The Extra in Ordinary by Ashutosh Marathe

The book is a collection of stories from lives of ordinary people that are, perhaps, way more than an ordinary story to be forgotten. In fact, one might even call them extraordinary.

I absolutely loved the writing style. It was conversational even though the stories themselves were reminiscence of the author’s life. Divided into three sections, the books makes you feel happy, serious and inspired at different points.

Now, there were things I wished I could change ( the first being a better editor because though the language was sound, there were typos that could have been avoided). But overall, it was a very beautiful piece of literature.

The book felt like a warm hug and a plate of pakoras on a rainy day. How, you may ask – but I’ve got no explanation to give. You’ve got to read the book fo understand. I often found myself sharing this super short stories with my grandpa and my parents over evening tea and they proved to be a great conversation starter with my pados wali aunty.

If you’re into short stories, this is a great book. If you’re an Indian, this is a must read for your coffee table.

Get yourself a copy now : https://amzn.to/2UmgyYU

Our Love Story – A Book Review

I’ve been reading a lot of romance this month, some good and others terrible. This one was one of the good ones and I’m so glad I read it.⠀

Veronica is tired of failing in the B-town, of being sexually harrassed and of letting down her single mother and siblings. She is about to call it quits, to commit suicide, when Aditya Bakshi walks into her life. He saves her, makes her a star. They fall in love and everything is perfect when something terrible happens. Aditya had his secret and now it is out. ⠀

This book was tragic, real and very beautiful. It was not your average Mills and Boon or one of those steamy romances. This was a slow burn, it was a story of sacrifice and chastity. Very different from what I usually read. ⠀

The characters were very well developed. Veronica and Aditya had layers and so did their family members. I suspect that one of the last pages had a cameo appearance of one of the protagonists from the author’s previous work but I cannot be sure ( this was the first of his works that I read).⠀

The language was easy to read and engaging. The events were stretched over a decade and it they unfurled effortlessly. I loved how the ‘villain’ also had a human side to him. ⠀

This is perfect to be read in a cosy blanket – an easy, heart touching yet breezy read. ⠀

Book : Our Love Story by Rohit Sharma⠀
Genre : Romance

Rating : 4/5

Get off your high horse!

3 reasons why you MUST pick up Get Off Your High Horse by Cynthia Terelst : ⠀

  1. It is a romance with heat. It has all the elements of a cosy winter read. It is a must have, a must read! I mean, it has lines like ‘Sebastian may be a conceited royal, but he sure could ride, whether his butt was in the saddle or not. I smiled, thinking about what Amanda would often say: ‘Frankie, that man has an arse anyone would be happy to grab’. As much as I hated to admit it, she was right. And it was just as good to look at. ‘
  2. The title and the cover is super inviting and if that’s not enough, read it because I’m asking you to!
  3. Crown Prince and an Australian farmgirl. What could they possibly have in common? Certainly not privilege, status or money. But there is a spark. Although, it’s hard to determine if it’s borne of interest or contempt. Could Frankie and Sebastian possibly have a future together?

Blurb

When two opposites collide will their differences ignite a spark?
Frankie and Sebastian live totally different lives. Lives that are entwined through polo, the sport of kings. How entangled will they become?
Australian farmgirl, Frankie, has no interest in high society or the rich, arrogant riders she has to deal with, especially Sebastian. Her heart may be softening to his kindness and love of horses, but her brain won’t be convinced. She’s looking forward to her summer break on the farm, away from him……until her parents invite Sebastian to stay.
Sebastian never felt comfortable in his role as the Crown Prince of Oleander. He’d rather spend his days working with horses, playing polo and being with Frankie, whose fiery spirit has set his heart aflame.
But pressure from his mother, the Queen, to return to his royal duties is mounting. Everything he desires is in danger of being ripped away.
Can Sebastian convince Frankie that his hopes and dreams aren’t so different from hers, or is he destined to return to a life he doesn’t want, alone?

This is a standalone romance with medium heat.


Buy Link

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089Y1NDN9
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B089Y1NDN9
Aust – https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B089Y1NDN9
Can – https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B089Y1NDN9

Author Bio

Cynthia Terelst is a project officer by day and a writer by night. She is a contemporary romance writer who likes to share a little bit of history, some Australian scenery and a whole lotta love. Cynthia does not shy away from difficult topics, as she feels that they should not be ignored.
She lives in Queensland, Australia, where the sun shines at least 283 days a year.


Get off your High Horse comes out on 31st December. And looks like I’m gonna start the year with this one! ⠀



⠀⠀



Why Not Me? A Book Review

“Give time the time to heal you.”⠀



Based on a true story – the author’s story – this book has won many hearts! ⠀

The story
Anubhav met Zoya on Facebook. And he fell in love with her. It might sound weird – falling for someone without even meeting them, but we’ve all been there! Anubhav waited for Zoya to fall for him. He was patient and so in love. For four years, first as a friend and then as a boyfriend, he was there for her. But a happily ever after is not how this story ends. ⠀

Takeaways and Opinion
The characters were real, the story penned down in beautifully. There was nothing remarkable or ‘mind blowing’ about the story line and I guess that is what makes this so relatable. Each one of us have Anubhavs and Zoyas hidden within and we’ve been there, felt that. This book will unlock a box of memories you never realised you had. ⠀

While it resonates with millions of us, this book is not our everyday tragedy. It ends on a positive note, imparting hope and lessons and paving a way forward. The book ends with a list of realizations and learnings that might cut short years of difficulty for a fresh broken heart. ⠀

Pain can only be eased by time, but this book is a tool that’ll help catalyse the process. This book is proof you’re not alone. ⠀

Book : Why Not Me? by Anubhav Agrawal⠀

Rating : 4/5

Number of Pages : 200⠀


Buy your copy on Amazon now : ⠀

https://www.amazon.in/finds/post/photo/amzn1.spark.v2.spark.48144b07-1f0b-45cc-be01-488a46aeabdd?tag=aiponsite-21&linkCode=ic7&feedType=WOMEN_FASHION&ref=fioa_shr_txt