Bookish Witch

The Reunion (Old Flames Book 1) by Narmada HN

Blurb (as on Amazon):

A lot can happen over Reunions.

Gossips will be whispered, skeletons hidden in the closet will drop by, and plenty of stories will be shared to show off. There will be some awkward moments and unexpected big fat revelations. Ankita knew that going to the reunion would be a bad idea from the moment she had RSVP’d. However, she was no longer the shy, scared, and timid girl that she once was.

There was a reason why she was joining the boisterous crowd on the rooftop restaurant at Mysuru, her hometown. It’s – Akash Hegde. She was prepared to see the man, whom she had hated with a passion, once upon a time.

What Ankita didn’t realize was that she would come face to face with feelings that were hardly acknowledged, things left unsaid and things that she had refused to hear back in the day.

Perhaps, in this reunion, old flames will burn again and just maybe, there could be a silver lining waiting to unfold.

-Snippet from the book-

“I am flirting with you?”

“YES! You are!!” She said, trying to stand on her feet, swatting his extended hand away.

Somehow, she felt too wobbly to steady herself, and Akash helped her, holding her arms in a secure grip. Absently, she found herself leaning against him, seeking the warmth his body was radiating, much to his surprise; definitely a pleasant one.

“…and you notice that now?” His voice was soft, eyes staring down to hers with undeniable emotions.

Book #1 in the Old Flames series. A standalone book of a heart-warming story.

Genre: Fiction/Romance

Pages: 59

Format: Kindle eBook

Price: 99 INR/$2.99

My Rating: 4.5/5

Ankita is attending her school’s reunion and meeting up with her batchmates after many years. The gathering proves to be just as she had expected-awkward and predictable. She had RSVP’d for just reason-to settle scores with someone she had hated with a passion back in school-Akash Hedge. He doesn’t show up, but they do meet and things don’t go quite as Ankita had envisioned.

What I liked about the book:

  • It dealt with all quite a lot of emotions, and very well so.
  • It was a relatable read that made me recall my own school days and school-time friendships.
  • I liked the way Ankita’s growth as a person is shown.
  • Akash’s backstory was compelling and threw light on an issue that needs more attention.
  • I liked how the flashbacks were revealed little by little, holding on to our interests and keeping the curiosity level up.
  • The way Akash jokes around and keeps pulling Ankita’s leg is quite cute and endearing.

What I did not like about the book:

  • Ankita’s attitude seemed a little holier than thou and snobbish at some points.

Quotable quotes:

  • She wasn’t mysterious; she was reserved. Something most people never understood.
  • Simple things never really excite most people.
  • Memories have a weird way of floating in front of your memories as if they happened just moments ago.
  • Somewhere she missed being a kid, a teenager. Adult life sucked! Plunging at the handful of salary and a mountain full of expenses was a headache. They were expected to be extremely smart, charming, and with a brain that lights up like a bulb; it is taxing. Even your hobbies and passions slowly start taking a backseat in the race of life.
  • No one should have to go through pain as no one deserves it.
  • Segregating good from bad is easy. But the world is not all black and white. There could be blue, red, pink, white and all the colors in the rainbow and more.
  • The silence between them was oddly comforting.

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