by Helen Hoang
“The Bride Test” is another brilliant love story with real, authentic depth in the autistic character. Helen Hoang is the author of this novel. Readers of The Kiss Quotient and fans of Michael and Stella’s romance will love this story, and those new to Helen Hoang are in for a treat. In The Bride Test, We meet Michael’s cousin, Kai. Kai is handsome and smart, quirky and set in his ways. Considering himself to be emotionally broken as a result of his failure to connect with emotions because of his autism, Kai has never dated. This does not sit well with mom. Taking matters into her own hands, Kai’s mother seeks to find her son a wife and returns to Vietnam with all intentions of bringing him home a bride. Esme Tran is given the opportunity of a lifetime to provide for her family. Her small daughter, her mother, grandmother and herself live simply in Vietnam and she longs for a better life for her family.
An opportunity to go to the US and possibly marry someone there provides her with a chance she can’t pass up. The almost heartbreaking journey, away from her daughter, to a country where Esme knows almost no one. Thrust into a situation where she is living with a man that is truly a stranger, functioning in a culture she doesn’t fully understand, Esme is socially awkward but sweet and kind, hardworking and the perfect woman to help Kai see what he has been missing by shunning relationships. The interactions between the two of them are so true and sweet that at times it is actually amusing. Helen Hoang proves that The Kiss Quotient was not a one-time event, and showcases what a fantastic and engaging writer she is.