I received the book About that Summer by Sudha Nair as a review copy from the author and am thankful to her for the same.it is the third book in the Menon Women series, but can be read as a standalone too. This story is also set in Bangalore.
A sweet and spicy summer story sure to put a smile on your face…
Meet Ria – All of 20, a mature, strong, independent young woman. Neha’s daughter, now all grown up from the little girl in pigtails, we met in The Wedding Tamasha & Priyamvada and Co. She’s looking forward to an uneventful, lazy summer back home from college – but will her wish come true?
Sid is recovering from a nasty break-up. He wants to get away from all the negativity back home, and decides a family vacation is just what he needs. Or is it?
Then, of course, there’s Neha – Ria’s mother. A widow, an entrepreneur, a teacher, and a mother, among other things, this gutsy fireball of an achiever is confident and ready to take on a whole lot more. Will the universe continue to conspire to keep her and Prithvi apart?
Summer sparks fly! Romance is in the air…
But will the drama of the jealous ex-lover, the scheming starlet, the backstabber, the resentful childhood friend, be too much for our quirky, yet very close-knit Menon family?
Will Ria find the storybook romance she’s been missing all of her life?
Will Sid be able to overcome the ghosts of his past, and claim the girl of his dreams?
>>>Read this fun, breezy, and light tale to find out – with lots of happy glimpses into the lives of characters from the prequels and the further unfolding of lives of the Menon sisters, Shweta and Neha.
Ria had lost her father to a massive cardiac arrest when she was thirteen. She now lives with her mother, Neha and is very close to her grandparents and her aunt, Shweta. Not to mention Prithvi, their neighbour whom she loves like she used to love her father. Prithvi had gifted her Pompom, a dog, for her thirteenth birthday and Pom is a family member too. She is studying in college at Pune and looks forward to spending her summer vacations with her mother and Prithvi.
But that is not to be. Neha has invited guests over just the day after Ria came home for summer vacations and Prithvi is busy getting his home in Kerala renovated. Neha’s guests are her school friend, Sushma, of whom Ria had never heard of and her daughter Tanya, a model who had enrolled for one of Neha’s acting workshop.
Sushma and Tanya arrive and Sidharth, Sid, Sushma’s son, accompanies them to Bangalore as he has to appear for an interview. And Ria takes an instant dislike to Tanya, because she does not like Pom and also to Sid because he looks too sure of himself.
Ria enjoys reading and watching movies as solitary activities and is happier keeping to herself. She has only one friend in college, Alisha and the girls have done their third year internship with a design firm prepare a report for their submission.
Sid works for a marketing research company in Mumbai and wants a job change. His ex-girlfriend Gayatri Gopalakrishnan, Gigi, Tanya’s best friend’s sister, left him six months ago but now wants to come back. And he does not want to go back.
Sid’s sensitive and friendly nature brings Sid and Ria close and Ria starts falling I love with him, but Tanya’s interferes with everything that concerns Sid and tells Ria that it is nothing but a holiday fling for Sid.
I loved the story and the way it has been narrated. There are two love stories in one. The characters have been developed in detail and I could actually relate to them. I loved the part when Ria would compare certain acts to the books she had read. Most of the characters had roles to play in the story be it the jealous ex-girlfriend or the other members of the Menon family. the relationships between the characters have been described beautifully, I actually loved how Ria and Prithvi got along so well with each other. The scenes have been described in detail and the conversations between the characters have been described in detail and I actually loved them. My favourite part of the book was when Ria is sitting on the stairs and crying and Sid is telling her stories.
I could go on and on, but then this would spoil the book for you.
Overall, a well written book. The language is simple and the story is fast paced and enjoyable.
Which Menon girl is next……
Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.