Author: Kapil Raj
Published by: Write India Publishers
Number of pages: 216 pages
My Rating: 4/5
MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
The story is certainly different from anything that I have read so far. It deals with the pertinent question of rape.
Palak is a beautiful young woman studying in college. She is leading a fun life of drinking, partying and even drugs with her group of friends. While stoic Rohin in her group of friends appears to be attracted to her, Palak herself is interested in another friend Jahan.
Palak’s life takes a turn for the worse when she attends a rave party with her friends. She wakes up the next morning with no recollection of the previous night. But the battered condition of her body tells her that something serious and unpleasant has happened to her. She faces further humiliation when there is a sex video of her and Rohin doing the rounds.
Rohin takes Palak to his home town in order to get away from the gossip and speculation. Palak goes through a tremendous ordeal as she struggles to come to terms with what has happened to her.
Will Rohin be able to find out what actually transpired on the night of the party? Will Palak be able to heal? The author has beautifully depicted Palak’s thoughts, feelings and emotions in the story.
I recommend this book to readers as value for money.
Book: Scars Do Heal
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: For the Sake of Love
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: The Diary on the Fifth Floor
Author: Raisha Lalwani
Published by: Rupa Publications
Number of pages: 164 pages
My Rating: 5/5
MY REVIEW: I received a copy of “The Diary on the Fifth Floor” by Raisha Lalwani in exchange for an honest review.
The story is about Savannah, a young woman who visits Dr. Rama Berry, a psychiatrist, whose clinic is located on the fifth floor. Initially, Savannah consults Dr. Berry under false pretences. However, the doctor sees through her deception.
Savannah leaves her diary with Dr. Berry. This diary contains her innermost thoughts. There are several stories and incidents narrated by her in the diary.
There is a deep, underlying message in the book. Seeking psychiatric treatment is considered to be a social stigma in our society even today. Are the stories and incidents written by Savannah in her diary real? Did they actually happen to Savannah herself? Will Dr. Berry be able to help her? What is actually wrong with Savannah? These are just some of the questions that arise while reading the book.
“The Diary on the Fifth Floor” is an extremely interesting story that is worth reading.
Book: Secret Diary of an Incurable Romantic
Author: Chitrangada Mukherjee
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: The Full Circle
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.
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!