Losing his wife to breast cancer has left Arjun Kapoor a broken man. He vows to never risk his heart again. Until the day Vihana Luthra turns up on his doorstep. Vivacious, optimistic and bursting with life, she believes in taking each day as it comes. Unwilling to love but unable to resist the force of nature that is Vihana, Arjun finds himself drawn into the manic chaos that is her life. And he starts to believe again; in hope, in dreams, in love…But Vihana has a secret…one with devastating consequences. Will they be able to survive it or will it tear them apart?
Price: 99 INR/$2.99
My Ratings: 4.7/5
A romance story which makes you happy,sad and even laugh out loud. If you’re sucker for cutesy, mushy, opposites attract romance stories, this is a must read. Other than the obvious ‘love in the air’ vibe, what makes this book a great read are the ample funny and chuckle worthy one-liners and moments.
What I liked about the book:
—> That it talks from both the lead character’s PoVs.
—> Vihana’s ‘breath of fresh air’ character.
—> The bonding between the three brothers.
—> The bonding between Alisha and Arjun which is so comfortable and doesn’t bring in any sort of envy from their respective partners, Vihana and Vihaan.
—> Disha’s no-nonsense attitude.
—> Vihana’s ‘all under one roof’ boutique and the way it has been described. SOMEBODY PLEASE PUT THIS BUSINESS IN BUSINESS!!! I want to visit this boutique so much.
—> The way it talks about and handles physical ailments and illnesses, and how it affects us.
—> The ample funny as well as romantic moments between Arjun and Vihana. Kudos to the author for this because both of these have been equally well written.
—> The way the women stand up for each other, right from Arjun’s mom to Vihana, Alisha and even Disha.
—> How it delivers the ‘age is just a number’ message via both the lead couples, aka Arjun and Vihana as well as Vihan and Alisha.
What I did not like about the book:
—> The ending scene which talked about the ‘more’ between Arjun and Vihana, for over two paragraphs, felt too mushy and dramatic.
—> Vihana’s family dynamic was a little confusing to keep up with (she has three brothers) and I wish we got to know more about her life before she met Arjun.
—> It was 6 AM on a Sunday morning. If someone didn’t want to see him in his boxers, they shouldn’t be ringing his doorbell.
—> Anyone who beamed at six on a Sunday morning was demented as far as he was concerned.
—> Who wore crystal studded jeans at an ungodly hour on a Sunday morning?
—> He remembered what it felt like. To laugh with his wife over dinner as they discussed work and their respective days. To watch a mindless, boring movie. To fight with a passion and fury that ended in an even more passionate reconciliation. To plan something exciting for a birthday or anniversary. He remembered what it was like. To feel. To love. To live.
—> Diet and chips are not words that should ever be used together.
—> Part of the joy and pleasure she would get out of it was in triumphing over the struggle that the journey presented her with.
—> Food had been her source of comfort from when she was a child.
—> If this was about carbs again, Vihana was going to have to rise up in defence of carbohydrates. Honestly, they were a much maligned food group.
—> Sangeets are not about the performance. They’re about love, about family and most importantly, about celebrating life.
—> “Loving someone is a risk.”
“Then why take it?”
“Because the payoff is huge”
—> Don’t let the worry of the future ruin what we could have in the present.