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.

BOOK REVIEW: THE SUM OF ALL MY PARTS

Book: The Sum of all my Parts

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Author: Andaleeb Wajid

Genre: Fiction

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 REVIEW: AND WE WALKED AWAY

 

Book: And We Walked Away

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Author: Subrat Saurabh

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Notion Press

Number of pages: 188 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

MY REVIEW: The author Subrat Saurabh ensured that I get a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The story is told in the first person by Abhimanyu, a.k.a. Abhi. It begins with Abhi arriving at his engineering college as an alumni and a famous author, as a guest and a speaker in the Induction programme.

Arriving at and then wandering around the college premises leads Abhi to think about his past and reminisce about his relationship with Naina. The story is gripping and interesting as we read about how Abhi gets admission in an engineering college, meets Naina and finds himself drawn to her.

This book will certainly appeal to people who have studied in hostels during their school and college days. In any case it certainly makes the reader nostalgic about school and college events and childhood loves and crushes.

Abhi and Naina become friends and Abhi is ready and willing to take their relationship forward and to the next level. However, Naina insists that they remain friends as she does not believe in love before marriage.

Abhi and Naina support and guide each other through various crises throughout their college life but Naina remains resolute that they are just friends.

Now since I cannot give away the plot, I would ask readers to read the story to find out if there is a happy ending in store for Abhi and Naina.

BOOK REVIEW: I SHALL ALWAYS LOVE YOU

Book: I Shall Always Love You

 

Author: Shilpa JaintempImageForSave

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Srishti Publishers

Number of pages: 214 pages

My Rating: 4.5/5

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

The story is not a run of the mill romance, instead it has a great many intriguing elements: kidnapping, reincarnation, a lost treasure and a hunt for that treasure.

Shiv Sanyal is a talented sculptor and the son of a business tycoon Saurabh Sanyal. Shiv has a loyal friend in Arjun and another in Saloni. Unfortunately, Arjun is in love with Saloni while Saloni harbours feelings for Shiv. However, Shiv only sees a friend in Saloni.

In the middle of this love triangle, Shiv sees a mysterious masked woman at his birthday bash. He feels immediately drawn to her and it inspires him to create a magnificent sculpture.

At Shiv’s exhibition, it is pointed out to him by an art critic that his sculpture is a remake of a sculpture of Khajuraho. Shiv, who has never visited that place, decides to go to Khajuraho to see the sculptures for himself.

In Khajuraho, while sleeping, Shiv is taken back in time to the 11th century, and the story of his past life is revealed. Rudra and Mohini’s love story ends tragically resulting in their deaths. Coming back to the present day, Shiv meets his reincarnated love Nysa but immediately they are all put in danger.

I cannot reveal too much about the book without giving away the plot but Shiv, Nysa, Arjun and Saloni embark on a hunt for lost treasure. Will they be able to outwit the villain or will their present lives have the same sad end as their past lives? The reader needs to read the book to find out.

I recommend this book to readers as a thrilling action packed love story.