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: TIDES DON’T CROSS

Book: Tides Don’t Cross

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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 REVIEW: HOPE AND SUNSHINE

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Author: Debasmita Nath Ghoesh

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Power Publishers

Number of pages: 170 pages

My Rating: 3/5

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

The story is about Naina Grover, who hails from Delhi but is working in Kolkata. She enjoys her work as Marketing Manager and is in a long distance relationship with Ved. Naina has a wonderful friend in the form of her cousin Arjun.

Arjun’s best friend is Aditya, the new HR Manager in the company where Naina works. Naina, Arjun and Aditya, soon become a trio enjoying their time hanging out together while Naina struggles in her long distance romance with Ved.

There is also a traumatic secret about Naina’s family that Naina has difficulty coping with. In the meantime, she grows close to Aditya and his family, to the extent that he becomes her ‘hope’ and she becomes his ‘sunshine.”

Who will Naina eventually choose: Aditya or Ved and will she ever be able to recover from the tragedy that happened in the past? The reader needs to read the book, to find the answers.

BOOK REVIEW: IT’S GOT TO BE LOVE

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Author: Prashant Kaul

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Notion Press

Number of pages: 254 pages

My Rating: 3/5

MY REVIEW: I received a copy of “It’s Got To Be Love” by Prashant Kaul in exchange for an honest review.

This story has all the elements of a romance, unrequited love, fights, serious accidents, misunderstandings and heroic stunts!

Dev Sharma lives in Chandigarh and becomes the best of friends with Vikram in school. The two of them also join the same college. At first, Dev is bullied in college but he manages to transform his physique through exercise and martial arts. Dev has this strange ability of having some of his dreams come true!

Dev falls for Carol in college. She appears to reciprocate his feelings but she also does not appear to be entirely committed to him. In the meantime, Dev connects with Vaani on Facebook, who lives in Delhi and two of them become good friends.

Dev meets Vaani in person when he moves to Delhi to pursue his post-graduation. As his relationship with Carol is going nowhere, Dev gets more and more close to Vaani and eventually falls in love with her.

However, Vaani and her family mysteriously disappear one day. Dev, aided by his group of friends, frantically tries to track her down. Whether he succeeds in doing so and whether the story has a happy ending, is obviously part of the suspense of the story and should not be revealed by me!

“It’s Got To Be Love” is a romance that will certainly appeal to readers who love that particular genre.

BOOK REVIEW: MY LOVE IS AWAY FROM MORTALITY

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Author: Vansh Arora

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Kalamos Literary Services

Number of pages: 245 pages

My Rating: 3/5

MY REVIEW: The author Vansh Arora provided me with a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review.

The story is about two people, Manav and Aditi who meet when they are in school. They are totally opposite personality wise but still they become good friends and eventually fall in love.

But college takes them apart from each other. Manav and Aditi try to maintain their friendship but circumstances and new friends keep them apart.

There is also a supernatural element in the book. Apart from circumstances, these other forces are also keeping Manav and Aditi apart.

I recommend this book to readers who enjoy reading romance fiction especially those who like a bit of the supernatural thrown into the story.