Thursday, February 13, 2014

Review: Soulmates, By Chance by Heenashree Khandelwal

Some stories are born out of vivid imagination, some out of though process and some out of curiosity. Most of them work but some of them don't. Author Heenashree Khandelwal in her debut book "Soulmates, By Chance" chances upon writing a love story with a difference. So is there any difference as such? Let's find out. 

She is romantically challenged.He is romantically experienced.She is the queen of the dawn.He is the bastard of the dusk.They are bonded by lawby seven promises.His vile manners frighten her.His dreadful past scares her.
What will he do to get her back? Will he follow the path of redemption? Will he be loved? Will he discover the reason behind his labyrinth?
This summer enjoy the passion of love uncover the secrets of marriage.dare to fall in love.

First look at the title and the cover and it bleeds love and romance. A catchy title and a beautiful cover image sets up the stage for another romantic saga in the making. The blurb talks in question and phrases and leaves the readers to do the guesswork about the story. It's a good cover up for the story. 

The story revolves around Rakshit a brash filthy rich lad who has gone on to settle in New York leaving behind India and working in a consultancy with his friend cum partner Varun. Life has become montonous for him but a sudden offer to go back to his motherland to negotiate a deal wide opens some wounds of the past. The dread of going back there and the reluctance eventually turns into a journey of a lifetime. So what awaits the young lad? Will he ever grow up? What role will his past play in the present and the future? What will Avani Desai do to him? That's what the story is all about. 

It's not mere magic to produce romance books with spice. There is spice in the story and the pace at which it runs is breath taking at times. The action never settling down leaves us wondering as to whether it's a romance novel or a romantic thriller. The mystery element has been inculcated in order to spice up things more for the readers. The guess work is on till the end to remove the lid from the suspense which is exciting. 
The end has been done tastefully and a joy for fiction fans and a bit unexpected. 

There are few mistakes in the book.  The events in the middle are a bit over imaginative and drags the book unnecessarily. The gripping factor could have been tightened up a bit more. 

Overall the book is a difference maker. It's not the narration but it's the fun element in the story line which makes it interesting. Though some part of it is lost but it covers up it's tracks well towards the end. The book is not a die hard romance novel but an entertainer of sorts with action, melodrama and nastiness and reluctance. 


3 OUT OF 5

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