Book Review (Part of The Book Club blog tour)
Three intriguing women, Three Imperfect men, Three fascinating stories!
House of Love : Real estate agent Nikki Desai has a rule of not dating her clients. When she hosts an open house on a cold Dallas afternoon, she didn’t know what was in store for her. Much like Dallas’ unexpected weather, Karan Malhotra, a business consultant, walks into her life and challenges every belief she holds close to her heart. Karan manages to cajole Nikki, but is she making a mistake in breaking her rule by dating Karan?
Arranged marriage : where love happens after marriage or does it? Ishan, a NRI from Dallas, Texas visits his home country, India and gets entangled in his parents’ plan to get him married. Sonali is a simple girl from a small town called Meerut and has no desire to leave India. However, she reluctantly agrees to marry Ishan. But when she settles with him in a foreign country, she is completely lost and homesick. Will Sonali find love in a conventionally arranged marriage?
Love Tango: Maya Sarin is sensuous and enterprising. She runs a dance school in the suburb of Dallas. Tahir Ali is an aspiring author who owns a Mediterranean restaurant in the area. When his regular dancer bails out on him, he rushes in Maya as a replacement. Maya is the inspiration that he had been longing for; she feeds his creative soul. Do they have any future together? Explore their passion and intrigue in Love Tango.
Three novellas, short and simple, addressing varied conflicts in day to day lives of the protagonists. All three stories are well narrated and touch the human aspect of a relationship which at the outset seems simple but is very complicated.
House of Love
Nikki Desai is a real estate agent—an ambitious, successful businesswoman who seeks her father’s approval for everything, even for her soul mate Karan. As children we do follow and try to emulate our parents to win their approval, but is it really required as one grows older. As adults one should look at their parents as human beings, who can have weaknesses and imperfections. Author has handled a complicated issue with remarkable finesse.
Though Sonali marries Ishan, an NRI, due to parental pressure, she is a little unsure about living in a foreign country. Ishan is a very mature and generous man, but a little ambitious. He shows immense compassion for Sonali by not demanding anything of her as she tries to settle in her new life. The story is sweet and full of compassion but I missed little gestures of intimacy and awkwardness, which creeps in between two unacquainted people sharing a bedroom.
The last one of the series has all colours of a perfect love story. The heroine is exotic, the hero is unique and the passion also builds up. Maya Sarin, a dancer, falls for a handsome restaurateur Tahir, but she gets caught into the web of her own past and insecurities. The conflict is well developed and gets resolved as both communicate with each other.
Though all three address the various aspects of a relationship, but out of the three I liked ‘Love Tango’ the best. The emotional aspect of the protagonists was the main focus throughout the book, as is the expectation from a romance.
Characters in all the three are well etched and the language is simple and fluent. A light breezy read for a balmy evening. I look forward to other books from Aditi Chopra.
About the Author
Aditi Chopra was born in India and now lives in Texas with her family. She writes NRI (Non Resident Indian) fiction and non-fiction books.
Aditi has an engineering background but she has found her creative bone in fiction writing. Her stories range from Contemporary Romance to Women’s Fiction. You might see a glimpse of Bollywood in her stories and will definitely enjoy the emotional ride.
Aditi focuses on leadership skills in her non-fiction books. Her readers get practical take-aways that they can utilize in their career. Aditi is also a member of Women’s Fiction Writers Association.
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