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Hard to Forget (Sisters Series Book 1) by Varsha Dixit

Blurb (as on Amazon):

They say a lie may save the present but it destroys the future. However, only lies can protect Sonali Chowdhury and her family from the cruel and unforgiving society. The truth will destroy them. A low-profile job as a chaperone to an older lady is Sonali’s first step toward rebuilding her life.
For Dev Shaurya, only the truth matters. That’s why he became a journalist. His grandmother has been duped plenty by her past chaperones, and the new chaperone, Sonali, sounds like a fraud. Too good to be true.
When Dev discovers Sonali’s true identity, exposing her lies and firing her should be easy. Except Dev finds himself drawn to Sonali and the honesty in her eyes.
Will Dev’s anger ruin Sonali and her family? Will his principles win and Sonali’s goodness lose? Will Dev and Sonali succumb to the attraction simmering between them? All these questions and more are answered in this steamy, sweet read Hard to Forget.

Genre: Fiction/Romantic Drama

Pages: 230

Format: Kindle eBook

Price: 199 INR/$3.99

My rating: 4.4/5

After losing her father and amidst financial as well as emotional crisis, Sonali lands a job as Mrs. Shaurya’s chaperone. Though she loves Mrs. Shaurya and her efforts are well-appreciated by all and sundry, Mrs. Shaurya’s grandson finds Sonali’s manners and the way she carries herself, a bit suspicious, especially because she claims to come from a poor family. Is Sonali hiding something about her past? Will it cost her this much-needed job?

What I liked about the book:

  • This romantic fiction involves elements like love, romance, bonding, togetherness, suspense, humour, suspicious discovery and a lot of twists and turns which makes it a masala read almost like a Bollywood movies. Though not an outstanding book the action-packed drama does make it a recommnded read for lovers of romance.
  • I loved how the characters grow and evolved, especially Sonali and her mother Vaishali. It is so heartwarming to read about women who rise up against grief, patriarchy and sexism. These are the kind of relatable women empowerment stories we need and can take inspiration from.
  • I liked that the ending is uncliched and left open to imagination. This is another part that shows Sonali’s growth and why she doesn’t choose Dev out of convenience and just in order to make her life easier.
  • The secret and suspense related to Sonali and her family’s past is well-maintained and the revealation of the truth was quite unexpected.

What I did not like about the book:

  • The story felt rushed in the climax, as if it all suddenly ended. The closure was definitely unclear.
  • A little drama between Sonali and Leela might have added more entertainment factor to the book. It all felt a little too good to be true, especially for Sonali.

Quotable quotes:

  • Some images are imbibed on the heart.
  • Poor people can’t eat delicious food because we can’t afford it and rich people can’t eat delicious food because it makes them sick.
  • Everyone who is young will get old someday.
  • Poor to rich is a good direction to go in, but it is a devastating condition when present paupers were past mutli-millionaires.
  • Life is hard when one is a woman in India, and harder when she is poor.
  • Even the thought of losing someone who love can be debilitating.
  • Looks are transient, intellect stays.
  • Life can change in a moment for so many of us.
  • After innumerable days of gloomy weather, even a few minutes of the sun are memorable.
  • Only the hopeful will allow themselves to be happy
  • I did what a lot of women do globally-gave in, so my children could be happy.
  • Most rich people have secrets that can get them in trouble with the law.
  • Where is it safe for women? We thought we were safe when we lived in palaces. What a laughable thought. The truth is that we’re only safe when we are together. Nowhere else, and with no one else.
  • We do not get to choose our gender. What is wrong with being a girl? Women achieve so much. Some of the people in our social circle have such amazing, smart daughters who not only look over the family business but grew it expotentially.
  • They say sometimes when one comes close to death, they see what they have become, how people will remember them.
  • She was very protective of her personal life and welcomed no intrusion. What she told should be enough. No more, no less.
  • Honest and reliable people are priceless nowadays.
  • Failure is a part of success.
  • The right kind of partner helps, and does not hinder. A good relationship can teach one a work-life balance.
  • Feelings are complicated.
  • Poor people have enough morals for ten rich people. They have the strength to accept the truth and work hard to shape their lives.
  • Sometimes you don’t realize how good a person is until you stand next to sewage.
  • What makes the rich so superior also makes them so vulnerable. It can all go away in a second.
  • Sometimes, maybe damsels need to be in distress so they can learn to rescue themselves.
  • Just because a few good things happened does not mean everything will be hunky dory.
  • Struggles make us stronger.
  • Hope is a simple word, but within it hides so many positives- new beginnings, inner strength and the will to overcome.
  • You are painting a rosy picture. Reality is not like that.
  • Life isn’t perfect so stop complaining.
  • Love should be celebrated every day, every moment, because it’s not easy to find.

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