I picked up Truly, Madly, Crazily in love by Esha Pandey from the Kindle Unlimited Library, and just could not keep it down.
What happens when you can’t let your first love go? What happens when you keep hoping that the one that got away, will be yours again…forever?
Sue is short, vivacious and dreamy. Viv is tall, spirited and focussed. Dressed to the nines on School Social, she bewitches him. He kisses her. She kisses him back. They fall in love. But the kiss that should have sealed their love, becomes their undoing.
Sue is truly, madly and crazily in love with him. There is no one like Viv. She pines for him, but he can’t be hers. Days go by and she is still head over heels in love with him.
When she finally lets him go and is ready to start over, he walks into her life again.
Hearts are broken. Promises are shattered. Lives are wrecked. Love is tested.
In a tale transcending time, Sue and Viv weave a story of love like none other. Will hope, trust and love win the test of time? From Lucknow, to Delhi to London, will Sue finally have her happily ever after? Read this sweet romance to find out.
Sukriti lives with her parents and elder brother and studies in class 12. She has taken Science at the behest of her parents, with the decision that she would pursue her graduation in English Literature. She is the class monitor and has been assigned the duty of making the new boy in the class, Vaibhav, feel comfortable. Vaibhav has just moved to Lucknow with his mother and younger brother after his father was martyred. He is a brilliant student and aims to get into the prestigious IIT. Meeting each other everyday in school, they are attracted to each other, and Vaibhav decides to propose to her on that day and also decides that whatever she said, he would not let that affect their friendship. But things happen and they are not on speaking terms when they appear for their exams and also when the results are declared. They meet at a farewell party, decide to continue as friends and take admissions in Delhi but Sukriti avoids him there too.
Delhi, ten years later
Sukriti, now Sue, submits her PhD thesis on her 28th birthday and her current boyfriend, Ramiz Rizvi, whom she had met during her adhoc tenure as a teacher, plans to propose marriage to her.
And the next morning, she receives a call from Vaibhav, now Viv, asking her to meet him for dinner. And she meets him and realises that she still has feelings for him.
Does Viv propose? Read the book to find out.
Set in Lucknow, Delhi and London, this love story made me smile, laugh and cry. Sometimes I felt one emotion and sometimes all of them together. She has captured the concept of first love well, especially the part of comparing everyone to the first love.
The characters are realistic and relatable. The moment the characters are introduced in the story, I got involved in the story. I loved relating to Vaibhav as Vaibhav and not Viv and Sukriti, I liked her as Sue. The author has described their feelings in detail. The conversations between the characters, Vaibhav’s diary entries and Sue’s emails to Priya, make the story very realistic.
The secondary characters, be it Arani or Sue’s various boyfriends, and even, Sue’s best friend, Priya, and their families, are equally relatable and involved in the plot.
The scenes have been described in detail and were very easy to visualise. London has been described in such a way that I could feel I was there with the characters enjoying the beauty of the city with them. The author has also mentioned Pop groups, singers, authors and quoted their works, making the story closer to reality.
The language is simple and the story is paced well. Once I started the book, I just could not keep it down, I really wanted to know what happened next. And when I would think, that the story is now moving smoothly, a twist would turn the story around.
This story of friendship, love, sibling love, sacrifices and understanding is one that I would remember for a long time to come. Highly recommended.