Grown-up pose by Sonia Lalli – Book Review

Synopsis

Adulting shouldn’t be this hard. Especially in your thirties. Having been pressured by her tight-knit community to get married at a young age to her first serious boyfriend, Anu Desai is now on her own again and feels like she is starting from the beginning.

But Anu doesn’t have time to start over. Telling her parents that she was separating from her husband was the hardest thing she’s ever done—and she’s still dealing with the fallout. She has her young daughter to support and when she invests all of her savings into running her own yoga studio, the feelings of irresponsibility send Anu reeling. She’ll be forced to look inside herself to learn what she truly wants.

My Review

We meet our protagonist of the story, Anusha Desai, a woman in her thirties. She is an Indian who lives in Canada. Anu comes from a closely Knit, tight and cultural family. She falls in love with Neil and marries him. Now she has a beautiful daughter, Kanika. When time passes, Anu realizes that she is not happy with her husband, so she decides to get a divorce.

Later on she finds Ryan, a white man whom she falls in love with but in the middle of the story she understands, he is not the one for her. Now Anu is alone and she is desperate to find her true love.

The story is witty and amazing. I love the setting and how the cultural differences have been brought out. The cultural differences in the two countries bring about different challenges into the life of Anu. But, I was a bit disappointed with the protagonist, because I felt that she tend to run away from problems, rather than discussing them. Anu herself has created such massive problems in her life. If only she discussed them openly with her mother, or her husband, things would have been better.

This aspect actually affected on my idea about the book. The story felt a little tedious, and going in the same direction. Except for that, the rest of the story was amazing and simply loved how it ended.

My Rating

That is all for today folks. I hope you enjoyed this review. Leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments below. Until the next post,

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Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman – Book Review

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Synopsis

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

My Review

“When the silence and the loneliness press down and around me, crushing me, carving through me like ice, I need to speak aloud sometimes, if only for proof of life.”

Eleanor Oliphant is 30 years old, working as a financial assistant to a company. She lives a lonely life, where she does not have any social interactions at all. But she doesn’t worry.  She has been working in this company since the day she left university. Every Wednesday she speaks to her mummy over the phone, and drinks Vodka during the weekend. She seems perfectly ok.

Eleanor meets Raymond who works in the same company, in the IT department. To Eleanor, he seems to be the most unhygienic person that exists in the world. As if by destiny, they become very good friends, after they helped an almost dying person on the street, by taking him to the hospital. This incident becomes the first turning point in her life. Eleanor and Raymond’s friendship started to bloom after this incident, which makes her understand that she is not at all ok, even though she thought so.

I found Eleanor as a lonely person, who lives her own life, does not care about others opinions and pays attention to very minor details. I was listening to the audio book, and every bit of it was wonderful. I felt all the emotions that Eleanor went through in her life. She has gone through so much.

It is amazing to see how Raymond was able to change the life of Eleanor, in a completely positive manner. He brings the best out of her and always expects the best for her. I loved both the characters, Eleanor and Raymond, which brings light to the whole story.

The story is all about love, caring, family, true friends. It was emotional. Sometimes it made me cry and also, laugh. The narrator of the audio book, Cathleen McCarron, has done a marvellouse job. Her voice brings life to the characters and the story.

In the end, what I felt was, there can be so many Eleanors’ in our society. But do we pay attention to them? No right? True friendship and understanding can change another persons life, just like Eleanor’s. The book carries the weight of this real life situation. What an amazing, heart-touching and emotional story!!!

It is indeed a book that should be read by everyone. Great work by the author, Gail Honeyman.

“These days, loneliness is the new cancer—a shameful, embarrassing thing, brought upon yourself in some obscure way. A fearful, incurable thing, so horrifying that you dare not mention it; other people don’t want to hear the word spoken aloud for fear that they might too be afflicted, or that it might tempt fate into visiting a similar horror upon them.”

My Rating

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(5/5 Stars) Tremendous, I like it very much

That is all for today folks, do not forget to leave your thoughts and ideas about this book in the comments below.

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Indian Paintbrush by John A. Heldt – Book Review

Hello Booklovers!!!

Welcome to another book review in Hasanthi’s Book Blog.

First, I would like to thank the author, John Heldt, for sending me a free copy of the eBook, in exchange for an honest review.

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Synopsis

Arizona, December 1943. After surviving perilous six-month journeys to 1889 and 1918, the Carsons, five siblings from the present day, seek a respite in their home state. While Adam and Greg settle down with their Progressive Era brides, Natalie and Caitlin start romances with wartime aviators and Cody befriends a Japanese family in an internment camp. The time travelers regroup, bury some ghosts, and continue their search for their missing parents. Then old problems return, new ones emerge, and a peaceful hiatus becomes a race for survival. In INDIAN PAINTBRUSH, the sequel to RIVER RISING and THE MEMORY TREE, several young adults find love and adventure as they navigate the home front during the height of World War II. (from Goodreads)

My Review

I have always enjoyed the books by John Heldt. They are so amazingly written. I did not hesitate at all, to accept Indian Paintbrush, to be reviewed.

The story is all about the five Carson siblings traveling through time in search of their parents. This time they are in the setting of the World War II. As mentioned in the synopsis, older problems return and new problems are created and it wonderful to see how they stand up as a united family to face them.

When you start reading the book, you just won’t feel to keep the book away. You want to know what will happen next. It is just like, if you keep the book aside, you will miss what will happen next. (I know, I sound weird). Here the most important thing is the writing style of the author. He has crafted the story in such away, that you feel you are a part of this story too. With every page that you turn, you feel that you being carried away by the story. The characters are created so naturally, they are well-connected with the earlier books. Historical facts are another way that the author has been able to keep the attraction of the reader.

Overall it is a well written book, clear and easy to understand. There is never a dull moment and that makes hard for the reader to put the book down. Definitely  looking forward to reading the next book of this sequel. Filled with suspense, romance and tragedy, I would recommend this book to all of you.

My Rating

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(5/5 Stars) Tremendous, I like it very much

 

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