Book Review :: ‘Groomnapped’ (The Groom Series #1) by Sundari Venkatraman

Genre: Romance

Blurb:

The lovely and feisty Surekha is the eldest of three daughters of a carpenter from the wrong side of the tracks. She teaches science and maths in the Bihar Public School. 

Ameya is the only son of a millionaire farmer-cum-builder and over and above that, he’s educated too. 

They meet and fall in love quite easily, the drawback being the dowry system prevalent in Bihar. With Ameya’s parents expecting a huge dowry and Surekha’s parents having a tough time eking a living out of their humble income, it seems like the match between the two lovers is one made in hell. 

Ameya isn’t one to take things lying on his back. But when the parents who adore him otherwise are so set against the marriage, will he be able to make Surekha his?Review:

Sundari Venkatraman again comes up with a fantastic idea to base the story of romantic pair Surekha and Ameya (I love the name BTW) which pertains to a certain region of India. No doubt the Indians’ idiosyncrasies and fads are equally unique as it’s culture and heritage.

The protagonists Surekha and Ameya fall in love with each other and want to spend their lives together. They know that Ameya’s parents will never give their blessings for the match due to the difference between their financial and social status. Ameya concocts a scheme so that there is no room left for his parents to reject the relationship. What does he plan? And is the road to happily-ever-after going to be so easy? Read Groomnapped to enjoy a lighthearted yet a poignant romance.

I loved Surekha’s character for her principles and independent streak. Ameya is drool-worthy and sweet. The existence of both modern and as well as traditional mindsets in the families correctly reflects the prevalent social fabric of India. The secondary characters compliment the story very well. Additionally I could sense the romance brewing between the Surekha’s sister and Ameya’s friend. Would love to read their story as well.

The story is fast paced and narration is characteristic to author’s writing style—fresh and honest. I would have loved if the wooing period between Ameya and Surekha would have been prolonged. I love the build up of the romance, so I guess it’s my own quirk.

Dowry system is menace and a serious problem in the country and the story tries to bring the focus on the issue in a light and entertaining manner. The sentiment that protagonists did not run away and wanted to include the parents in their lives shows the rich values ingrained in them.

I highly recommend this light breezy romance.

 
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About the author
 
Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 31 titles (27 books & 4 collections) to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.
Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end.
Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years.
Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

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