I borrowed Reshma Ranjan’s book Yours To Love Yours To Take: Salim And Anita’s Sanctum (Verma Clan’s Sanctum Series) from Kindle Unlimited. It the author’s fourth book and is the story of Anita and Salim. This is the first book of the Verma Clan’s Sanctum Series.
As if losing her parents and her voice in a childhood accident wasn’t cruel enough, Anita Batra now has to come to terms with her twin’s death and help her sister’s partner get a new lease of life.
Adopted by the Verma Clan after his parents died in an accident, Dr. Salim Verma finally finds love and a chance to be happy only to lose it in an accident he himself survives.
When fate strikes a final blow and brings two strangers together, Salim can’t help but punish Anita and make her tread through the hell he himself was in, while all Anita wants is to help her sister’s partner start afresh, no matter what the cost.
Will Salim ever be able to ignore Anita’s resemblance to his dead girlfriend and fall in love with her instead? Will Anita be able to reveal the real Salim hiding behind the monster? Will they be able to embrace their tumultuous attraction for each other despite their terrible start?
Yours To Love Yours To Take is a heartwarming saga of love and sacrifice that will reinstate your belief that love conquers all.
Anita Batra lives in Shimla and has a clerical job in a school. Having lost her parents in an accident when she was twelve, the only family she had in the world was her twin sister, Ananya, their guardian, Surendra and his housekeeper, Aayi. The accident had left her scarred for life and she has not been able to speak since then. Surendra had adopted the girls and helped them have a good education as well. Surendra and Anit had managed a great friendship with each other, she was a good listener and he had learnt the sign language to understand her. Ananya was the life of the house and Anita, the calmness.
One day, Anita is shocked to receive the news that Ananya had been killed in an accident on the way to Shimla. Surendra and Aayi give her solace. Anita is surprised to know that Ananya was travelling with Dr Salim Verma, someone she had no clue of though the sisters shared everything, to Shimla to meet her.
Dr Salim Verma, a renowned neuro surgeon in Bangalore was adopted by Dia Verma when he lost his parents in a train accident. Salim did not believe in relationships but Ananya was different. Losing her and finding her identical twin alive, he decides to torture Anita by marrying her and making her feel guilty that she was alive while her twin was not.
Anita is selfless and agrees to marry him, much to Surendra and Milind’s, Salim’s cousin, shock. She feels that this the least she could do for Ananya and Salim as she feels maybe this would help him recover from Ananya’s death and once she accomplishes that, she would come back to Shimla.
The story has been written in simple English and moves back and forth between the past and the present. The story is set in Bangalore and Shimla. The author has woven the characters so well that I hated Salim and wanted that either Milind or Surendra stakes his claim on Anita. Anita’s character is strong and well crafted. She can make herself understood even while using sign language and does not lose heart even in the worst of circumstances. She even takes Salim’s insults in her stride. I wish we were so patient. I loved Surendra’s and Milind’s characters. The relationships between the characters have been beautifully portrayed.
The book has many ingredients: friendship, love, platonic relationship, sibling love, family values, drama, tragedy and revenge.
This the first book of the Verma Clan and the reader is introduced to a few members in this book and I am sure that more members would follow in the subsequent books. I am waiting for the next book in the series.