Blind Certainly is Love by Reshma Ranjan

51fafgBn1iL._SY346_I borrowed Reshma Ranjan’s second book, Blind Certainly is Love, from the Kindle Unlimited library. This book is the story of Neha and Sumit.

The blurb:

Neha Jaiswal is beautiful and intelligent—an alluring combination—but chooses to be a recluse. What works for her is her intimidating personality that comes with her success. With no desire to get into a relationship, the strong, assertive, and hardworking Neha manages to keep the men at bay—all except one.

Sumit Conrad, a super successful businessman, is an intriguing specimen of a man. Known to the world as the good Conrad, Sumit is actually a recluse who prefers only his own company, to the exception of his brother John and sister-in-law Sarika.

When fate throws the flirt in Sumit and the furious Neha together, sparks are bound to fly.

Will Sumit be able to convince the headstrong and opinionated Neha that what he wants is a long haul and not a passing phase?

Or will the stubborn and cantankerous Neha be successful in driving him away?

Will their love make them blind to each other or to their own flaws? Will this blind love ever find its way?

The story:

Twenty eight year old Neha Jaiswal, an IT engineer, is recovering from an ill-fated accident in which she lost her vision and her fiancé. She has always kept a distance from everyone since childhood even though she had had a beautiful childhood with her loving parents. Known as the ice maiden in office, no one had ever tried flirting with her, she had a successful career going for her before the accident. Her best friend, Sarika, has dragged her all the way from her house and brought her to a cottage here on a secluded beach of Kerala for recovery.

The cottage belongs to Sumit Conrad and his brother John after the death of their parents. The day Sarika brings Neha to the cottage, her husband, John meets with an accident and she has to rush to the hospital, forgetting all about leaving a visually impaired Neha on the beach.

That is where Sumit finds her, sitting on the beach in the late evening when the tide is about to turn. He picks her up and brings her back. He introduces himself as John’s friend. A self-confirmed bachelor, Sumit had left behind flirting when he was 30, and avoids women like plague.

What starts with mutual attraction, between Sumit and Neha, ends all too soon as Neha feels that he is attracted to her because she is exactly opposite of what her nature was, an independent woman, who made men uncomfortable. Neha is worried that after her initial securities are worn out, she would be back to domineering, bossing and intimidating woman and he would lose interest in her.

Neha tells Sumit that it was meant to be a vacation romance and that it was becoming too intense for her comfort and that she has to leave. She says that she knows that she is not a docile woman to find a man, fall in love, marry him, have kids and live happily ever after. Sarika tells her not to let her ego and complexes ruin her relationship. Sumit is heartbroken. He wants to lash out, to hurt her as much as he was hurting and tells her that he would always come between her and whoever she chooses to love.

Neha confesses to Maria that she loves him and tells her that the real Neha, would wreck his life as she has been doing that to her parents with her mood swings, her frustrations and her anger. She also tells Maria that she has put her parents through hell and cannot do the same to him. Maria sympathises with her and Neha goes back.

Two and a half years later, Neha has regained her lost vision, joined her own field of work, but is not as driven. She is also a consultant to her earlier company. She is content and happy to be where she is. She cannot forget Sumit, He is everything she could ever dream of having but knows only the feel of his face. After 2 years of continuous work, at the insistence of her parents and Sarika and John, she goes on a vacation with them only to be stood up at the nth hour and has to make the trip alone with John’s friend Alex.

She talks to Alex, is even attracted to him but………….

My take:

The story is unique. The characters are realistic, well developed and their feelings have been described in details. Even the supporting characters have important roles to play in the story. I loved the relationship between Sumit and john and also that between Maria and the Conrads. Neha’s affection for MR Raajan, her ex-boss has been described well.

The language is simple and the story just flows from page to page. The scenes have been described in details. I enjoyed reading the book.

 

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The Wedding Gift by Paromita Goswami

wedding.jpgWriting novels and novellas must be easier than writing a short story, because there is no limitation of words. I, for one, find it very difficult to review short stories without giving anything away.

The Wedding Gift by Paromita Goswami is a short story by the author available on the Kindle Unlimited.

The Blurb:

What is pursuit of happiness for you?

Nirmala had lost everything, she ever had, in one go. Yet she didn’t give up and stood for herself in her own way.

Can she really find her happiness?

The story:

Nirmala was only ten when her mother died. Her father remarried and her step mother treated her like a household help. She had been taught to obey instructions since her childhood. She got married to Sameer, the youngest son in a big Bengali family, as a result of the decision of her father and his mother. On the night of their wedding, Sameer declared his love for another woman and told her that he would marry his girlfriend when he went back to his medical college in the city and that this marriage is an arrangement to keep his mother happy.

Sameer died six months later in a traffic accident and she is held responsible for all the misfortunes in the family. Her in laws have cannot send her back because they fear that they will lose their respect in the society and her parents don’t want her home. She is more of a maid than a daughter in law.

Now, Nirmala steers clear of the family rituals because of her widowhood. But she is happy, she made the choice to punish her offender, and how? Read the story to find out.

My take:

This short story is set in Bengal and talks about the taboos and restrictions a widow has to face in the society. The plot is different and I had not seen the twist coming. It actually made me see Nirmala in a different light altogether.  The character of Nirmala has been well etched. There are detailed descriptions especially of Durga Puja in the story. The story has been written in simple, easy to follow English and the editing is crisp. The author has explained the Bengali words with a glossary at the end.

A must read.

His Sunshine Girl (Sreepuram Series Book 2) by Preethi Venugopala

His (1) copy.jpgHis Sunshine Girl (Sreepuram Series Book 2) by Preethi Venugopala is the next book in the Sreepuram series. It takes off after Without You with all the previous characters and some new ones.

The blurb:

Can two damaged souls heal each other?

Shalini is dusky and has faced body shaming throughout her life because of it. She has gone through a lot in her life, including a failed marriage and divorce, and is at a crossroad when the story begins.

She arrives in Sreepuram as the live-in literary assistant to Arundhati Mukundan, an eminent author.

Dr.Vishal, Arundhati’s grandson and a paediatrician, has seen love and loss at close quarters.

When they meet in Sreepuram, it is a reunion of two childhood friends who were once inseparable.

Will their friendship help them heal?

Isn’t friendship turning into love the most beautiful thing on earth?

Would fate allow that to happen or would it play its devious role again?

This is a standalone sequel to the best seller ‘Without You’. You can read this even if you haven’t read ‘Without You.’

This story picks up from where ‘Without You’ ended.

Look out for some of your favourite characters from ‘Without You’ taking on significant roles in this story.

The story:

Arundhati Mukundan, an award winning poet and author lives in Sreepuram, a picturesque coastal village in North Kerala. She needs someone to help her with the manuscript. Her best friend from school days Parvathi suggests that she could take Shalini as her literary assistant.

Twenty seven year old, Shalini is a post graduate in English literature. She suffered from an issue of low self-esteem from childhood because of her skin colour. She had been married to Piyush when she was 25 and divorced within a year as all they wanted was her father’s money and he had a major loss a few days before her marriage. They treated her like a maid and then her mother had put her foot down and brought her home.

Shalini goes from Thrissur to Sreepuram and joins as the literary assistant to Arundhati and her job is to transcribe while Arundhati dictates. It is a win-win for both of them.

Two months later, Arundhati recives a call from her grandson, Vishal, a paediatrician, who is doing fellowship in London and Shalini picks up the phone and realises that she is listening to the voice of her best friend after fifteen years. But she does not reveal her identity to him and waits for him to recognize her.

Her and Vishal’s family had been neighbours in Puvattur, a sleepy village in Kerala, for six long years from when she was six years old. He was her best friend and Kishore, Vishal’s brother was the prankster. He was a mad 16 year old boy and she was his loyal eleven year old shadow. He had been her pillar of strength, her confidante and motivator, her protector and her best friend.

32 year old Vishal is recovering from losing his girlfriend in an accident. When he recognizes Shalini, they both like before and unknown to both of them, they fall in love. He tells her he loves her but she does not want his pity. To spite her, he gets engaged to his father’s friend’s daughter, breaks off the engagement and marries her.

And then there is a twist in the tale……….

My take:

The cover is beautiful and the story flows. The author has built up the characters well and the characters from the previous book also have major roles to play in the story. The feelings of the characters have been described in details. The story has all the ingredients: family, love, friendship, jealousy and revenge. The descriptions are detailed. I could visualize beautiful Kerala right before me.

Through the story, the author has talked about a very important issue, the skin colour. In a country like India, though we say we are developed and modern, skin colour plays a very important role.

Even though there is a connection between the two books, one can read this book as a standalone.

Without You (Sreepuram Series Book 1) by Preethi Venugopala

51pXdD0pARLI borrowed Without You (Sreepuram Series Book 1) by Preethi Venugopala from Kindle Unlimited. This is the first book of the Sreepuram series and is the story of Ananya, the only granddaughter of Arundhati Mukundan, an award winning poet and author.

The Blurb:

When Ananya, a bubbly twenty-year-old engineering student, reaches her Grandmother’s house in Sreepuram on a month long vacation, romance is the last thing on her mind. However, she meets Dr. Arjun there and falls head over heels in love.

As it often happens, the path of true love never runs smooth. Circumstances force them apart even though they were madly in love. She becomes a victim of depression. When everything fails to return her to normalcy, help arrives from an unexpected source. Will she ever find happiness again? Will time allow her heart to heal and forget Arjun? What indeed is true love? What is that strange secret that locks all the circumstances together?
Travel with Ananya to the picturesque Sreepuram, face the chaos of Bengaluru, and relish the warmth of magical Dubai in this heartwarming tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and miracles.

The story:

Twenty year old Ananya Shankar is an engineering student at Bangalore. Having grown up in an upper middle class family, she has lived all her life in Sreepuram and Bangalore. She is the only granddaughter of Arundhati Mukundan, an award winning poet and author who lives in Sreepuram, a picturesque coastal village in North Kerala. All five of Arundhati’s grandchildren love visiting Sreepuram.

Ananya comes in summer vacations and meets Dr Arjun Rajashekhar, her favourite cousin, Vishal’s best friend. Heir to Shine Empire, Arjun is a multimillionaire, and has been born and brought up in Dubai and roamed the world. He comes to India to do his graduation and post graduation from a nearby medical college. And Arjun and Vishal become best friends. And now Arjun is doing his senior residency in Cardiology and Vishal in paediatrics.

For her, it is love at first sight and to her delight, Arjun expresses his love to her and her grandmother approves of the relationship. Their life is blissful until one day, Arjun tells his mother about Ananya and she leaves no stone unturned to insult Ananya and her family. And to Ananya’s surprise, Arjun does not say anything.

She breaks off with him, comes back to Bangalore and attempts suicide. She comes out of the trauma with the help of her supportive family, her best friends, Khushi and Poornima. She completes her course and gets a job in Dubai and hopes to start a new life there.

Her new life in Dubai includes her cousin, Kishore and his wife Shreya and their little boy, Aditya; her colleagues, Tom and Lily and her job. She comes to know that Arjun also works in a hospital there and Tom and Lily leave no stone unturned to reunite the pair. But has Ananya forgiven Arjun for the betrayal?

Read on….

My take:

The cover is beautiful and so is the story. The book has been written in first person from Anaya’s point of view. The characters are well developed, realistic and their feelings have been described beautifully. I wanted Ananya to meet Arjun in Bangalore itself.

The descriptions of the places, both Sreepuram and Dubai are detailed. I could visualize beautiful Kerala right before me.

The story has all the ingredients: love, separation, friendship, supportive family and depression.

Each chapter has a quote at the beginning, there is one from Winnie the Pooh, too.

I am going to read the next book in the series next.

 

The Woman who Saw the Future by Amit Sharma

the_woman_who_saw_the_futureI received the book The Woman who Saw the Future by Amit Sharma as a review copy from the author as a part of a blog tour by the Book Club and would like to thank the author and the Book Club for the same. This story is set in Delhi.

The blurb:

Sapna Vaid has lived with a unique power for a decade; a power that turned her from a timid, wide-eyed, college-going girl into the most influential and powerful Goddess on Earth. Sapna can see the future and saves thousands of people around the world every year through her record-breaking, popular show ‘Lucky People’. The show had given Sapna’s life a meaning and gives her the courage to sleep every night, where death and blood await her in her dreams. Even though the world is at her feet, the power costs Sapna her personal life. Broken relationships and separation from her son bring her unbearable pain. Her parents and the thousands of prayers that come her way every year are her only solace, her only reason to live. When a blinding hatred leads to a desperate act of revenge, a single misuse of her great power triggers a reversal of her fortunes. Sapna begins to lose her ability to see the future.

The story:

Sapna Vaid is the second child of Prakash and Kalpana Vaid. Her brother, Vikrant, is two years older and both the siblings are very close. They are one happy family till tragedy strikes when Vikrant is in the twelfth and dies in a train accident. Kalpana stops going to work, Prakash feels that Vikrant is around him and Sapna starts writing letters to him.

Sapna joins college and meets Saahil, who is more than a friend. the Vaids are leading a simple life and one day, when Sapna is in second year of college, she starts getting nightmares. There is death, bomb blasts, earthquakes, accidents and so much more destruction in her nightmares. And one day, her nightmare becomes a reality. Initially, nobody believes her, but incidents lead to people accepting her premonitions. Then she starts dreaming of the death of 20 people everyday and wants to stay awake and not sleep. She is also able to save people she sees in her dreams and everything changes. She becomes an overnight celebrity, participates in a reality TV show, becomes a global celebrity, but at a cost.

My take:

The plot is different and the way of the presenting the story is different too. The book is divided into two parts ‘The Rise’ and ‘The Fall’. The first part talks about the journey of normal Sapna to celebrity Sapna and the second part is about how the success gets to her head. The best part of the book is that we know where the story would end but still we are intrigued as to how it all happened.

The cover is beautiful. The story is well written in simple, easy to understand language and moves between the past and the present. Though the plot is simple, it has its shares of twists and turns.

The book starts with a conversation on making a documentary on a famous person, who happens to be the mother of Aditya. He tells his grandmother that he wants the world to know about his mother but his grandmother seems a bit reluctant.

Then the story begins like a documentary with inputs from characters ranging from Sapna’s parents, friends, colleagues and even those who are dead, including Sapna, (by way of their diary entries). The person from whose point of view the story is the name of the chapter. This way the reader can understand the feelings and emotions of all the characters. It was like each chapter is an episode of a serial.

The book is a page turner from the first page and has been written from the point of view of many characters. The characters are relatable, have been developed slowly and the conversations are very realistic. The squabble between the mother and the daughter was written in a way that I could actually see it happen right in front of my eyes. The bond between the brother and sister has been depicted beautifully.

The extensive research done by the author for the book is visible as the events from the year 2001 onwards till the book ends actually took place in this duration.

The story has all the ingredients of a thriller: mystery, romance, comedy and horror which makes the book so interesting.

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

Destiny’s girl by Adite Banerjee

51iK64d2K7L.jpgI borrowed Destiny’s girl by Adite Banerjee from the Knidle Unlimited library. This book was previously published by Harlequin/Mills and Boon as “The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal”.

This book is a love story and a mystery novel rolled into one.

The blurb:

Maya has only one thing on her mind: revenge. So, when she lands an invitation to the most exclusive high society party being hosted at Dev Residency, she grabs the opportunity. After all, the host of the party is none other than KD, the man who destroyed her family.

Krish needs to find a bride and soon! A marriage arranged by his father, KD, seems imminent and that would mean throwing away the key to his freedom. One innocent tango with the enigmatic beauty, Maya, and he is hooked. Can she be the means to his freedom? Accepting his proposal of marriage will take her a step closer to her goal of revenge. But can Maya stop herself from falling in love with the enemy’s son? But then, love and revenge don’t mix!

The story:

Maya Shome, 23, is a landscape designer who lives alone in a barsati in Delhi, since she moved to Delhi from Howrah after her father, Subodh Shome, a government schoolteacher, passed away four years ago. She financed her own college education at Miranda House, through a scholarship and two part time jobs. She works as an intern in a prestigious firm and wants to make a name for herself in the landscape business. She has only one objective- to bring down the man who had tormented her father’s every living moment and made his life an eternal hell- Kamalkant Dev or KD of The Dev Group of Enterprises (DGE) – her Enemy Number One for the last thirteen years of her life.

Krish Dev, 30, is a strategic management consultant, and heir to The Dev Group of Enterprises (DGE). He cannot see eye to eye with his father and feels that KD controls and rules everybody. He wants to start his own work but his father tries to hold him back. He needs a wife who he can present to his dictatorial dad. But, she would have to sign a watertight contract first. The most significant part of the contract being keeping the marriage a secret, from everyone, even from her family and the media and would get in return, a luxurious lifestyle. Rohan Shetty is his leave-nothing-to chance-assistant.

KD, the business tycoon, a womanizer, a ruthless dictator is the chairman of DGE. On his 55th birthday, he decides to announce the marriage of his only son, Krish to Amisha, the daughter of another businessman, Mittal- an alliance that would pave the way for a friendly takeover of Mittal’s company. But, thanks to Rohan, Krish beats him to it and tells him that he is marrying Maya, surprising Maya.

KD ensures Maya is fired and Krish ensures she marries her.

The deal: A Business Proposal with clear terms and conditions. They would work together as a two-member team on the most ambitious project of its kind in the country.

My take:

A romantic mystery that is what the book is. The story is fast paced and kept me glued to the book till the very end. The story did not drag one bit. The characters have been developed very well, you can actually picturise them. I loved it when Krish would call her Mona Lisa. The language is simple and the book just flows from page to page.

And did I mention the cover, it is beautiful.

I had read the original one, but reading this I fell in love with the characters once again.

 

A Promise Togetherness Forever: Piyush and Sunaina’s Sanctum (Verma Clan Sanctum Series Book 2) by Reshma Ranjan

0eb12-apromiseI borrowed A Promise Togetherness Forever: Piyush and Sunaina’s Sanctum (Verma Clan Sanctum Series Book 2) by Reshma Ranjan from the Kindle Unlimited Library. It is the second book of the series but not a sequel to the previous one. In fact, the story in this book is at least ten years older.

The blurb:

A successful architect and a major player in a well reputed architectural firm, Piyush Mauli is sure of his life and what he wants even at a youthful age.

A budding architect, Sunaina has a promising career ahead of her. Problem is, she has lost her will to live after suffering from months of abuse.

Piyush appreciates Sunaina’s skill as an architect but has no idea of the pain and trauma she hides under layers of make-up. At work, Piyush is a hard taskmaster and hides his tender and caring side behind his aggression.

Piyush doesn’t hesitate even for a moment to become Sunaina’s savior. But can a relationship formed under such traumatic conditions last the test of time? Can their relationship ever culminate in a love with a promise of togetherness forever?
Reading A Promise, Togetherness Forever will reinstate your belief that love can heal all wounds, those inflicted on the body as well as the soul.

The story:

It is the year 2000, Verma Architecture Firm in Bangalore, founded by Raj Verma, is one of the most successful architecture firms in India and abroad. His nephews Piyush and Sujal work at the firm. Sujal Verma is a fresher and is learning the ropes.

Piyush Mauli was adopted by Mia, one of the daughters of the Verma Clan, fourteen years ago when he was twelve. Now, he is an architect in the firm. Known for his timeliness and no-nonsense, Piyush does not interfere in his employees personal lives unless it interfered with work.

Sunaina Ramachandran, a new recruit, working in the firm for last three months, is important part of the design team. She is a hardworking woman, known for her punctuality and has never missed a deadline.

One day, Piyush is surprised to see that Sunaina has not presented the work for the next day’s meeting and he goes to her cubicle to enquire. And he finds her slumped on her desk and oblivious to the world. But more than that, what he discovers are wounds, old and new, which are a result of her being raped by her stepfather. Growing up in a home where ladies are respected, Piyush takes her to a doctor and then home to his mother and aunt to rest and recover.

Sunaina has no one to take care of her. She was 2 when her father died, then her mother remarried a widower and then her mother died when she was 12 and her nightmares began. She does not want to live and plans to kill herself.

And the Verma Clan wants to protect Sunaina from herself.

My take:

The author has woven social problems into the story with characters that are realistic and relatable. All the characters of the Verma Clan have a role to play in the story.

I loved Piyush’s character and his reaction to Sunaina’s problems. It was his positive outlook and his strength that helps Sunaina. The author has described the feelings of the characters.

The Verma clan stories are interesting and pull the reader in. You can imagine how much I was pulled in reading both the books in one day itself.

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Looking forward for the next series of the Verma clan.