Thursday 23 June 2016

BOOK REVIEW - Second Chance at Love by Ruchita Misra.

​ I am one of a big admirer for romance novels and love stories in books, and especially the ones written by various Indian authors.  The story was so intriguing that it kept me going, and every time I had to leave the book unfinished, my mind kept wandering around the characters and story in the book.

Samar and Bindiya, both the protagonists, are strangers till brought simultaneously to work. They both are sufferers of their past which continues to distress their present and perhaps their future. However, I really like the point that both have chosen different ways to deal with their past and try to move beyond it to look for happiness again.
Samar is troubled, and hides that under a facade of coldness, and absolute fortitude at work. It’s almost like he has built a wall around himself, he doesn’t let anyone get close for fear of getting hurt again.
Bindiya, on the other hand, is the absolute opposite. She too has a disturbing past, but she chooses humor as a way-out for hiding it and deals with it in a sporty, offhand manner, until some memory jars her intuitive and she’s jerked back, wallowing in compassion. Work is not her solace, unlike Samar, who finds working eases the troubled flow of memories. Work is a compulsion for Bindiya to support herself and her family.
This simple correlation, defines all human beings. No two are alike, and we all have our different ways of dealing with joy, pain, happiness, trouble, etc., forging different relationships in the process - of friendship, of love, of family, of gratitude, etc. And that’s the beauty of it all!
Second Chance at Love makes us question all that we know and traditionally believe about love and do we really get a second chance at it. Although in some instances it does get a little into Bollywood mode with its exaggerated metaphors, on the whole it stays sensitive to its primary readers and how they would react to the strong emotions of love, hope, faithfulness and joy portrayed brilliantly in story. The climax was quite interesting with twists and turns as they unfold. For that you need to read this book.

Now my Positive viewpoints:

The positives of the story are the characters which are massively likeable, and easily identifiable. Situations are very real and very life like, whether you want to be recognized for the efforts you put in at work, try to please your parents, find joy in spending time with your partner, the lust you feel for the one you love the most in this world, and countless others like that.
The passion between the two central characters is quite literally, page burning. It’s awesome how this is expressed so beautifully and in a very mature style in the book, without going over the top and moving into something like of  Mills and Boon territory.
 The author has been successful enough to connect with the readers, I loved it, and I am sure that the target audience will love this book too.

Some suggestive points:

Although the narration of the story is wonderful but at some places the story becomes stagnant. There is one thing that put me off he somewhat meandering tone in the later part of the book. A little more editing would definitely increase its appeal. Sometimes, descriptions of people and places are very exaggerated, which seemed somewhat unnecessary in this if not subtle, poignant love story.

 Final words:

Overall if asked I would say this is a good book, perfect accompaniment to your weekend pastime. Overall I would say...this is a good job done by Author (Ruchita Misra) … I would give 4.5 stars to this book.