A Way back Into love by Veronica Thatcher

d4633-waybackintoloveI received A Way Back Into Love (Love, #1) by Veronica Thatcher  as a review copy and am thankful for the same.

The Blurb:

Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain. People, irrational. But love…well, that makes everything complicated. And when you are caught in a tangled web of secrets, lies, and complex affairs, someone is bound to get burned.
Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college girl whose life gets turned upside-down when she realizes she’s in love with her best friend of fifteen years, Derek Thorpe. As Emily prepares to confess her feelings to Derek, something happens one night which changes her life forever. Five years later, Emily finds herself in Boston, alone and heartbroken. Will she ever be able to forget the past? And what will she find when she returns home…to the man she left behind?

The story:

Emily Stevens & Derek Thorpe met on their first day of kindergarten when they were six and have been best friends ever since. Inseparable for fifteen years, and then a misunderstanding changed everything. Emily goes to Boston to medical school and Derek stays back in Fresno to complete his education.

Five years later, Emily comes back to Fresno to do her internship in the hospital, where both her parents are consultants, and meets Derek on reaching home. Seeing him, she realizes that she still loves him, but he is engaged to her self-centred half sister, Emma.  Both of them are posted in the same unit.

Initially, their relationship is strained but with the passage of time, it becomes comfortable.  And then the past comes tumbling out.

My take:

Best friends becoming life partners is one of the themes that I love to read. The cover is beautiful. The characters are simple and well developed. I liked the little Emily more than the adult one. The relationship between Emily and her father has been depicted very well. The book has been written in third person and moves between the present and the past, but the chain of thought stays.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from BookR3wi3ws in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

Mighty Raju activity book

1282116aI received the book Mighty Raju activity book as a review copy from Rupa Publications and am thankful to the publisher for sending me a copy of the book. This is one of the books in the series of sixteen books created for the little ones.

On the back cover of the book:

The beloved superhero Mighty Raju is back. Set out on exciting adventures with him and also learn something new with this unique series of books created keeping young learners in mind. Throughout this series, you will learn a variety of concepts in a fun, interactive and engaging manner. The unique series has with the right amount of learning, fun and adventure all packed together.

My take:

The cover is attractive and has a feel good factor. The book starts with a photo introduction to the characters. The book has been illustrated very well. The paper quality is very good.

This book has activities like copy colour; dot to dot; spot the difference; word search and complete the picture.

It is an excellent book for preschoolers and also nursery children. The word search can be used for little bigger children.

 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

Maths lessons with Mighty Raju

51p0WFF6lqL._SX366_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgI received the book Maths lessons with Mighty Raju as a review copy from Rupa Publications and am thankful to the publisher for sending me a copy of the book. This is one of the books in the series of sixteen books created for the little ones.

On the back cover of the book:

The beloved superhero Mighty Raju is back. Set out on exciting adventures with him and also learn something new with this unique series of books created keeping young learners in mind. Throughout this series, you will learn a variety of concepts in a fun, interactive and engaging manner. The unique series has with the right amount of learning, fun and adventure all packed together.

My take:

The cover is attractive and has a feel good factor. The book starts with a photo introduction to the characters. The book has been illustrated very well.

This book has maths exercises like forward and backward counting; count and write/ circle; count and colour; concept of number sequence; greater and lesser numbers with illustrations; copying/ drawing/ colouring patterns; exercises on shapes; in between numbers; before and after numbers and exercises on number names.;

It is an excellent book for parents of kids who are in kg or prep. They can use this book to make exercises for their children.

Highly recommended.

 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

 

Learn colours and shapes with Mighty Raju

R576.jpgI received the book Learn colours and shapes with Mighty Raju as a review copy from Rupa Publications and am thankful to the publisher for sending me a copy of the book. This is one of the books in the series of sixteen books created for the little ones.

On the back cover of the book:

The beloved superhero Mighty Raju is back. Set out on exciting adventures with him and also learn something new with this unique series of books created keeping young learners in mind. Throughout this series, you will learn a variety of concepts in a fun, interactive and engaging manner. The unique series has with the right amount of learning, fun and adventure all packed together.

My take:

The cover is attractive and has a feel good factor. The book starts with a photo introduction to the characters. The book has been illustrated very well.

This book has ten colours, twelve shapes and has five exercises at the end of the book.

An excellent book for kids who are in preschool.

Highly recommended.

 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

Learn numbers with Mighty Raju

1282113a.jpgI received the book Learn numbers with Mighty Raju as a review copy from Rupa Publications and am thankful to the publisher for sending me a copy of the book. This is one of the books in the series of sixteen books created for the little ones.

On the back cover of the book:

The beloved superhero Mighty Raju is back. Set out on exciting adventures with him and also learn something new with this unique series of books created keeping young learners in mind. Throughout this series, you will learn a variety of concepts in a fun, interactive and engaging manner. The unique series has with the right amount of learning, fun and adventure all packed together.

My take:

The cover is attractive and has a feel good factor. The book starts with a photo introduction to the characters. The book has been illustrated very well.

This book is about numbers 1-20. One page is dedicated to one number and there is space for tracing the number. There are six exercises at the end of the book.

An excellent book for kids who are starting school and learning the numbers.

Highly recommended.

 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

Learn the Alphabet with Mighty Raju

1282114a.jpgI received the book Learn the Alphabet with Mighty Raju as a review copy from Rupa Publications and am thankful to the publisher for sending me a copy of the book. this is one book in the series of sixteen books created for the little ones.

On the back cover of the book:

The beloved superhero Mighty Raju is back. Set out on exciting adventures with him and also learn something new with this unique series of books created keeping young learners in mind. Throughout this series, you will learn a variety of concepts in a fun, interactive and engaging manner. The unique series has with the right amount of learning, fun and adventure all packed together.

My take:

The cover is attractive and has a feel good factor. The book starts with a photo introduction to the characters.

This book is about the English alphabet in which two letters have been mentioned in each page with a rhyme with goes with it. Also there is space for the child to trace the alphabet.

An excellent book for kids who are starting school and learning the alphabet.

Highly recommended.

 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

1857 Dust of Ages Vol 1: A Forgotten Tale by Vandana Shanker

59811-1857I received 1857 Dust of Ages Vol 1: A Forgotten Tale by Vandana Shanker as a review copy from the Book Club as a part of the review programme.

The blurb:

  1. The rebellion erupts in India. Despite its attempts to stay aloof, NAVGARH, a small town near Delhi, is drawn into the conflagration. And at its heart are Princess Meera and Captain Richard Smith, with their strange alliance made for the throne of Navgarh.

2016, Shiv Sahai, a young Indian art historian and Ruth Aiken, a British scholar discover an excerpt from the journal of an anonymous British soldier, searching for his wife in the chaos of 1857 Delhi. As they begin investigating the scandal, they become aware of the vague rumours that are told in the bylanes of Navgarh – about a princess who married a British soldier to save her kingdom.

The story:

32 year old Shiv Sahai, is doing a project in history at the University of Delhi. His grandmother lives in Navgarh, a small township seventeen miles southwest of Delhi, in the old ancestral house, and his parents live in Singapore, having moved there when he was six years old. After working on his project during the week in Delhi, he goes to Navgarh on the weekends because for him the ancient mansion was a store house of his precious boyhood memories, his make believe games.

On one such weekend, he discovers an excerpt from the journal of an anonymous British soldier, and shows it to Dr Raghavan, his senior in the art department of the University of Delhi, who dismisses it. When he broaches it with his grandmother, she says there was a rumour of one of the daughters of the king eloping with an Englishman. Shiv decides to explore on his own and get to the bottom of it.

What does he unearth: Back in the 1850s, Meera, the daughter of Raja Bhanu Pratap had been trained to be the king as she was the only child. Or she could be a regent for Raja Bhanu Pratap’s nephew, Jai. There were other players to the throne of Navgarh as who ruled Navgarh, controlled the road to Delhi. Meera used to hold her own ‘court’ at the marketplace and was also friends with some girls of the cantonment. In comes Captain Smith, and then starts a small story between them.

Shiv meets Ruth Aiken, an English historian and they discuss Meera and Captain Smith, and Shiv does not want Ruth to share the information with anyone till they find something concrete.

My take:

The story moves back and forth between 1857 and 2016 taking the reader along. So many times in the book, I felt that the scenes were moving in front of me. The language is simple and the story flows smoothly.  The characters are lifelike and can be visualized easily. The story has history and romance. There is suspense, and also the feeling of becoming independent.

I felt the book could have been a little longer though there is a part two of the book. Waiting for the sequel with baited breath.

DISCLAIMER:

I received a free copy of the book from The Book Club in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.