Second Chance at Love by Ruchita Misra

28287118.jpgThere are some books that you like and there are some that stay with you even when you have finished them. Second Chance at Love by Ruchita Misra is one book that has left me with a feel good feeling. This is the story of Bindiya and Samar set in Mumbai.

The blurb:

He’s broken. She’s beautiful.

Together, can they be whole?

Bindiya Saran is always cheerful ask anyone who knows her.

But her smiles hide a troubled past. When she is chosen to consult on a prestigious project for one of India’s largest conglomerates, she meets Samar ‘Satan’ Chauhan, the brooding mystery man no one can please. Bindiya and Samar come from different worlds, and they clash intensely. But, like the harshest of storms, unrest gives way to harmony, and much to their surprise, they find in each other the one thing neither thought they truly deserved: a second chance at love. Are Bindiya and Samar too broken to fully trust each other? Will they find the courage to reopen their hearts, forgive themselves and seek redemption in love?

Tenderly gliding from heartbreak to heartache to healing, this is a book that will speak to anyone who has ever been in love.

The story:

Twenty eight year old Bindiya Saran, Bee, an IIM Calcutta product, lives with her mother, a freelance journalist and her younger sister. She works as a business analyst at Indian Consulting (IC) and is known to be a little careless and not dependable. She is mostly crazy but her craziness is interspersed with moments of sweetness. Aditya Joshi is her best friend since childhood. Rehan is her boyfriend since IIM days. She is always smiling and nobody knows all that she hides behind that beautiful smile. She is not a quitter.

IC has a new project with Zorawar Group and Bee has been selected in the team of five that would be assisting Zorawar Group. Once she joins the team, she comes to know that other than Madhav Zorawar, his partner, Samar Chauhan would also be working with them. Samar is known to people as Satan, the hard task master, who fires people at the drop of a pin. Ten years her senior, Samar is fighting his own demons.

Samar just does not show his emotions and Bindiya, being the person she is, is always at fault. Till one day, when she decides that being the only earning member, she needs to drown herself in her work. And the transformation does not go unnoticed.

My take:

The characters are very realistic. Even the supporting characters had an important role to play in the story. The story is beautiful and the language is easy to understand and the flow is excellent. Not for once in the book did I feel that the story was being stretched or that something was being forcibly added to increase the length of the book. The scenes have been described so beautifully that they were easy to picturise.

Though it is a love story, it has been written in a way that leaves a smile on your face. I laughed, I cried, I even thought, what would come next.

The story has a prologue and an epilogue aptly named, Lost and Found.

All in all a complete story in which the author has touched all the emotions humanly possible in the right measure.

A lovely book to spend a summery weekend indoors.

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