In the Chateau for Christmas by Rebecca Winters

scan0001At the chateau for Christmas by Rebecca Winters is a story of two estranged families across the Atlantic.

Maurice Valfort married Irene Holden twenty one years go after they both lost their spouses. This was not easily taken by both their families and today the families cannot see eye to eye.

The story begins with Maurice’s grandson, Nicholas comes to San Fransisco to meet Irene’s granddaughter, Laura, with the news that her grandmother passed away leaving her a legacy. He also tells her that he has brought Irene’s body with him because Maurice felt that Irene would have wanted to be laid to rest next to her husband, Richard. She is rude to him and after telling her that the lawyer who has the will would be available only for a week after which he is on Christmas vacation, Nic leaves for France.

After finishing the formalities, she reaches France only to find that the lawyer had already proceeded on leave. She gets to know Maurice and Nic and becomes aware of the truth. Her life turns upside down and to top it all, she falls for Nic, a married man whose wife is missing for three years.

My take:

I loved the characters very much, they had been developed very well. As with her other books, the story deals with the feelings of both the characters. The exchange between Maurice and Laura was very well written.

A must buy, especially for the Christmas holidays.

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Book Review: Playing with fire by Devika Fernando

playing with fire cover webI received Devika Fernando’s book, Playing with Fire from the author herself, and I would like to thank her for the same. I do not read paranormal generally, but felt that this is different. This is first book of the four book series.

Felicia works as a librarian, having left her home. Her contacts are limited to her contacts and sister; her boss at the library and her roommate, Cindy.

Seeing a house burning, Felicia is attracted by it and starts walking towards it. Part of her wants her to react as a normal human being but there is another part beyond normalcy which wants her to become one of the flames. She has a great night vision that does not need so much illumination. Joshua, a private investigator, sees her and runs to protect her only to realize that fire has had no effect on her.

Joshua tells her that he feels that she is not common or normal or boring and gifts her a book, ‘The Magic in You- How to control your healing powers’. For her to succeed at living, he tries to make her control her powers and starts giving her lessons but she feels he scares and attracts her at the same time.

Joshua and Felicia are as different as ice and fire. He’s all about ice and she’s all about fire. They are opposites and opposites attract.

My take:

The author has described the characters very well making them relatable and some of the scenes have been well depicted, making them easy to visualize. Describing their lives and their childhood, she makes the reader realize why the characters are how they are,

Overall, a book well written. Though, I must confess, I had goosebumps reading some scenes.

Book Source: Author

 

Kaleidoscope of Hopes by Devika Fernando

7548988I received Devika’s new book ‘Kaleidoscope of Hopes’ as a review copy and have to thank Devika for sending the book to me and am sorry for publishing the review so late, though, I promised myself that mine should be the first review, but when you like a book a lot, writing the review becomes difficult, because you don’t know when you go overboard and give the story away. Anyway, back to the book. Kaleidoscope of Hopes is the story of Nadia and Lucas who are neighbours and boss-employee.

The story:

Nadia, 32, lives in a rented apartment and her life is a mess. She was on a puny wage with a mountain of debts to pay back. To top it all a new boss is expected at the office and she feels she would be the next in line to lose her job. And her new boss is Lucas, her new neighbor and the father of five year old Melody, a sweet child who becomes her friend. Both of them have a secret.

My take:

I loved the book immensely and would like to thank Devika for the wonderful story. The characters have been beautifully developed and I loved Melody the most. She is such a sweet child that anyone would love to protect and love her. Nadia, a unique name in English books, is frail and beautiful. The author has done well to bring her secret out in bits and pieces. The author has done the same with Lucas’s secret also. I feel the story and the twists is the combination that has made the book a pageturner.

Book Source: Review copy from the author

A tug of War by Yashika Nayyar

tow-e1415038764480I received a review copy of ‘A Tug of War’, the debut book of Yashika Nayyar, from the author herself and would like to thank her for the same. This book is a collection of five short stories which deal with the teenagers and young adults of today.

There is one story about a nineteen year old girl who betrays her parents’ trust only to fall back upon them later. There is another story in which a lady tries to deal with her problems, another story deals with a boy who has created a false image of himself and other deals with obsession. Another story deals with an encouraging father despite his son’s failures.

An interesting debut, I must say. For a girl so young, she has dealt with such sensitive topics with a lot of maturity. After each story, she has discussed in detail the feelings mentioned in the story. The language is simple and easy to follow.

Book Source: Review copy from the author

Publisher: Sanbun

Beyond School by Chitra Anand

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Title:  Beyond School

Author: Chitra Anand
Category: Fiction

Publisher: Leadstart Publishing
Date: 2014
Price: Rs 124
Pages: 201

ISBN -10: 9383562404

ISBN-13: 978-9383562404

About The Book:

Beyond School centres upon the weeks leading up to 17-year-old Shail s final board exams, as his world becomes a pressure-cooker and the weight of preparing for the exams sends him fleeing rebelliously in the other direction. Along with Shail s journey from boyhood to manhood, Beyond School vividly weaves between the narratives of four main characters, seamlessly uniting the past and present of Shail, his parents-Urmila and Sushil and his mentor-Gladys, in a story that is honest, funny, heartbreaking and ultimately, incredibly human.

About the Author:

Chitra Anand was born in Mumbai. She is a postgraduate in Physics and holds an Education degree. Beyond School is her first novel inspired by her journey as an educator.

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Fashionably Yours by Swati Sharma

Fashionably Yours by Swati Sharma is the story of a small town girl who goes to a big city to pursue her dreams. It his debut book and one look at the cover wanted me to pick it up.

The Blurb:fashionably-yours-400x400-imaeyqgftfpfdjqq

“Maya Kapoor swaps the snowy mountains for the glittering ocean.”

Maya Kapoor arrived in Mumbai with a glamorous dream, quite literally. Maya wants to be a serious fashion writer for the high-end fashion magazine, Glamorous but luck is not in her favour. Instead, she lands a job with a local fashion magazine, Style. Maya hates everything about it but for now this is all she has. Despite all the odds, Maya is excited about living an independent, fashionable life in the city of dreams.

At twenty-five, love has eluded Maya. But when she bumps into the dashing photographer, Aryan Malik, she falls head over heels for his gorgeous smile and charming manner.

But Maya seems to be stuck in a rut – her credit card bills are sky-high, her melodramatic mother can’t stop ranting, the boss is unbearably cruel, her younger sister has decided to tie the knot, and she’s not sure if Aryan could love a simple, confused girl like her.

Will Maya get the fairytale life she dreamed about or will she let everything slip through her fingers? Read her diary and find out.

The story:

Maya Kapoor lives in Shimla with her parents and her sister, Payal. Every Sunday all the ladies of Gulmohar Street, Shimla (where Maya lives) meet with their eligible daughters for brunch and to discuss marriages, prospective grooms and various classes the girls are attending. The mothers want the daughters married eligible bachelors and make good wives and the daughters want rich husbands, but Maya is different. She dreams of working in THE fashion magazine, ‘Glamourous’ but is happy to be placed on Campus with the magazine ‘Style’, the compensation being that she can move to Mumbai. She is scared to break the news to her family as she knows her mother would never agree. However, she moves to Mumbai with her father’s support and promises to call him every day and visit him every three months.

Now, 2 years later,

Maya still writes a column for Style, has a demanding boss, is upto her neck in debts and does not have a boyfriend, she spends her weekends watching movies on DVD. Not to mention her mother. Anu is her best friend and colleague and they share their dreams with each other. Then she is given an assignment for which she has to meet photographer Aryan Malik, the most handsome man she has ever seen and she is attracted to him. There is Natasha, her boss, who is ready to demean her at every possible opportunity and is close to Aryan. To top it all, her mother calls her up from Shimla to tell her that her younger sister, Payal, is getting married.

My take:

The story is simple and fast paced. The language is easy to understand and the pace is good. It is funny and the characters are interesting. The book has been written in first person as a diary and is hilarious at times. I felt bad for Maya because she was always on the wrong side.

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

The Canterville Ghost is a short story by Oscar Wilde, one of his first stories to be published. I read the story accidentally as it was one of the stories in the book that I daughter had to read for her Class V syllabus.

It is the story of a haunted historical mansion, its ghost and its new American owners. Canterville Chase, the mansion belongs to a British Lord who sells it to an American family, the Otis family, after warning them about the ghost who resides there but the Americans do not believe in ghosts.  But as they live there, they come to realize that there is something spooky about it all but take it in their stride not giving any importance to the ghost. The daughter, Virginia, is sensitive and feels sad for the ghost.

My take:

The language and flow of the story are good and the author has covered a lot of ground in a short story. The story and funny and there were instances when I could not help but laugh out load. The author has described the feelings and emotions of the ghost making the reader like him.

I loved the story and would recommend it both adults and children alike.