of tea. She looks forward to a long career bringing Indian stories and voices to light.

"Swati Hegde is the voice of Desi romance that readers have been waiting for! Truly a delightful friends-to-lovers romance with a clever take on Jane Austen's Emma that will absolutely curb your sweet tooth and leave you feeling so warm and happy!" --New York Times bestselling author Sarah Adams

"Every page of this friends-to-lovers romance is deliciously joyful. A warm, witty and charming love story of matchmaking and missed connections made new again." --Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of The Breakup Tour

"The strength of this bighearted debut lies in its warm depiction of friendship and family, the courage it takes to go boldly after dreams, and that sometimes what you're looking for has been there all along. You'll root for Jia and Jaiman!" --Lillie Vale, author of Wrapped with a Beau and The Shaadi Set-Up

"Brimming with wit and heart, Swati Hegde's Match Me if You Can is a masterclass in modernizing a beloved tale. Weaving the best elements of Jane Austen's Emma into contemporary Indian life, Hegde creates an irresistibly clueless heroine whose journey toward a happily ever after transcends culture and generations. A true gem of a debut!" --Sara Goodman Confino, bestselling author of Don't Forget to Write

" Match Me If You Can blew me away with its wit, humor, and tender, heartfelt center. Swati Hegde is one to watch!" --Amy Lea, international bestselling author of Exes and O's

"With its most delicious cinnamon roll hero, determined heroine, sparkling Mumbai setting, and nod to Jane Austen, Match Me If You Can swept me away. This adorable friends-to-lovers romance tugged on my heartstrings from the very first page." --Sara Desai, author of To Have and to Heist

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