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Book Review: Falling In Love With Cupid (A Mytho-fiction Romance Series Book 1)

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AUTHOR: RUBINA RAMESH
FORMAT : KINDLE EDITION
ASIN: B07G6NQD1C

 
 

Though not an ardent fan of romance fiction, I picked up this one. Want to know why? There were two reasons- 1) though a part of a romance series, this one has at its core mythological characters, and I’m partial to the same. 2) It’s from one of my favourite authors. So I had a lot of expectations from this one, and I must admit that Rubina did not disappoint me. In fact I loved every bit of this novel and can’t help wait for the next in the series. That said, here’s my opinion on the book –

The story of Psyche and Cupid though short, wraps within its fold multiple emotions. There is hate, despair, doubt and love. Revenge meant to wreak havoc, ends up in two souls getting entangled. However their path of love is fraught with dangers and difficulties. Will the flame of love burning within them help them overcome the obstacles or will it reduce them to ashes? ………That’s where the suspense lies, and to untangle the mystery you must read the book.

The language, the imagery, and the twists and turns keep you hooked. In fact they draw you into the story, and you can’t help but try step into the shoes of the characters and live their role.

Revenge gone awry is how one can describe ‘Falling in love with Cupid.’
 
 
VERDICT

A light yet intense read one that will ensnare you and not let you stop till you reach the last full-stop.

 
 
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#BookReview: Finding Juliet

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Title: Finding Juliet
Author: Toffee
Publisher: Srishti
Genre: Fiction

THE BOOK

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Arjun is an incredibly nice guy who believes in true love and is waiting for it with open arms. He falls in love, not once or twice, but thrice. And every single time, happiness – like the girls he fell for – comes very close to him before pushing him away. His only pillar of strength in all his moments of grief and dejection is his childhood friend Anjali.

Dejected by the games played by girls and fate, he leaves Hyderabad for Bangalore and ends up meeting Krish, an irresistible flirt. He understands Arjun’s predicament, pacifies him with his words and enlightens him about the most complicated species ever created by God – Women.

And then, Arjun’s life changes forever.

Will Arjun find the one he has been waiting for, or will he end up becoming a flirt? Will he ever taste lasting happiness?

Join Arjun as he tries to figure out women and discovers the meaning of love, lust and life.. all in his journey of Finding Juliet.

MY TAKE

STORY-LINE: Interesting yet unrelatable at places. It’s more in tune with Bollywood themes. When I picked up the book I expected more of humor. But that was sadly missing. In fact the story is just about Arjun and his thirst for acceptance by the fairer sex. On the way we get to see the heart breaks he encounters, the feeling of disillusionment he suffers and his metamorphosis from a simple guy to one easily giving into lust. But then this phase too is short-lived. Very soon he comes face-to-face with a situation which leaves him jittery. In short ‘Finding Juliet’ is all about love, lust and life. But somehow lust seems to have overshadowed love and life throughout the pages of the book.

While Anjali won my heart I cannot say the same for Arjun. Somehow he came across as a very weakling.

In Esha the journalist, I was looking for someone out to get a scoop, one ready to blow the lid on the sexual escapades of the people in Arjun’s organisation. But then nothing of the sort happened.

The end was predictable.

CHARACTERIZATION: The character of Arjun the protagonist somehow did not work for me. He looked too desperate to hook a girl and always seemed to end up weeping. However, in contrast I found the character of Anjali his best friend, more appealing. She appeared more strong and level-head.

Another thing that I found strange was the characterization of most of the female characters the protagonist Arjun comes across/ gets into a relationship with. They appear promiscuous and just waiting to jump into the bed with him. A bit difficult to digest given my reading of Indian girls and their views on pre-marital sex.

LANGUAGE, STYLE, PACE: Language is simple, crisp and lucid thereby making it an easy and quick read. Style of narrative too is fine while the pace is perfect.

VERDICT

A simple and quick read, one that you can pick up on a short journey, I’ll give it 3 on a scale of 5.


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THE AUTHOR

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TOFFEE

A simple guy who loves the complications of life, Toffee loves narrating interesting stories with subtle insights. Finding Juliet is his second book. The same was written keeping in mind India’s Generation-Y.


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#Spotlight: The Smitten Husband by Sundari Venkatraman

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Marriages Made in India

Book #1
THE SMITTEN HUSBAND
by
Sundari Venkatraman

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Ram Maheshwari is a successful jewellery designer who has a huge showroom on MI Road, Jaipur. He’s tall, dark, handsome and a billionaire to boot. He’s twenty-nine and falls in with his parents’ wishes when they try to arrange his marriage.
The lovely, stormy-eyed Sapna Purohit is from Pushkar. She’s managed to finish school and makes a living by doing mehendi designs during weddings. She’s always dreamt of a Prince on a white horse, sweeping her off her feet.
One look into Sapna’s grey eyes and Ram is lost. Only, Sapna’s unable to see her Prince in Ram. Being from a poor family, she has no choice but to go along with the tide when the Maheshwaris offer to bear all expenses of the wedding. 
Does that mean that the feisty Sapna is all set to accept Ram as her husband? She puts forth a condition, after the wedding. Will The Smitten Husband agree to it?
*MARRIAGES MADE IN INDIA is a five-novella series that revolves around the characters you have met in The Runaway Bridegroom.
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“Good morning!” said a sleepy voice. “What are you doing so far away?” called out Ram, before reaching out with a long arm to pull her to him.
A startled Sapna gave him a shocked look that was lost on her husband, whose eyes were still closed. His arms went around her waist like steel bands, his breath hot against her cheek. “Sapna…” he whispered in her ear as his hard lips pressed into her petal soft cheek.
Sapna tried to pull out of his arms, only to have them pull her closer. Her breasts were flattened against his solid chest. Her traitorous body seemed to enjoy the pressure as her nipples perked up. She did her best to hold on to the control that was slipping fast.
“Ram,” she called out loudly, hoping to wake him up. She couldn’t free her arms that were trapped against her own body, as he held her in a crushing grip. His mouth was busy exploring her face, moving inexorably towards her lips. His eyes continued to remain closed, while his hands moved restlessly at her waist. “Ram…” her voice came out in a whisper, as she felt his tongue trace the edge of her lips. Tortured, she made the final move to capture his roving lips, breaking free her hands to hold his face steady.
“Sapna…” sighed Ram, kissing her gently, his tongue first tracing her upper lip and then her lower one. He gently bit the luscious curve. Sapna instinctively opened her mouth to let him explore the velvety cavern with his tongue. Shyly, her tongue reached out to mate with his, making Ram groan with need.
His hands moved restlessly on her body, her nightie bunching up. His muscular legs tangled with her slim ones, making her sigh with pleasure as his hard and hairy skin brushed against her soft and silky one. His hands cupped her lush bottom, caressing it lovingly.
Sapna suddenly became aware of his hardness pressed against her belly. Coming to her senses, she turned her face away, breaking the kiss. “No Ram.”
His wet lips continued to caress her, his tongue exploring her shell-like ear. Even as her heart thudded loudly, Sapna pushed against him. “Ram, please, will you stop it?”
His black eyes opened a slit, desire and slumber at war in them. “Sapna?” If he hadn’t been fully awake before, he was now, as he stared at her lovely face that was so close to his. He slowly recalled what had been occurring over the past few minutes. He had at first thought he was dreaming about kissing the luscious woman in his arms. How had she landed there in the first place?
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The Smitten Husband is the eighth book authored by Sundari Venkatraman. This is a hot romance and is Book #1 of the 5-novella series titled Marriages Made in India. Other published novels by the author are The Malhotra Bride, Meghna, The Runaway Bridegroom, The Madras Affair and An Autograph for Anjali—all romances. She also has a collection of romantic short stories called Matches Made in Heaven; and a collection of human interest stories called Tales of Sunshine. All of Sundari Venkatraman’s books have been on Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers in India, USA, UK & Australia many times over.


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#BOOKREVIEW – LOT FOR OTHERS

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TITLE : Lot for others
AUTHOR: Sweta
PUBLISHER: Frog Books (An imprint of Leadstart Publishing)
GENRE: Fiction (Romance)

THE BOOK

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Do the looks of a person matter in a true relationship? Why does a relationship end? Just because the redundant questions of the society can’t be answered? What would you feel when you meet that one person, whom you had left once upon a time, for the sake of his happiness in this ever-judging world, but whose actual happiness was in you, something you didn’t understand then. How would you react when you have to choose either one of two important things? Can life always give you a second chance? The story revolves around Ishanvi, a chubby girl. Everyone likes her, but only a few love her. Her looks are not appealing, whereas, her heart is of gold. She always puts herself behind others. She thinks of the world before contemplating about herself. What will happen when she gets into a relationship with a guy who is the dream man of every girl? Read the book to find answers to these questions, which, one day, you may ask yourself in life.

 

ME FEELS

Story-line: Interesting. ‘Lot for Others’ starts with the narrator rejecting a suitor proposed by her mother, just because he is not the dream-man she looks forward to invite in her life. According to her he is a dumbo who “..is not brilliant with his looks. He is tall but not that handsome. He is dark but not that attractive.” It reveals the typical mindset of a youngster romantic at heart yet not practical in approach. Does her perception of beauty and looks change? Well for that you will have to read the story of Ishanvi whose diary jottings Sweta the narrator has a chance to go through. But here it is the other way round. Ishanvi is the ‘ugly duckling’ plump and self conscious, who can’t figure out what a good-looking guy like Vivaan sees in her that he is keen to make her a part of his life. Affected by what others say and what others feel Ishanvi takes some decisions that have far-reaching consequences on the lives of others. Does Ishanvi ultimately find true love? Will she shed her inhibitions about her looks? Will she give life a second chance? Will the story of Ishanvi open Sweta’s eyes? ‘Lot for Others’ will answer.The book in short, focuses on the inner turmoil that the ‘not so good looking’ go through, the psychology behind important decisions they take pertaining to their life, the reason for their low self-esteem and society’s hand in molding their character and shaping their thoughts . The book has its fair measure of twists and turns, romance and suspense.

Characterization : The characters are well-developed with all their imperfections.

Language and Pace : Simple and steady. At no point do you find the pace slackening nor the author hurrying up with the events.

Editing: This is where I found the book wanting. The editing needs to be tightened to take care of grammatical errors, wrong/ misplaced usage of words/ phrases as well as to make the story smooth and more enjoyable.
 

VERDICT

Overall an enjoyable read and a wonderful attempt by a budding writer (Sweta Sahu, the author is just a school girl), I’ll give the book a 3 out of 5. 

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SWETA SAHU THE AUTHOR

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A school girl with a wish to make a mark in life, Sweta Sahu believes that each person is a story by himself. Time and situation play a vital role in shaking a person from his/her reverie and making him/her aware of the story within him/ her. It is this belief that has helped Sweta pen ‘Lot for Others.’

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DISCLAIMER

A copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review. My views about the book are my unbiased opinion formed after carefully reading it and are in no way influenced by the author or the publisher.
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SECOND SPRING – REVIEW

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TITLE : SECOND SPRING
AUTHOR : SANDHYA JANE
GENRE: FICTION (ROMANCE)

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This is Avantika’s heartfelt journey through love and life…

As a smart, successful, thirty-eight-year-old single mother, Avantika seemingly has it all: a great career as a seasoned banking professional, respect and admiration from her peers as an able leader, fulfillment as a mother, and so many other things.

What is it, then, that drives her towards Rohan, a man six years her junior? He’s a man who ideally would not occupy much room in Avantika’s otherwise sorted mind space.

She has told herself she has no time for love. Then, why does she make the choices she makes? Is it the sameness and banality of everyday existence? Is it the emotional vacuum? A need to relive life? A feeling that life as she has truly lived and felt is passing her by?

However, as she struggles with her feelings, Avantika and Rohan part ways… only to meet again. To what end? Why does Rohan want her back… and why now?

So many questions! Very few answers!

Avantika’s journey is as spiritual as it is emotional. Can love give second chances? Join Avantika in the twists and turns of her story, through her ponderings over the mysteries and vagaries of the word “love,” the complexities of human relationships, and the reassessment of all the values she has held dear…

 

ME FEELS

 

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A simple yet engaging and entertaining read the story is narrated by two different people who are in fact the main protagonists of the story. They share their side of the story thus creating a bond with the reader. The author has through their life, their relationships and their thought processes tried to bring out the complexities in relationships. There is romance, denial, realization, pain, inner struggle, search for inner peace and a lot more. In short the story is more of the turmoil that love causes in the life of the protagonist Avantika. It is also about giving love and life a second chance and making the right choices.

The story has its fair measure of twists and turns. But what I liked best is the climax. I couldn’t help but say, “Oh!”

The characters though few, are fleshed out well and one can easily relate to their strengths and weaknesses, their emotions and actions.

The pace is fine and language is simple, making it an easy read.

 

OOPs!

 
Long winding explanations in the middle of the narrative were uncalled for at times. They were like hurdles which I couldn’t help but jump.

 

THE VERDICT

 
A light and refreshing read I’ll give the book 3 on a scale of 5.

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MEET THE AUTHOR

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SANDHYA JANE

An Indian writer, entrepreneur and business analysis professional, Sandhya Jane has authored book and research papers. Her articles are also published by leading newspapers.

Sandhya is a founder director at ANISAN Technologies that provides consulting and training services in the area of Business Analysis.After completing her higher education in United States, Sandhya worked with several investment banks in India, USA and subsequently moved to Hong Kong. Her travels across the globe has made her richer in terms of knowledge of different cultures and regions.

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The Other End of the Corridor- Book Review

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Title : The Other End of the Corridor
Author: Sujata Rajpal
Publisher: Mahaveer Publishers
Genre: Fiction

THE BOOK

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When your dreams are tainted with lies and deceit, you have no other choice but to walk to the other end of the corridor

Leela has nothing extraordinary about her except the dream to become famous. Her desires take wings when she gets married to a handsome boy from a respectable family in Delhi. But her dreams are shattered even before they have a chance to take flight.
She happens to meet two friends from a long forgotten past, which infuses hope and opens new avenues to realize her dormant aspirations.

Leela delves into previously unexplored paths of deception and forbidden passions that only make her stronger.

In an attempt to rediscover herself, she falls in love with life and with herself but her life takes a sudden turn again…
No matter what, Leela will continue to chase her dreams.

Where does this journey take her?

MY TAKE ON THE BOOK

Story-line: Interesting and different from the usual books belonging to the romance genre/ books on societal realties, ‘The Other End of the Corridor’ is not all about chasing one’s dreams. It is also not all about lies and deceit. Instead the author has cleverly woven the life of the hapless girl child forced into marriage at a young age, the crushing of her dreams and the apathy towards her state both at home and outside. There is all that’s anti-girl, anti- woman portrayed here like gender bias, domestic violence and the blame- game inflicted by society on the victim of rape and molestation.

The protagonist, a simple and dreamy girl wishes to soar high and make a career, a life of her own but that’s not to be. Her wings are clipped even before she can prepare to take-off. She finds herself tied down by a loveless marriage that offers her nothing but pain. But even in the face of adversity her eyes search for a glimmer of hope at the end of the dark tunnel only to be disappointed. She lives each day believing that tomorrow will spell a change only to be disappointed.

Her patience tested to breaking point, she finally decides to walk to the other end of the corridor though it’s fraught with obstacles. Does she make it or does she stumble and fall down? To know that one must read the book.

The story has its fair measure of twists and turns but there are also several such instances that one can foresee much before they unfold.

All-in-all, there was times I felt let down, especially when the protagonist kept on pinning for the man of her dreams not only to be let down once but again and again. It felt demeaning and I couldn’t help feel angry with her. I wished she knew how to keep her spine erect. In fact that’s where the author wins. She is able to involve the reader totally.

Characterization: The characters especially that of the protagonist Leela and S.J.Venkataraman aka Jai are well- developed. Yes, a little more work on Leela’s husband’s character would have added value to the book. We know so little of him and his mental state that it’s not easy to comprehend his treatment of Leela.

Language: Simple and easy to understand.

Pace: Slow at first but gradually picked up only to rush through the end.

THE VERDICT

A simple and interesting read one that each Indian reader can easily relate to, I give the book 3 on a scale of 5.

 


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THE MADRAS AFFAIR – BOOK REVIEW

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TITLE: THE MADRAS AFFAIR
AUTHOR: SUNDARI VENKATRAMAN
PUBLISHER: READOMANIA
GENRE: ROMANCE

THE BOOK

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Sangita Sinclair was not always this successful & passionate lady, heading the NGO “Penn Urimai” for downtrodden, abused and homeless women….

When Sangita catches the eye of Gautam Sinclair she is a simple, homely girl; utterly unaware of her charms & capabilities. She has the devil’s own time in overcoming her inhibitions, hesitation, and her family’s orthodox and outdated rules before recognising her love for Gautam.

Will Gautam be able to solve Sangita’s Dilemma or will she be forever trapped in her past?

MY TAKE ON THE BOOK

STORYLINE: Interesting. A simple yet strong one, this story of Sangita and Gautam Sinclair is not all about falling head over heels for someone. Instead it conveys something more. It is a take on society, its aversion towards the hapless widow, false egos, selfish motives, outdated rituals, false notions, etc……… It is also a call to the victimized to stand up for their rights and enjoy life and love.

The story would have been another run-of-the-mill romance, another Mills & Boons book if the author had not very deftly interwoven the darker side of society into the story.

The ending was of course predictable but then I liked it. After the engrossing read if it were anything else it would surely be a disappointment.

CHARACTERIZATION: The characters both the main and secondary or supporting ones are well-developed with all their imperfections. While one can’t help loving the cute Sandeep, one also can’t help hating Radha and her vile tongue. In fact one actually lives the characters as the scenes unfold. Hence it’s easy to empathize with them or hate them for their thoughts, their words their actions.

LANGUAGE: Simple, crisp and lucid. Yes there are a few typos here and there that need to be set right. But that’s no major hurdle to enjoying the book.

PACE: Perfect. It’s neither too slow nor too fast.

STYLE: Full marks to the Author’s narration style. It made the story not only interesting but engaging too.

VERDICT

By far the best book in this genre that I have read in recent times I’ll give this book a 4.5 on a scale of 5

 


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You are the Best Wife by Ajay K Pandey- A Review

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TITLE: You are the Best Wife
AUTHOR: Ajay K Pandey
PUBLISHER: Srishti Publishers
GENRE: Memoir(True Love Story)

THE BOOK


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Touching and at the same time eye-catching and revealing. It makes one want to pick up the book and explore the story within the covers.

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This is a true inspiring story of the author and his struggle with life. He struggled in almost every part of his life, but when his life seemed to be falling in place, his beloved wife left him halfway and her last word, ‘You are the best husband.’ gave him the strength to live with. He decided to pull off all her unaccomplished duties and made it a target to thrive for the rest of his life.

Told with frankness and doses of humor this heart-warming tale of a boy and a girl who never gave up on their love in face of the many blows that life deals them ends on a bittersweet and poignant note as Ajay comes to terms with the biggest lesson life has to offer.

‘You are best wife.’ is Author’s story—a story of how he lost his wife, his nerve-wracking and unimaginably terrifying journey through denial, resentment, and depression to, finally, acceptance and forgiveness.

The story is based on Ajay K Pandey and Bhavna’s life-journey and their love story.

MY TAKE ON THE BOOK

Straight from the heart hence, touching and relatable, the book starts on a humorous note where we see the author reminisce his college days, the ragging mania that gripped his seniors at IERT, the nightmarish nights he and his friends endured till the freshers’ day, his attempt at wooing his classmate who ultimately became his life partner, etc. Later we get a taste of Indian society, its caste equations, egos, etc., but what stands out is the fact that ultimately love prevails and all other things fade away. Though the first half is hilarious at places and introduces us to the lighter moments in the author’s life, the second half makes us realize the vagaries of life. But then as they say, “All good things must come to an end”, so too does this story.

While the first half will bring a smile to the eyes, the second half which is raw with emotions starting from hope to frustration to utter helplessness and loss will moisten them. The agony of seeing one’s beloved suffer, and not be able to do anything to ease the pain is brought out well so too is the author’s reaction to the loss.

What I liked best was the ending. The author finally draws strength from his loss and decides to move on instead of becoming a ‘Devdas.’ He finds his calling in the underprivileged children and decides to contribute his might to their education and well-being. This is the best tribute he can give to his beloved, his wife.

Language is simple and easy to understand, very much like the plot which is simple and straight.

THE VERDICT

A simple and easy read, one that’s sure to moisten your eyes, I’ll give this 4 on a scale of 5.

 


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THE AUTHOR


An Engineering graduate in Electronics from IERT (Allahabad) and MBA holder from IIMM (Pune), Ajay K Pandey is currently working with Cognizant Pune. He finds joy and draws inspiration from TTR i.e. travelling, trekking and reading. ‘You are the Best Life’ is his debut novel. In fact it is his story.

 

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Book Review- The Hidden Letters…

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TITLE: The Hidden Letters…
AUTHOR: Purba Chakraborty
PUBLISHER: Bluejay Books Pvt.Ltd.
GENRE: Fiction

THE BOOK

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She is a successful author, a loving wife and the world’s best mom. Her doctor husband dotes on her, her teenage daughter idolizes her and her readers yearn for her writing. Shouldn’t all that respect and love make her happy?

Yet, she is devoid of inner peace. In the wee hours of the night, her slumber is disturbed by horrifying nightmares. All her harmony is abducted and lost amidst the bunch of hidden letters kept in her cupboard. Those letters were written long back by her cousin, presently a patient at a mental asylum in Kolkata.

Haunted by her inner demons and tired by the long-time secrecy, she decides to put end to her misery by surrendering to her husband and daughter, The Hidden Letters. . .

Will she lose her husbands love and daughters respect? Can she forgive herself for her own selfishness which rendered her cousin’s fate malignant?

WHAT I FELT

Plot: Flavoured with a dash of spice and a cube of sugar this story brings forth the myriad shades of the human nature, the clash of the titans the brain and the heart and the psychology behind our decisions. It also tells us that what appears as wrong to some may be right for others. To blame is easy but to understand is difficult. Love is supposed to be all-encompassing, pure and true. It teaches us to have faith in the other, forgive and forget. Love provides inner peace. Yet, here in ‘The Hidden Letters’ we find that that all-encompassing love is marred by deceit and distrust thus giving rise to the fear, fear of losing.

‘The Hidden Letters’ is the story of Ananya a bestselling author and her secret. It is interesting and engaging. Ananya’s dilemma born out of the secret she keeps under wraps from her family is understandable. Is she right in keeping her husband in the dark? Has she failed someone who had been her greatest support in her hour of need? Well, it all depends on one’s perception of the situation, on how one views her action or if I may say the reason behind it. Is she jealous? Is she selfish? Or is she doing just what’s normal? Well to understand that one needs to go through the book. But I must admit that the author has been able to weave a web of suspense around ‘The Hidden Letters’ beautifully.

The book is truly a simple yet sweet read, one that’s easily relatable.

Language & Style: Simple & crisp hence making the book an easy and light read.

Characterization: The characters are well developed with all their imperfections. One can actually relate to their strengths, weaknesses, actions and reactions. This in itself speaks highly of the observation skills and story-telling ability of the author. To be able to portray Anaya’s secret and her fears as well as Nishith and Olivia’s reactions to her secret as is seen in the pages of the book, one needs to understand human psychology well. Purba has done a fine job here.

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Recommendation & Rating

An engaging, light read, one you can pick up while traveling or on a lazy weekend, I give “The Hidden Letters” 4 on a scale of 5.


THE AUTHOR

Born into a Bengali family from Kolkata, Purba Chakraborty is a content developer/writer by profession and an author by passion. Having authored ‘WALKING IN THE STREETS OF LOVE AND DESTINY’ and “THE HIDDEN LETTERS…” Purba is now working on her next book. But that’s not all. Purba has had many of her short stories and poems published in magazines and anthologies. You’ll find her works in “Stories for your valentine” and “Fusion-A mingled flavour mocktail”.

An avid blogger, Purba Chakraborty blogs at- http://www.reverieofpurba.blogspot.in

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Book Review: Unexpected Valentines

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TITLE : Unexpected Valentines: Stories to make you believe in love
AUTHOR : Summerita Rhayne
GENRE : Fiction

THE BOOK

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Unexpected Valentines is a collection of seven short romantic reads each different from the other. The stories in this collection are –

Unexpected Valentine
The Magic Within
Love at loggerheads
Chained to Shadows
Right or Wrong
Coffee and Clashes
Hooded Desire

These stories tell us that love can strike at the most unexpected time and place. People most unlikely to fall in love may come together unknowingly to make a great pair.

I received the book from the author herself in return for an unbiased review.

AUTHOR

Summerita Rhayne took up writing in her late thirties and hasn’t looked back since then. She first got published in 2013 and has won contests with Harlequin and Harper Collins India. For her writing is the only way to deal with the numerous story ideas bubbling in her brain which pop up more rapidly than her keyboard can do justice to. Summerita’s pet belief is that a story and its characters have a life of their own and will find a way to make the writer pen them down. What else can one do when cerebrally confronted with the sizzling interaction of two Alpha characters?

She prefers to call her books sweet and sensual to denote the slowly deepening relationship between the characters.

She loves winding down with music, movies and social networking.

Other books from the author’s desk : Against all Rules, Hidden Passion

Follow her @ http://www.summeritarhayne.com/ on twitter @SummeritaRhayne

WHAT I FELT ABOUT THE BOOK

WOWs!!

The reads : Short and sweet, each entirely different from the other. They are filled with drama and subtle romance.No vulgarity.

Each story in the book reveals how love can be found and experienced in the most unexpected quarter. One can feel the characters come live before the eyes. Their inner turmoil, doubts and ecstasy are well reflected. One can easily relate to Kaira’s doubts regarding her relationship with Aditya, the suspicions gnawing Arnav and his sense of insecurity stemming from Siddharth’s feelings for Raina on the one hand and the spell cast by Ranveer on Sanjana in their very first meeting.

The twists in some are unexpected. ‘Hooded Desire’ is one such read where the end came as a pleasant surprise.

Characterization : The characters are well etched with all their imperfections. One can easily relate to each one of them.

Language: Language, crisp and lucid.

WRAPPING UP

Recommendation & Rating: A simple and enjoyable read, I’ll give this 4 on a scale of 5.

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