GENRE: Fiction - Romance
NUMBER OF PAGES: 170
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review Copy from Sumeetha Manikandan (one of the writers) in exchange for an honest review. Thanks a lot!
Love, Again is a double header book featuring two stories, both focusing on giving love a second chance.
The first story, These Lines of Mehendi is by Sumeetha Manikandan. The protagonist, Lalitha is a beautician who is separated from her husband and eventually becomes a widow. Her parlor business takes a major hit when she is widowed. To revive her dying business, Lalitha has to marry again. Along comes Shrikanth who is forced to marry thanks to his ailing mother’s ultimatum. Shrikanth and Lalitha agree to a matrimonial union as it nothing but a marriage of convenience. Eventually, they both find each other and give a second shot at love.
Sumeetha has done immense justice to Lalitha’s characterization and her struggle as a widow. Losing a husband as such is no easy, but being taunted and tormented by the society for that is appalling. The writing was crisp and fluidic delivering all intended emotions precisely. The story had enough twists and turns to keep the readers hooked.
The second story, A Tulip in the desert by Shrruti has an interesting supernatural element to it. The protagonist, Charmaine, is a student of history. She is unnaturally drawn towards Egyptian history and has psychometric visions. Raj, a fellow student storms into her life and also has these psychometric visions related to Egyptian history. They head to Egypt for a trip from their college only to get lost into the story of Cleopatra.
This story initially seemed a bit slow paced. The sequence of events simply seemed to drag on without a major interesting twist. Suddenly, the writer threw in the perfect twist in the form of Cleopatra and the Egyptian ruins, upping the momentum of the story by leaps and bounds. The supernatural twist along with its own story line kept me hooked to the book. The characterization was perfect while the writing lacked luster initially, but as the story progressed, I was totally absorbed.
MY SAY: A double whammy! Treat for romance and mystery lovers alike.
RATING: (as whole, though there are two stories)
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 2/10
OVERALL RATING: 9/10
BOOK LINKS: Amazon, Goodreads