Remember When: A Love Story Unlike any Other Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : January 24, 2019
- File Size : 908 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 250 pages
- ASIN : B07N48GB29
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #173,498 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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‘Remember When’ is a romantic novel that has an element of suspense in it that keeps readers guessing. A little more of suspense, and it could have been termed a romantic thriller, maybe.
Tara and Rupa, her best friend from college, an entrepreneur dealing in Kerala art murals bond over tea, as secrets from the past tumble out, along with the name of Manu that has never been mentioned in the home of Tara and her husband, Karthik. There is a hint of mystery that tantalizes the reader.
Tara’s first novel is all set to be published in Chennai, on the 1st of December, a long-cherished dream. Much of her childhood has been spent in Kannur. She has memories, good and bad, about that period in her life, when Manu is the luminescent star around which her life revolves. Though they are from different communities, life couldn’t have been more perfect, with Mary, Manu’s rich and widowed mother, also accepting her whole-heartedly.
However, their worlds come crashing down, when one misunderstanding pushes them apart, and Mary and Manu leave for Chennai, leaving their past behind.
Years later, fate intervenes to bring them together once again, as Tara gets stranded in the floods in Chennai, and is forced to accept Manu’s hospitality to tide over the period. Her son, Aryan, soon wins over Mary and Manu with his winsome personality.
Preethi Venugopala narrates a tale that transcends the normal love story, weaving in the Chennai floods as a backdrop. She describes the survival techniques used in the actual floods as a part of Manu’s website. The stories of the various characters that have been brought together by the floods reveal facets of their lives which sound familiar.
One secret hovers in the air, one which could wreak havoc in Tara’s life. Meanwhile, why has Karthik, Tara’s husband, not called her even once despite the fact that she and Aryan are stranded due to the floods? What is the decision that Tara has to make about her future, and how will it affect her relationships?
Preethi Venugopala keeps the reader guessing till the very end. While this is a story imbued with romance, there are elements of suspense in it that keep the reader hooked on.
As for the story, Tara, a writer who's a popular blogger comes to Chennai for her first book's launch, only to learn that the love of her life, Manu, the one that got away, was to be the moderator of the book launch. Bouts of pent up anger resurface as Manu struggles to maintain his calm and Tara, too guilty to face Manu. Nature's spell intervenes in the form of torrential downpour forcing Manu's warm heart to accommodate Tara and her five year old son, Aryan.Years of buried and a misshapen past resurfaces through Tara's and Manu's walks down the memory lane. As we travel with the book, we get introduced to a melange of characters. Striking a balance between past traumas and the present nature's wrath, the author seems to know about the knack of keeping the readers engaged by something or the other happening to every character. What I liked the most was that all the characters of the story seemed essential to the story, but some of the characters seemed kind of two dimensional.
Almost every character has a distinct voice, and the writer manages to make the readers imagine the exact turn of events as close to reality as possible. A play with past and present was neatly done without confusing the readers much.
It must be said at this juncture that handling a subject as big as a huge natural disaster that claimed so many lives and weaving a fiction around it is a veritable task and Preethi seems to have accomplished that amazingly well.
Out of contemporary fiction that's releasing in multitudes, thanks to easy KDP platform, 'Remember When' definitely stands out.