Book: The Sum of all my Parts
Author: Andaleeb Wajid
Published by: Amaryllis
Number of pages: 287 pages
My Rating: 5/5
MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The story is about Mariam, an elderly lady living in Vellore, who is teaching four young women how to crochet.
Though Mariam is extremely critical at times about the crochet work of her four pupils, at the same time, she develops a fondness for each one of them.
The four young women are: Nimra, who is bullied constantly by her stepmother, Arifa, whose husband is away in Dubai, Amreen who is unable to get pregnant and Shaista who is going through an unwanted pregnancy.
In and around the design of each crochet pattern, each young woman’s story, along with her emotions and frustrations are depicted. Mariam, also has her own fascinating love story that she shares with her four pupils.
Mariam’s love story is told in an extremely interesting manner in the form of flashbacks.
All the women try to find a solution to their individual problems while creating an elaborate crochet pattern on a bedspread for Mariam’s granddaughter Faiza.
The author has woven a compelling tale and has beautifully depicted each character and her emotions.
I highly recommend “The Sum of All My Parts”, as a highly enthralling and interesting tale that will touch the heart of every reader!
Book: Tides Don’t Cross
Author: Simar Malhotra
Genre: Romance Fiction
Published by: Rupa Publications
Number of pages: 250 pages
My Rating: 4.5/5
MY REVIEW: I received a copy of “Tides Don’t Cross” by Simar Malhotra in exchange for an honest review.
The story is about two sisters, who have completely opposite personalities. Mrinalini, the older sister, has always let herself be bullied and controlled by their domineering mother Neelam Siritya. Neelam has brought up her daughters singlehandedly after her husband’s death and wants nothing but the best for her daughters. While Mrinalini goes along with what her mother says, Rukhmani, the younger sister is a rebel who lives life on her own terms.
Mrinalini lets her mother dominate her into a “suitable” marriage with Surya. She also enters into motherhood though she is not ready for the same. Rukhmani, who is studying in New York, decides to study in Paris for a semester. There she meets Ayaan, a fellow Indian, who is in Paris for the same reason.
Rukhmani and Ayaan fall in love in the City of Love but their relationship ends when they both move back to the US for their studies and careers. In the meantime, Mrinalini finds herself suddenly widowed and a single mother to Rohan.
Mrinalini meets Ayaan without knowing who he is and slowly but surely they become good friends. Will Mrinalini and Ayaan fall in love with each other? Or will Rukhmani and Ayaan be able to reignite their lost love? The reader will have to read the book to find that out.
I really loved the way Ayaan’s character has been depicted, he comes across as a wonderful human being. I only wish that Mrinalini’s character was less wimpy and Rukhmani’s character was less brash.
“Tides Don’t Cross” is an extremely interesting romance that is worth reading.
Book: Just Missed
Author: Himanshu Bhatia
Genre: Romance Fiction
Published by: Petals Publishers
Number of pages: 230 pages
My Rating: 3.5/5
MY REVIEW: I received a copy of “Just Missed” by Himanshu Bhatia in exchange for an honest review.
This story is told by Siddharth Gupta. He meets Shreya for the purpose of an arranged marriage and falls in love with her intelligence and beauty. Shreya also, appears to be interested in meeting and talking to Siddharth or Sid, as he is known as.
When Shreya goes on a vacation to Thailand, she meets Shivam, whom she first dismisses as a no-good flirt. However, she slowly sees that Shivam is actually a good person.
As Shreya and Shivam grow closer to each other, Sid’s importance in Shreya’s life starts to decrease. However, Sid is unaware of this and starts planning his engagement and wedding to Shreya. Their respective families are also in favour of this.
After many romantic moments and gestures, Shreya and Shivam realise that they have fallen in love with each other. But is it too late for them? What about Sid’s feelings for Shreya? Can love overcome the practicalities of an arranged marriage?
“Just Missed” is a romance that will certainly appeal to readers who love that particular genre.
Book: Wedding Pickle
Author: Neha Sharma
Genre: Romance Fiction
Number of pages: 263 pages
My Rating: 4/5
MY REVIEW: The author Neha Sharma was kind enough to send me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed reading this book as it beautifully depicts the problems faced by young women in India today when they have to go through an arranged marriage.
Avni is a young woman living in Delhi, who loves her work and her independence. She is pressured by her parents to “meet” this great guy from Norway, Ansh.
Avni meets Ansh and finds him nice enough but at first she is unable to have romantic feelings about him. However, she does get engaged to him and all the engagement and wedding planning starts to take place. Still, Avni is afraid of losing her independence.
Every person in India can relate to the descriptions given about the chaos that takes place whenever there is a family function.
Does Avni finally marry Ansh? Is she able to overcome her fears and commit to him? As I cannot give away the plot, everyone will have to read the book to find out.
I recommend this book to readers as it is a realistic and relatable story. The book “Wedding Pickle” can be ordered on Amazon.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Neha Sharma is a writer and blogger who resides in Norway. She can be followed on Instagram @novelistneha