BOOK REVIEW: STROKES OF LIFE

Book: Strokes of Life

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Author: Anish Jha

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: &All

Number of pages: 239 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story is not a run of the mill romance, instead it has the elements of a lifelong love story.

Raj and Vira work in the same organisation but in different departments. Raj fancies Vira and allows her to talk him into joining a company organised holiday to Switzerland though he can ill afford it.

In Switzerland, Raj and Vira find that their booking has been messed up and they have to stay apart from the rest of their colleagues. They have to stay in a hostel and in textbook fashion, they proceed to fall in love.

Upon returning to Mumbai, they decide to get married as soon as possible. Slowly and gradually, over the years, the mundane problems of life creep in and a distance is created between them. However, the straw that breaks the camel’s back is their inability to have a child.

Matters come to a head and Raj leaves. Vira is shattered but tries to pick up the pieces of her life and move on. She manages to conceive a child through the wonders of modern medicine, whom she names Nandini.

Nandini is naturally curious to know the identity of her father but they are unable to find Raj anywhere. Nandini is also obsessed with Viraj, the famous reclusive writer.

Nandini go to Switzerland for a confrontation with Viraj thereby setting events in motion that will eventually lead to a meeting between Raj and Vira.

Will Raj and Vira be able to reunite? Who is Viraj and why does he play such an important role in the story?

Though there are a few loopholes in the plot, the story will surely appeal to readers of this genre.

BOOK REVIEW: BECAUSE I PROMISED

Book: Because I Promised

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Author: Anupriya

Genre: Romance, Fiction

Published by: GJ Group

Number of pages: 245 pages

My Rating: 3/5

MY REVIEW: I was kindly provided with a copy of this book for an honest review.

Sushant and Varnika have been friends, classmates and competitors all through college. However when Sushant publically professes his love for her, Varnika rejects him firmly.

Varnika belongs to a large joint family dominated by her grandmother. Her father is deceased while her mother lives in Mumbai to manage the business of her own father. Varnika has had a traumatic childhood on account of her parents being estranged.

Varnika moves to Mumbai to live with and work for her mother while Sushant moves to Bangalore to pursue further studies. Their paths cross again when Sushant comes back into her life to help her out on an extremely important project.

The story reveals why Varnika is so determined to deny her feelings for Sushant. Will she ever be able to accept her love for Sushant and take their relationship to the next level? The reader needs to read the book to find that out.

Because I Promised would have been a much more enjoyable book if there had been less grammatical errors.

BOOK REVIEW: IN PURSUIT OF A FAMILY

Book: In Pursuit of a Family

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Author: Shilpa Menon

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Notion Press

Number of pages: 283 pages

My Rating: 3/5

MY REVIEW: I received a review copy of “In Pursuit of a Family” by Shilpa Menon in exchange for an honest review.

I had earlier reviewed “Scars Do Heal” by the same author. The main characters in “Scars Do Heal”, i.e. Sonal and Ryan appear in “In Pursuit of a Family” as characters.

However the present story is about Ryan’s younger brother, Kevin Percy. Kevin is a successful architect but he feels that something is missing from his life. A chance encouncter with Zsofia at a Christmas party leaves him dazzled. Kevin digs into Zsofia’s background and upon finding out that she is studying architecture, ensures that she is offered a job as an intern in his firm.

Zsofia turns out to be a damsel in distress, having being orphaned at a young age. Kevin acts like a true knight in shining armour, even offering Zsofia a place to stay when she needs one. Zsofia also meets Kevin’s family and gets to know them.

Zsofia and Kevin eventually confess their feelings for each other and everything appears to be hunky dory. But of course a misunderstanding has to happen and Zsofia walks out of Kevin’s life. So the reader needs to read the story to find out if there is a happy ending for Zsofia and Kevin.

I did not enjoy this story as much as I enjoyed “Scars Do Heal”. Somehow, I did not connect with Zsofia’s character, the way that I connected with Kevin’s. All in all, the book is a decent read!

 

BOOK REVIEW: SCARS DO HEAL

Book: Scars Do Heal

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Author: Shilpa Menon

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Notion Press

Number of pages: 328 pages

My Rating: 3/5

MY REVIEW: I received a review copy of “Scars Do Heal” by Shilpa Menon in exchange for an honest review.

The main character in the story is Sonal Kapoor, who lives in London with her aged mother and runs a florist shop. Sonal moved from India to England several years ago, in order to escape from a traumatic incident. This incident has left her very disturbed and she is unable to trust a man.

A chance encounter with a handsome stranger in the grocery store leads her to dropping her belongings. The handsome stranger cares to track her down and return them to her. He is Dr. Ryan Percy, a cardiovascular surgeon.

Ryan is drawn to her and wants to get to know her better. Sonal tries to push him away but Ryan proves to be too charming to resist. He courts her in an extremely romantic fairy tale fashion until she too reciprocates his feelings.

It turns out that Ryan is also recovering from past wounds. Sonal opens up to him about her past as well. However, just when everything seems to be going on well, a ghost from Sonal’s past returns to haunt her.

All the characters in the story are portrayed very well and the reader will keep turning the pages to find out if Sonal and Ryan’s love story has a happy ending.

BOOK REVIEW: FOR THE SAKE OF LOVE

Book: For the Sake of Love

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Author: Anamika Mishra

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Westland Books

Number of pages: 171 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: I received a copy of “For the Sake of Love” by Anamika Mishra in exchange for an honest review.

There are two parallel romances in this book, one is a love story that spans over decades. This story is beautifully depicted in the form of letters written by David to Jasmine. But is David’s love unrequited? Why has Jasmine never replied to any of his letters?

Twisha Khanna is the creative head of a travel magazine. Young, pretty and practical, she doesn’t believe in the notion of romantic love. She is sent by her travel magazine to Shimla on an assignment for a month, accompanied by her colleague Bobby.

In Shimla, Twisha and Bobby discover David’s letters to Jasmine. Fascinated by the letters, Twisha and Bobby track down David. They undertake to find out what happened to Jasmine and why she never answered any of David’s letters. They are aided in their search by David’s grandson Alex.

While they try to track down Jasmine, Twisha and Alex find themselves drawn to each other. But neither of them believe in the concept of love.

Whether they succeed in finding Jasmine and whether both the love stories have a happy ending, is obviously part of the suspense of the story and should not be revealed by me!

“For the Sake of Love” is a romance that will certainly appeal to readers who love that particular genre.

BOOK REVIEW: SECRET DIARY OF AN INCURABLE ROMANTIC

Book: Secret Diary of an Incurable Romantic

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Author: Chitrangada Mukherjee

Genre: Fiction

Published by: Fingerprint Publishing

Number of pages: 278 pages

My Rating: 5/5

MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of this book by the author Chitrangada Mukherjee in exchange for an honest review.

The story is about Madhu (Madhubala), whose husband has died recently after only a year of marriage. Madhu now lives with her elderly mother-in-law and teaches Social Science in a school.

The story is witty, hilarious, extremely interesting and poignant at the same time. Though Madhu misses her husband intensely, she is still portrayed as a woman with normal needs and desires. She takes solace in alcohol and a fling with a colleague.

Madhu’s workplace, i.e. the school, is extremely well depicted with interesting descriptions of the staffroom, her bitchy colleagues, the pushy parents and the demanding principal.

I also loved the characters of Madhu’s parents and her mother-in-law Lalitaji as well as her best friend Pintu.

On the whole, the story is extremely modern and accurately shows the dynamics of relationships today. Will there be a happy ending for Madhu? The reader needs to read the story to find out.

I highly recommend ‘Secret Diary of an Incurable Romantic’ to readers as a real page-turner of a novel!

 

BOOK REVIEW: THE FULL CIRCLE

Book: The Full Circle

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Author: Namrata Gupta

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Srishti Publishers

Number of pages: 122 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

MY REVIEW: The author Namrata Gupta provided me with a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.

The story is about Aditya, an avid traveller who is unable to stay in one place for long. However, he meets Zinnia, when he visits Darjeeling and finds himself drawn to her.

Zinnia has an extremely unhappy home life and Aditya initially feels sorry for her. However, they later become friends and end up falling in love.

However, there is a secret about Zinnia’s parents and her past and Aditya is determined to uncover it. Will he be able to uncover the secret before it is too late?

I recommend this book to readers who enjoy reading romance fiction especially those who like some suspense thrown into the story.