Take 2: Romance: Second Chance At Happiness Kindle Edition
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Priya's perfect world takes a tumble when she realizes that her husband is cheating on her and when he asks for a divorce, it seems like the last nail has been struck. Confused, in denial and still hopeful of saving her world, Priya takes the help of Abhimanyu, her friend's brother but is this relationship platonic or a beginning to something new?
Can Priya take a risk at a second chance at happiness?
Take 2 is Ruchi Singh's debut novel and while I have had the pleasure of reading her short stories, I was really impressed with her first attempt at novel writing.
The blurb is interesting and had me intrigued right from the start. The cover is beautiful and eye catching.
Take 2 follows Priya's life in a crisp, unbiased and sensitive fashion. Priya represents the modern woman in India who is progressive but still a believer in the age-old traditions and ready to fight to save her marriage. Sometimes she felt like an ostrict, in denial and still clinging to the hope of bringing her husband home but then Ruchi brings her transformation to the reader and her strength while tackling with the loss of her dream world and determination to rebuild her life. In between, characters like Priya's landlady bring out the backward views that still haunt people in India and their total refusal to change with time.
Abhimanyu or Abhi was overbearing but still a character I loved. His quiet strength, his knowledge of human character and his support towards Priya helps her through the difficult period. Komal and Aditi, Priya's friends were another lovely addition to the mix. This is one book where I loved all the characters, even the villains. Each character is sketched beautifully and developed skillfully to take the story forward and make it a story with impact.
Ruchi's writing style is engaging and simple. The scene descriptions and dialogues are expertly woven together and create a mental picture. I loved the inside look on the glamour world and the sly mechanisms of human character are well portrayed. The courtroom drama was again very entertaining and had me at the edge of my seat. I felt angry with Priya's husband and people like her guardians who had forced her into marrying young, her landlady who felt a wife's role was to please her husband even when he is a lying, cheating and worthless excuse of a man and the women in her society who only thought the worse if a man visited a married woman! Such petty thinking is an ugly spot on our rich culture and heritage and needs to change.
The author admirably contrasts such backward people with progressive people like Abhi's father who beautifully corrects his wife's wayward thoughts on marriage and what the society will think if Abhi married Priya even if she was divorced!The whole marriage dialogue had me smiling, thinking that as long as people like Abhi's father are there, there is still hope of improvement. :)
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed every second of the book right from start to finish and congratulate the author on a job well done. Strongly recommended to all readers, I give Take 2 4.5 out of 5 super shiny stars and definitely look forward to reading more from Ruchi in the future.
This review is also available on my blog Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff
While physical and mental harassment causing a failed relationship is a topic that has been dealt before, her book is different for her lovely prose and her vulnerable heroine.
I usually expect dominant and confident heroes in romance. Abhimanyu was different but still managed to be captivating because of his sensitivity towards Priya. I did feel like shaking her on occasion to get some sense in her because she was so blind to her husband and his flaws but here Ruchi has stuck to the reality of the character she portrays. Her character represents women who become emotionally dependent and because of inherent mental make-up and social shackles find it difficult to end a bad marriage going worse.
The twist in the end felt a little off course but managed to hold interest and got relevant towards the end.
Read this for realistic portrayal of a traditional woman in an abusive relationship and for the very tender loving hero.
This book is truly a chance she took and I was very happy with a book full of real romance and faith. Even if it was not from the one Priya needed. Abhimanyu is her knight in shining armor and he is a true hero. Smart, successful and emotional, he is the complete package. A guy to drool over and wish for; if only we had more men like him around. He takes Priya under his wing and is her support system, her true anchor.
When she feels over whelmed he takes a step back, putting her happiness before his own. A gem of a man whose family is his support, which by the way is also very well etched by Ruchi. The parents, cousins and friends add a lot of depth to the story. I am sure Ruchi will have stories for a couple of them!
What I really enjoyed was the twist in the tale. The drama was not from the families but Abhimanyu’s office! The story gets a real life feel with the controversy, spite and plain old greed playing a big part. How the author managed to link all the people in this twist needs to be read.
I enjoyed the twists and turns, truly the path of true love is never easy. A well fleshed out book, with a lovely free flowing language. No errors that I could find glaring at me through the pages. It was indeed to cool to read a romance with substance and sound editing!
Do pick it for an uplifting read. 4 stars. * * * *
(I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange of my unbiased review.)
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