The last love letter by Kulpreet Yadav

51nx2Rh57KL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_I received the book The last love letter by Kulpreet Yadav as a review copy from the publisher, Rupa Publications and would like to thank them for the same.

The blurb:

CAN YOU FORGET YOUR TRUE LOVE?

Akash is devastated when his wife Nisha dies of cancer, leaving him all alone to raise their four year- old daughter, Sara. He finds it impossible to deal with the void in his life, and coping with the demands of being a single parent makes the situation worse. The crisis affects his professional life as well, which, too, takes an unexpected turn.

Subah is a painter who started hating men ever since she was dumped by her boyfriend for another woman. She runs an NGO that helps women whose lives have been ruined by abusive men.

When Akash meets Subah their lives change forever, but Akash is ridden with guilt as he finds himself getting closer to Subah. Can he be in love with two women at the same time? The Last Love Letter explores the contours of broken relationships and the meaning of commitment in modern India. The book discovers that love is neither about control nor surrender but a blessing that can only be experienced by listening to the heart.

The story:

Aakash lost his wife, Nisha, to cancer one year ago and is holding on to her memories and last letter she wrote to him. He is a good father and takes care of his daughter, five year old, Sara. But, Nisha’s death has taken a toll on his work, he is unable to concentrate on his work. His book, Mr Raichand, gives him a six months paid leave to take care of himself and Sara and come back rejuvenated.

Subah is a painter, who also runs an NGO for women, does not like men due to her personal experiences. It is at one of her exhibitions that Aakash visits with Sara on their way to breakfast, that she meets Aakash. She does not like him and he thinks that she is crazy.

As luck would have it, Aakash’s best friend Rohit suggests that Aakash try his hand at doing some work related to his field on line. As luck would have it, Subah is his first client. And slowly things start moving in the right direction.

But Aakash is still attached to Nisha and Subah hates men.

My take:

The cover is beautiful and an instant pick me up. And the characters, they are beautiful too. Their names are so appropriate, Nisha, the night and Subah, the morning. And Sara makes the whole story seem so real. I loved the book and the way the author has developed the realistic characters and portrayed their feelings. The secondary characters also have important parts to play in the story.

The author has developed the story slowly, and by the time the I was on the 50th page, I was hooked to the story. There is love, friendship, trust and romance in the story.

The relationships between the characters have been portrayed well. I loved the relationship Aakash and Rohit share also that between Aakash and Sara and that between Aakash and his mother. The relationship between Subah and Bala has been depicted beautifully.

The story touched me deeply and I was thinking about it for a long time after I kept the book down.

Highly recommended, please keep a box of tissues handy.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

Spotlight: Man Friday by Sundari Venkatraman

 

Print Length: 161 pages
Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published) 
Publication Date: May 24, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Available on Kindle Unlimited
Genre: Romance
 
Rituraj realises he’s in love with the Gaekwad princess, Sitara Devi. The timing is slightly wrong though. Just ten minutes ago Sitara Devi married Harishchandra Gajanan. All of seventeen and nursing a badly bruised heart, Rituraj takes up boxing, hoping to build his strength and heal his wounded soul.
 
When destiny gives them a second chance, hope springs in his heart.
 
Rituraj grabs the opportunity of becoming Sitara’s bodyguard-cum-assistant. He’s the only man in her life but he’s just her Man Friday. Since his father was merely an employee of Sitara’s father, will he even be considered as a prospective life partner for the Gaekwad princess? 
 
Sitara, and Rituraj are crazily attracted to each other, yet they are unable to move forward. So where is the hitch? Why the fear in taking the relationship to the next level?
 
Class Barriers! Debauchery! Sexual Perversion!
 
It looks like ‘Ne’er the twain shall meet’. 
 
Read the book to find out if Sitara eventually gets together with her Man Friday.  
It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR


Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 43 titles (39 books & 4 collections) to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.
 
Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. 
 
Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. 
 
Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

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The Clockmaker by Paromita Goswami

The-Clockmaker-copy-for-webI received the book, The Clockmaker by Paromita Goswami as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same. Having read the prequel to the book, I was curious to know what would happen in this one.

The blurb:

Can you change destiny? What if you can?

Ashish, a passionate clockmaker is frustrated with his life – financial insecurity, his ongoing nightmares and his family, wife Lata and son Vicky, are driving him crazy.

Lata is having a tough time in life with her arch-rival, Rashmi. Vicky wants to be a biker than rather join the family legacy of the clockmaker. He also has a crush on Kavya who is more interested in supporting her family than romancing around.

Lately, Ashish starts hallucinating things. The black hooded man, who traumatizes him in the nightmares, warns him of dire consequences if he doesn’t return the timepiece that was given to Ashish by his father at his deathbed. Burdened with despair, Ashish wishes he could change his destiny and end all his miseries. By sheer chance, he discovers the power of the timepiece. Ashish was still figuring out what to do with it when an incident shatters his life completely. Without second thoughts he uses the power of the timepiece to change his destiny. But, can he really change it?

Amid the chaos of the busy by-lanes of the East Delhi unfolds a paranormal, supernatural, Indian drama that will leave you thrilled.

The Jungle Series – Get ready to be assaulted!

The story:

The year is 2017. Ashish Raj Gupta lives with his wife of 24 years, Lata and son, Vicky in Laxmi Nagar, East Delhi. He is a fourth-generation clockmaker. His wife belongs to an affluent family and his father-in-law takes care of her and his grandson’s expenses, a fact that Ashish is not aware of. And to top it all, Ashish’s nightmare does not let him sleep at night. And he hallucinates about the person who torments him in his nightmares, a tall person who wears a dark hoodie who asks Ashish to give him his clock back, else he would have to bear the consequences. And the clock is a timepiece, a part of his father’s, grandfather’s and great grandfather’s pictures, which was gifted to Ashish by his dying father.

He remembers keeping the timepiece securely and searches for it. And as he is studying the timepiece, he realises the power of the timepiece.

So what does Ashish do? Return the timepiece to the man in the cloak or keep it in his custory?

My take:

This is the first book in the Jungle Series written in a simple language with twists and turns which keeps the reader glued till the story comes to a close. The prologue, set in 1948 in Alwar, which the author had published as a short story ‘timepiece’ sets the scene for the story.

Though there are not many characters in the story, each of them is developed in detail and could be easily visualised. The scenes are described in detail and the book becomes unputdownable as we move further.

The end left me wanting for more. Maybe, the author would touch upon this in the next book.

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.

His Captive Bride by M V Kasi

51oVQMCYmuL.jpgHis Captive Bride is M V Kasi’s latest book available on kindle Unlimited. This book is a short, standalone romance.

The blurb:

She thinks he is arrogant, unfeeling and heartless.

He thinks she is beautiful, reckless and rebellious.

Sparks fly when they are together.

His marriage is arranged with her sister. But when circumstances change, he holds her captive, demanding that she marry him instead.

Will she give in to his demands?

HIS CAPTIVE BRIDE is a short, passionate standalone romance.

The story:

Lavanya Mahasena, Anya, and Sunanda Mahasena, Nandu are sisters and opposites. While Anya’s life is closely monitored and comes with a lot of responsibilities and she ensures that she takes those responsibilities seriously, Nandu broke free of the restrictions that came with being a royal and leads her life as close to reality as possible.

But Anya does the unexpected, she decides to run away from her impending wedding to Prithviraj, one month before the wedding. And then she receives a lunch invitation from Prithviraj Shaurya himself, and she cannot say no to the man she hated the most in the entire world.

And then he tells her the reason as to why he had called her there- To ask her to be his bride at the wedding ceremony as she was the one who helped Anya escape. When she refuses, he takes her captive.

My take:

Though the story is short, the author has developed the characters in detail. The story is fast paced and the book can be finished in one sitting. The chemistry between the characters is …

Will there be Anya’s story too.

The Clockmaker by Paromita Goswami

The-Clockmaker-copy-for-webI received the book, The Clockmaker by Paromita Goswami as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same. Having read the prequel to the book, I was curious to know what would happen in this one.

The blurb:

Can you change destiny? What if you can?

Ashish, a passionate clockmaker is frustrated with his life – financial insecurity, his ongoing nightmares and his family, wife Lata and son Vicky, are driving him crazy.

Lata is having a tough time in life with her arch-rival, Rashmi. Vicky wants to be a biker than rather join the family legacy of the clockmaker. He also has a crush on Kavya who is more interested in supporting her family than romancing around.

Lately, Ashish starts hallucinating things. The black hooded man, who traumatizes him in the nightmares, warns him of dire consequences if he doesn’t return the timepiece that was given to Ashish by his father at his deathbed. Burdened with despair, Ashish wishes he could change his destiny and end all his miseries. By sheer chance, he discovers the power of the timepiece. Ashish was still figuring out what to do with it when an incident shatters his life completely. Without second thoughts he uses the power of the timepiece to change his destiny. But, can he really change it?

Amid the chaos of the busy by-lanes of the East Delhi unfolds a paranormal, supernatural, Indian drama that will leave you thrilled.

The Jungle Series – Get ready to be assaulted!

The story:

The year is 2017. Ashish Raj Gupta lives with his wife of 24 years, Lata and son, Vicky in Laxmi Nagar, East Delhi. He is a fourth-generation clockmaker. His wife belongs to an affluent family and his father-in-law takes care of her and his grandson’s expenses, a fact that Ashish is not aware of. And to top it all, Ashish’s nightmare does not let him sleep at night. And he hallucinates about the person who torments him in his nightmares, a tall person who wears a dark hoodie who asks Ashish to give him his clock back, else he would have to bear the consequences. And the clock is a timepiece, a part of his father’s, grandfather’s and great grandfather’s pictures, which was gifted to Ashish by his dying father.

He remembers keeping the timepiece securely and searches for it. And as he is studying the timepiece, he realises the power of the timepiece.

So what does Ashish do? Return the timepiece to the man in the cloak or keep it in his custory?

My take:

This is the first book in the Jungle Series written in a simple language with twists and turns which keeps the reader glued till the story comes to a close. The prologue, set in 1948 in Alwar, which the author had published as a short story ‘timepiece’ sets the scene for the story.

Though there are not many characters in the story, each of them is developed in detail and could be easily visualised. The scenes are described in detail and the book becomes unputdownable as we move further.

The end left me wanting for more. Maybe, the author would touch upon this in the next book.

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.

Skill Builder Maths Level 1 by Sonia Mehta

51qKl-IPsOL._SX419_BO1,204,203,200_I received the book Skill Builder maths 1 as a review copy from the publisher and am thankful to them for the same. This book is the first in the series of four books and is meant for 6 year olds.

About the series:

With over 50 activities in each book, The Maths Skill Builders series aims to foster in children the subject skills and twenty-first century skills that are essential for success. These books enable the acquisition of numerical, logical and thinking skills, with kids learning and practicing key skills through play.

The books are broadly aligned to children’s learning levels at school and available at four different levels of complexity, so you can choose the level that best suits your child’s learning stage. The most striking about this series is – Children learn while playing, with skills being practiced through fun activities.

About the book:

This book contains mathematics activities, puzzles and problems to help young learners practise basic arithmetic and hone their logic, reasoning, creative and critical thinking skills. Through fun and challenging scenarios, your child will learn and master mathematics skills that are also applicable in a wide range of everyday contexts. Level 1 is suitable for children aged 6+.

My take:

This book is the first in the series and is meant for children who are 6 years and older. The main focus of the book is on basics of mathematical operations ie addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

The author has used puzzles, games and other activities, this book is an interesting way for the child to revise his/ her concepts.

A must read book for all to revise maths the fun way.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

On Sets by Reshma Ranjan

513hRspa7yLI received the book On Sets by Reshma Ranjan as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

Samar Kumar Singh Mewar, an actor par excellence, handpicks his roles for Bollywood and Hollywood alike. Basking in the glory of his success and juggling a busy schedule, the last thing he is looking for is a relationship.

Sona Vishisht, an actor for the Indian Television, with two successful shows in her kitty. Sweetheart of the small screen, with more work than she can handle, the last thing on her mind is a relationship.

With only a day of shooting together Samar wants to work with Sona again. An unexpected opportunity comes not from India but a project from Hollywood. They are paired as a young, newly married couple in the multicultural series called American Dreams.
Will their sizzling on-screen chemistry be as potent off-screen? Will their ambitions stand in the way of love? Is there a chance a relationship could brew between these two actors? Do they even have time for love or is it only on sets?

Will these young stars understand true love? Does the universe plan to keep them together or does destiny have other plans?

Read ‘On Sets’ to know the story of Samar Kumar Singh Mewar and Sona Vishisht .

The story:

Samar Kumar Singh Mewar, Sam, is in India to shoot a series for his college friend, Seema, and it is on the sets that he meets Sona Vishisht. And he is attracted to her. He does not know about her feelings.

So when an opportunity comes for him to work in a series in USA, he suggests her name and they are paired opposite each other in the series.

My take:

I loved the book and the characters so much that I just could not put down the book before finishing it. The story just flows and I was pulled into the story along with the characters, which are realistic and relatable. I loved the way the author has described the relationship that Samar shares with his friends and also Sona’s professionalism.

The language is simple and the story is crisp. I felt for the characters and the twist at the end was something that left me wanting…..

DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.