Sometimes, we start searching for something on the internet and end up somewhere else. This is what happened when I logged on to rediff.com on my phone one Friday evening and was surprised to see Preeti Shenoy’s new book, It Happens For a Reason in the books section. The first thing I did was order the book and read it as soon as I received it.
When Vipasha, Vee to friends, eighteen and single, makes the decision to have her baby, she does more than give up her promising modeling career. She ends up cutting ties with her family and with Ankush, the man she thought she was in love with. Fast-forward sixteen years and she now has two unusual careers – she runs a dog-boarding facility and is a gym instructor. Aryan thinks she is the coolest mom in the world and hopes she will one day find her Prince Charming – exactly what her best friend Suchi has in mind for her. But Vee secretly has a thing for Saurabh, the quirky vet.
Then, out of the blue, Ankush comes back into their life.
But can a decision that was taken at eighteen – more in the throes of lust than love-be the basis of a lifelong relationship? Is there a future for Ankush and Vee? Vee, Aryan and Ankush are in for the ride of their lives. No seat belts, full speed and a very bumpy road ahead
Vee or Vipasha Mishra has had a lonely childhood with her mother being a busy socialite and her father busy making money. To top it all, she is sent off to a boarding school in Kerala before she turns eight. There she meets Suchi, who bcomes her soul sister, her best friend and someone who makes her life complete. She spends her vacations with Suchi at the latter’s home in Kerala and relates to Suchi’s mother, Ammu, better than her own. During one of these vacations, she meets Ankush Bhargav, a classmate of Suchi’s cousin. She is attracted to him, falls in love, gets pregnant and decides to keep the baby much against everyone’s wishes when she is just eighteen. Again her parents leave her in a hospital in Kerala, and her mother cuts off her ties with her and Ammu comes to the rescue.
Now, sixteen years later, Vee is 34, a single mother, lives with her son, Aryan, 15, in Bangalore in her old family mansion (at her father’s suggestion) which she has converted into a boarding house for dogs, the Paw-Factor. She opens Paw Factor at Manav’s suggestion. Manav is Ankush’s friend who has managed to keep in touch with Vee even after so many years. To make ends meet, she works as an instructor in a gym. Jamu Kaku, who has been with her since Aryan was less than three years old, lives in the outhouse, helps with the dogs and is the general caretaker when she is away.
Suchi and her husband, Prakash, have always been around and have stood by her like pillars of rock and spend time with Aryan. They are always trying to suggest suitable matches for her which finds unsuitable because not one of them can hold a candle to Ankush. Suddenly, one day she finds herself attracted to Saurabh, the local vet, who is not attracted to her.
And then to top it all, she receives a phone call from Manav saying that Ankur wants to get in touch with ankus. Her whole world changes……………..
As Manav said, It happens for a reason.
I loved the story more than her other books maybe because it is the story of first love rekindled. The characters are very realistic and well developed and the author has described the relationships very well. The story is a mix of romance, drama, emotions and relationships be it mother-son, father-daughter or best friends.
Book Source: bought