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This mom of two has decided to come back to this seat and review a book (or two). The elder one is at school and the younger one is sleeping peacefully, it is the wee hours of the morning and I can hear whistles of the cooker. There are still a couple of hours to go before I start preparing for my office and this is one of my favorite things to do. Writing or reading are becoming my solace and I often myself feeling down if I don’t get time for these in my daily life. As Genz calls it “This gives me a dopamine hit” :).
Book: Loving you twice Author: Andaleeb Wajid Genre: Fiction/Fantasy
About the Author
Andaleeb Wajid is a hybrid author, having published 40 novels in the past 14 years. She enjoys writing in a number of different genres such as young adult, romance, and horror. She lives and writes in Bengaluru.
My thoughts on the storyline and characters
It is a genre that I love to enjoy reading the most and would never get tired of reading – romance. Loving You Twice is the second book of the series. The protagonist, Ana Hasan, of the story, is a strong woman and comes from a house of three sisters. The three sisters, Tehzeeb, Ana, and Athiya, are brought up in a solemn manner by their father Yusuf Hasan after their mother dies of cancer. She is the middle child who is focused on building her career. She looks after the family and takes after her mother when it comes to keeping the house clean and organized.
I loved reading about strong female characters who are determined to make their future better. They are not portrayed as a helpless princess who needs a hero to save them. The author takes us into the conservative world of south Indian Muslim families in Bengaluru. The small details of the house and the mannerisms of the characters are relatable to the readers. Although the plot isn’t unusual we can’t deny that a romance novel is meant to have cliches that are our guilty pleasures to read.
Ana keeps her feelings closely guarded and is good at pretending things are fine even when they are not. One fine day she finds herself seated next to Luqman Ahmed on a flight. Luqman is a good-looking guy with a lucrative job in the IT sector. He is from a rich family background.
After a couple of meetings, first during the wedding of her elder sister and then on a flight, the pretty and demure Ana has fallen in love with Luqman. A graduate in psychology, she is a counselor in a school. She loves Luqman but does not have the courage to disclose this to the world. Like a good romance movie, the story unfolds with a lot of drama, fights, love, and sacrifices.
Publisher: Westland Language: English Paperback: 296 pages Price: INR 399, Kindle edition available
Is it one of the best novels in the romance genre I have read this year? probably not but definitely makes for a good read for your free weekend evening.
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