Bookish Witch

Once Bitten Twice Lucky by Sundari Venkatraman

Book blurb:

Deepshika feels as free as a bird once she decides to kick her womaniser husband out of her life. The lawyer is confident of bringing up her teenage kids with her father’s help.

Karan isn’t all that upset when his wife dumps him, leaving behind their preteen daughter for him to bring up. But the alimony she claims comes as a rude shock.

Sparks fly when the shocked husband meets the divorced, divorce lawyer. But what will happen when their respective children come face to face? Will they accept their parents’ relationship or rebel against it?

Will the once bitten Deepshika and Karan be lucky in their relationship the second time?

Genre: Fiction/Romance

Pages: 174

Format: Kindle eBook

Price: 99 INR/$2.99

My Ratings: 3.9/5

Deepshika and Karan are recently divorced from their 15+ years of respective marriages. Both of them are extremely good looking as well as successful. When they cross paths, sparks fly and it seems this time, their lovelorn lives will not be as bad. But will their children accept this love too?

A story full of positivity and hopefulness.

What I liked about the book:
-> The absolutely gorgeous and apt cover.
-> The character of Deepshika’s father, Gulshan, and his unrelenting support towards his daughter and grandchildren.
-> Deepshika’s son Darsh’s character who grows up overnight following his parent’s divorce and assumes the role of the ‘man of the family’. It’s sad to see him lose his childhood and innocence but it’s also heartwarming to see matured he is for someone so young.
-> The absolutely heartwarming friendship between Krutika and Myra, and how they stand by each other through a difficult breakup between their parents.
-> The seamless shifting of PoVs in between the narrations.
->The bonding between the leads with their respective kids and each other deserves a special mention.
-> The way Karan reacts on finding out the reason behind his wife leaving him. It shows just how genuinely good Karan is and we can’t help but fall in love with him.
-> The chemistry between the leads is simply smoldering with sparks flying around (quite loudly in your mind too while reading)

What I did not like about the book:
-> The plot is very predictable with hardly any turning points or plot twists. -> The protagonists and their family seem too perfect to be realistic, like, there’s no flaw and no problem in their life besides their divorce? Too filmy for me, sorry.
-> I found it a little hard to digest that Deepshika got married at 18. Why wasn’t the fact that she finished her college and managed to build up a career, after getting married and having two children, mentioned anywhere?

Quotable quotes:
->It’s best that we acknowledge the truth. It will help us move on with our lives.
->Life is easier when one is young. You can afford to call a spade a spade.
-> Any relationship is made or broken by two people.
->A married couple going their separate ways need not necessarily mean that one of them was to be blamed.

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