Do you love reading about a great HEA [happily ever after] moments? To all romance readers, HEA is a very emotional moment. A few tissues are sacrificed and after a few more sniffles we blend into our daily humdrum of life. But Author Varsha Dixit will not let us forget her characters even after she dishes out another gorgeous pair. So while many of you will salivate over Nikhil, Aditya from Right Fit Wrong Shoe will still remain in your hearts.
It’s a very straightforward storyline. Sneha knew Nikhil from a long time and due to the prank she had played on him, he had lost the love of his life. Nikhil comes back to her life at that point in time when she is at her lowest point. Freshly divorced and a single mom.
She comes across as a meddler with good intentions. Ahem. Those who know me will understand why I could relate to this character. She always means well but invariably let many cats out of the bag. While it landed her into trouble she always has an excuse about the trouble she has caused. This introduction of Sneha by Ms. Dixit will catch the eye of the younger audience. She will remind you of Kajol of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. That bubbly tomboyish girl whom love always eluded.
Sneha, The Woman
Matures a lot after a torturous and a broken marriage. In this part, Sneha depicts many women who are caught in an arranged marriage and wants to buy time just to get to know their hubby before having sex. But often, the 'first night' becomes a battle between the sexes and marital rape is never brought out as according to the man- now they have the license for their conjugal rights. Kudos to Ms. Dixit for tackling this subject with such sensitivity.
Sneha, The Single Mom
Makes me want to give her a hug. The constant battle between a Mom and that of a working woman comes across well. Thank god Sneha had an Amla in her life, not everyone is that lucky. But not once does she come across as a negligent mom even if at times she makes me wonder if her first priority is often the happiness of her friend, Nandini.
Sneha, The Friend
Is the one I would certainly have in my life. As one of the characters in the story calls her a 'watchdog of Nandini', I would say that’s very true. And here lies my first and only peeve with this novel.
Sneha has fulfilled all her roles very well. As a mom, friend and a wife. But she was never the woman. I understand that all the above-stated roles made her the woman that she is supposed to be but her life was totally dictated by what happens in Nandini's life. An action in Nandini's life has an equal reaction in Sneha's life.
Is a typical Mills and Boon Romance. Rude Hero and an equally, if not more “ready to fight” heroine. The chemistry between them is superb. Nikhil portrays the role of a brooding hero very well while his gentle side is not forgotten too. When we see him through Sneha's eyes, he comes across as boorish and arrogant. While Nandini shows us his vulnerable side. A very well-etched character.
You can take one cup away. Sneha was just leaving." Nikhil ordered the older woman, his smile, as usual, started and ended at his lips.”
The reason for the rating...
2. It’s almost as if Ms. Dixit is sucking us inside her world of characters. If you have read Right Fit Wrong Shoes, you must have wondered if they will live happily ever after, especially the spitfire Nandini was portrayed to be. Well in this you will find your answer. Here I also must point out that while we always concentrate on the hero and the heroine of a story, we spend little time on the other woman. She is just a woman who has to go away by the end of her life. Ms. Dixit begs to differ. Gayatri was the rejected one. However right the reasons were, rejection is a rejection. So when such characters get a venting spot or a redeeming spot, you must admire the craftsmanship of the writer.
3. I wish Nandini had a lesser role to play and the story focused only on Sneha. The conflict which Gayatri brought with her could have been focused on Nikhil. His inner conflicts were well portrayed but there was nothing external in his life to keep him the way he was. He needed a Gayatri [a stronger conflict] in his life.
Would I recommend this novel...
And don't forget sipping a glass lemonade [vente size] while reading this novel. You will need it to cool down. :)
The line that Stayed with me...
She put her hand out to stroke Advey's forehead. A few shuffling sounds later he lopsidedly shifted his small body next to her so his head butted his shoulders. As Sneha soaked her son's feel against her, she let the few tears pestering her lids roll out.