Grounded (The Groom Series#3) by Sundari Venkatraman

I received Grounded, the third book of the Groom Series by Sundari Venkatraman as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

Avinash isn’t too disturbed in the beginning when he’s placed in Home Quarantine the moment he touches down in Mumbai after a work trip to the UK.

It is later that a lockdown is declared due to the fast spreading pandemic. The highly successful investment banker is shaken to the core as he spends day after day all by himself as he’s grounded. His successful career doesn’t seem to hold any value to him anymore.
Into his life walks in Vaishali, a motivational speaker with a positive turn of mind. She doesn’t just save him from a daily diet of Maggi and boiled eggs, but also from his morbid thoughts.

It’s not long before he falls in love with his saviour and is keen to make her his life partner.
But what about Vaishali? Is she the marrying kind? Read the final book in The Groom Series Trilogy to find out if Avinash will be able to persuade Vaishali to spend her future with him.

The story:

Vaishali Yadav is a motivational speaker. The youngest of three sisters, Vaishali has her own reasons for not getting married. Keeping her business in mind, Vaishali, moved to Mumbai six months ago and stays in her brother-in-law’s flat because of the demands of her career. And then, she is stuck in the lockdown with nowhere to go. But, being the positive person that she is, she agrees to help out an elderly lady living alone, with her daily meals.

Unknown to Vaishali, the flat next door has an occupant, Avinash Lohia, an investment banker and Goldman Sach’s, who has been home quarantined after he comes back from his official trip to the UK. Unlike Vaishali, Avinash is not prepared for the same.

My take:

This book rotates around the Covid pandemic, the lockdown and how all that had an impact on our lives. It talks about how we as individuals reacted to the situations of the pandemic and how we carried on.

Though this is the third book of the series, it can be read as a standalone, but as the characters from the previous book are mentioned, this book will be enjoyed more if we get to know the other Yadav sisters as well and how close knit the family is.

The characters are realistic and their emotions have been described in detail. I loved how Vaishali’s family supported her when she needed them and how they interacted with each other. I loved Vaishali’s positive attitude and Avinash’s openness to learn more.

The language is simple and the story is fast paced and the twists and turns make the story unputdownable.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free e-book from the author in exchage for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

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