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The Runaway Bridegroom by Sundari Venkatraman
The runaway bridegroom by Sundari Venkatraman has an intriguing title and an equally intriguing theme – child marriage – which even in this day and age is, sadly, a socially relevant issue in India.
I liked the beginning that Sundari has etched. The plight of the girl is gut wrenching without overt emphasis on description. I was pulled in by the revulsion I felt for the situation. Chanda is the victim of a social evil and her counterpart doesn’t escape the brunt of the situation either.
As I read on, I found the theme of the book becoming buried in subplots and secondary characters which, due to the short length of the work, one couldn’t find so relatable.
Sundari’s descriptions are vivid and the story doesn’t pause anywhere. She takes up right into the minds of people very set in their beliefs – for example, a detective basing his investigation on astrological predictions. However, the satire due here was missing. The one thing I couldn’t get over was that the culprits, the parents who instigate such evils, escape unscathed and in fact are upheld as understanding and supportive even. The characters don’t take a leap against the society norms for their love. Maybe my expectation of the story was different. I mean, the author does say she writes only to entertain. But I kept expecting a stand on this issue which is so relevant to Indian society. I was disappointed that I didn’t find it.
I give this book three stars.
Read it for Indian setting and a light read that makes no statements.
I was given a copy of the book in return for an honest, unbiased review.
Trouble Has A New Name is the second Harlequin offering from Adite Banerjie. I was looking forward to reading Adite’s second book and she didn’t disappoint.
The author has put her own spin on the fake engagement trope well loved by romance readers all over the world. Rayna is your quintessential fall guy heroine who has sworn off men because of an affair gone sour but still falls despite herself for the hot hotelier Neel. Neel is handsome and successful but has his own share of problems weighing him down. With a gorgeous setting like the Andaman islands and the big fat Indian wedding going on in the background, a roller coaster of events starts to unfold. In the midst of them, Rayna and Neel’s romance touchingly takes shape. I found myself wanting to know the resolution of their troubles.
The multiple characters seem to take over at certain places and blur the focus on central romance. But deft writing on the part of the author manages to bring the spotlight back.
Overall an enjoyable and fun read in a colourful setting. Looking forward to more from Adite Banerjie.
I rate this book five stars for the easy, flip-through reading it made.
This review is part of the blog tour hosted by The Book Club Tours
The Tornado giveaway is going on with full force. Today I’m spotlighting Sumeetha Manikandan, Indireads author. Sumeetha was with us some time ago and here’s her interview where you can learn more about her and her writing.
Very little has gone right in Nithya’s young life. So, when a proposal from a young, handsome NRI comes along, her mother jumps at the opportunity and packs her daughter off to the US with her perfect groom.
Nithya seems to have settled in with Ashok, ostensibly happy, if as yet childless, in her new life. When an old flame comes back into her life, however, the cracks in her perfect marriage begin to show…
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Sumeetha Manikandan, a freelance content writer is an English literature graduate with a journalism and mass communication diploma. She lives in Chennai with her husband and daughter.
After a decade long career in dotcom industry, she started working as a content writer from home. She wrote her debut novel, ‘The Perfect Groom’ as a script for a serial, which she converted into a novella for Indireads.