Mistress of Honour by Bhaavna Arora

25744174I received Mistress of Honour by Bhaavna Arora from the author as a prize for winning the Tornado Giveaway II. I would like to thank her as well as the Book Club for the book.

The Blurb:

A tale about passionate love and finding your soulmate . . . only to realize you will always come a close second
When Potnis, a captain in the Indian Army, meets Pansy during Operation Blue Star, he knows he has found the love of his life. Their passionate romance leads them to the altar and blossoms into a beautiful child, Rihana.
History repeats itself when Advik, a wayward boy from a broken family, catapults into Rihana’s heart as smoothly as he conquers the skies as an Indian Air Force pilot. What follows is a night of unabashed love, transporting the couple to heavenly bliss. Where will their unbridled love lead them? Will Rihana remain a mistress to Advik, for whom the love for his country comes first, or will she be able to make a place in his heart that is second to none? This heartbreaking saga of love, courage and sacrifice will leave you asking for more.

The Story:

Two love stories in one book…..

Potnis, the son of an Army officer, meets Parminder Kaur Sodhi, Pansy, an Anglo Indian girl during Operation Blue Star at the Golden Temple when both her parents are killed. Both of them are on different sides, she feels he is to blame for their death and he feels he was protecting his country. They meet again in different circumstances and get married. They have a daughter, Rihana.  Because of Potnis’s nature of job, Pansy and Rihana keep moving from the place of posting to his paternal home. And then the family decides that Rihana should stay with her grandmother so that her studies are not compromised.

It is here that Rihana meets Advik, the son of an Air Force Officer and Kabir’s friend. Kabir is the boy whom Shamsher, Potnis’ colleague had taken under his wing, Kabir is like a brother to Rihana and the three become good friends. After school, Kabir and Advik join the NDA and become fighter pilots.

What happens to Rihana and Advik???

My take:

The book gives an account of the life of the soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces and their families and the sacrifices they go through while protecting the country and its citizens. The tension that the family members of the soldiers go through has also been depicted in the book. The author’s extensive research is reflected in the book. The story covers many army operations spanning over two decades like Operation Blue Star, Civil War in Sri Lanka, ULFA operation in Assam, Kargil war etc.

The characters have been developed very well and each character has a very important part to play in the story be it the parents of Potnis or his daughter. Even Advik’s father who has a minor role to play, is important. The female characters of Pansy, her mother-in-law and Rihana reflect strength. The friendship and bond between Potnis and Shamsher has been portrayed very well. The relation that Shamsher shares with Kabir deserves a special mention. Potnis and Rihana share a special father-daughter relationship.

The language is simple and the flow is good. The pace is steady and the narration kept me glued till the end. The story has all the elements: love, passion, dreams, sacrifice, patriotism, friendship and drama.


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