Bookish Witch

Finding Anya by Sundari Venkatraman 

Blurb (as on Amazon):

Anya Chhabria wakes up in a hospital room with no recognition of who she is and where she belongs. In her troubled times, Anya finds her anchor in a handsome stranger. But is he really unknown to her?

Dev Wadhwa’s past finds him when he sees Anya lying unconscious in the middle of the road. Not willing to let go of her one more time, Dev takes her to the hospital and later to his farmhouse, where he helps her recuperate.

Sparks fly and Dev and Anya fall for each other! But the feisty Anya refuses to commit herself to marriage as her loss of memory looms larger than life.

Things aren’t easy with an ex-husband, not-so-understanding parents, and a jealous neighbor thrown into the mix. What if Anya’s memory never comes back?

Will Dev and Anya get a second chance?

Or will circumstances force them apart, yet again?

Genre: Fiction/Romantic Drama

Pages: 170

Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback

Price:

  • Kindle eBook: 69 INR/$3.29
  • Paperback (available only on Amazon India): 199 INR

My Rating: 4.5/5

Anya Chhabria is about to step into a new life when an accident turns her life, literally and figuratively, upside down. When she wakes up in the hospital, she has no memory of her life before the accident. Dev Wadhwa, the man who saved her, is by her side and provides his full support in helping her recover. Anya’s parents, her ex-husband, and a lot of people from her past show up, but Anya doesn’t recall anything. Will she ever make a full recovery? And, is a romance possible between her and Dev when she can’t even remember how they knew each other from before?

What I liked about the book:

  •  The narration is smooth, fast and to the point ensuring that the reader doesn’t get bored.
  • It had my heart with the wonderful LGBTQ+ representation (not revealing who that couple is because *SPOILER ALERT*)
  • The story captures the emotions and challenges of the young generation quite well and through various characters with varied problems. For instance, Anya is struggling with her conventional parents who refuse to give her freedom just because she is a girl. Then we have Dev whose parents expect him to stick to the supposed ‘normal and accepted’ career of a 9 to 5 job.
  • It ticks all the boxes needed for a perfect romance: a second chance romance, long-lasting friendships, an uber-cool grandmother, family conflicts and reconciliations, and a jealousy-driven, crazy neighbor who’s trying to sabotage the relationship; it’s all there and very well mixed to create the perfect dish for romance lovers.
  • The story focuses on women’s challenges in society. It also reflects upon other challenges faced by youngsters like disclosing their identities, following their dreams, and especially the turmoil to find balance in life.
  • Dev’s career choice and business are quite impressive. The entire part of the story that focuses on his home, his farm, and everything he has done with the business, is splendidly described and is frankly quite inspiring.
  • The detailing about amnesia is well-researched and thoughtfully put out in the story, making the plot more authentic.

What I did not like about the book:

  • It gets a bit repetitive. The characters have the same conversations a few times and this gets slightly off-putting
  • I wish there was more space given to Dev’s parents and siblings.

Quotable quotes:

  • We have to live in hope, right? How else can we survive?
  • Books are meant to be read

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