I received the book Or Forever Hold Your Peace by Donna Abraham as a prize for winning the Tornado Giveaway 2 organised by The Book Club.
SMRC/27/5’4” girl, MBA/B.Tech, Project Manager, software, seeking suitable boy.
‘Sundays began with mass at 7 in the morning. Mass would get over by 8 am and Dad would spend the next hour and a half reading the newspaper, which included circling suitable advertisements in the Catholic Section of the matrimonials. Once it was 11 am, he would start dialing the numbers of those he had deemed suitable.’
Weddings can be tricky business. They can be fun, emotional, exciting, frustrating, nerve-racking, downright stressful and very unpredictable…a bit like life itself. As a young, independent, well-qualified woman based in Delhi sets off on her own journey towards a happily-ever-after, she discovers that a lot can happen between finding Mr Right and saying ‘I do’.
The protagonist of the story belongs to a Syro Malabar Roman Catholic community from Kerala settled in Delhi. The book begins with her sister getting married and her parents on the lookout for a groom for her.
She meets Aryan in office and slowly they start drifting towards each other and fall in love. But he being a Hindu and she a Christian is not acceptable to both the families and they decide to give their relationship six months, if it works out, fine, if it does not, they would stay apart. But they would not elope.
Her parents continue their search and she starts meeting prospective grooms. Two do not click and the third one does. And they start getting to know each other before finalizing the proposal.
Once finalized, they start meeting each other officially until one day…….
The book has been written in first person as a memoir. The cover is beautiful. The language and the flow are good and the story is simple. The author has described many traditions of the Syro Malabar Roman Catholic community from Kerala. The author has not mentioned the name of the protagonist even once.
I felt the end was abrupt but hope that this book will have a sequel.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.