Saved in Sri Lanka by Devika Fernando

Saved in Sri Lanka newI received Devika Fernando’s Saved in Sri Lanka as a review copy from the Book Club Group and would like to thank the author and Rubina Ramesh for the same.

The Blurb:

Some people are destined to meet.

It sure feels that way when Sri Lankan tour guide Sepalika meets Daniel. The mysterious tourist from Ireland steals his way into her heart and makes her question everything her life is built upon. Instant attraction turns to love – but does he feel the same? And what about the secret she’s hiding from him?

Follow the two on their quest for a happy ending amid the beauty and wonders of the tropical island paradise of Sri Lanka.

The story:

Sepalika is a tour guide for Coconut Tours in Sri Lanka. Six years ago, she was studying for her Bachelor degree in Tourism and Hospitality in London and felt more at home there, until a bad news from home brought her back to Sri Lanka. History is one of bigger interests and she loves her job.

On one of such tours, she comes across an Irishman, Daniel Byrne, who is aloof and does not respond to her smiles as other tourists and this intrigues her. So much so, that she goes out of the way to talk to him, which is not her nature. He is a history professor. The become friends and she finds herself falling in love with him and he too is not immune to her.

And then there is Mahesh, always trying to manipulate her just because she was forced to get engaged to him because he needed a suitable bride to cement his status in the society and she had no choice.

My take:

The cover is beautiful and the story is simple and sweet. I loved the name, Sepailka, a very unique name. The characters are very realistic and relatable. The language is simple and she has described the scenes so beautifully that I felt that I was one of the tourists mesmerized by Sepalika on her tours. Travelling from Colombo Museum to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and then to Kandy. She has also described the Temple of Dambulla, many Buddha statues, National park among others. The name of the chapters are a hint about the place that would be described in the chapter and the author has also described the history of all the monuments as the tour moves making it all the more interesting.

I have always wanted to go there on a holiday and believe me, whenever I go there, I would take this book with me to help me.

Highly recommended and more so if you plan to visit Sri Lanka or are in love with this beautiful island.

Book Source: Author and The Book Club Group.

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