Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Rescued by Love by Shilpa Suraj

Rescued by Love 
Shilpa Suraj

The Blurb
 When Naina Ahuja is kidnapped as hostage days before her father, a Supreme Court Chief Justice, must sentence a terrorist, the stakes are very high. Lt Col Arjun Rathore and his team are the only ones who can be trusted with the mission of saving her. 

During their arduous trek back through the hostile terrain of Ladakh, Arjun and Naina spend days in danger of losing their lives - and their hearts. Back in safety, the real world and its very real problems threaten – as do their own perceptions of the differences between them. 

They must separate – but will life rescue their love?

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She .... 

She is Naina. She is the daughter of the Chief Justice and is a part of the elite society. She has everything money can buy - except a set of loving parents. Trying to teach her parents a  lesson, when she is forced to marry a fatso (weight-ism!!!), she decides to run away. Trouble follows her and she is kidnapped! Not a nice place to be in but if Arjun comes to rescue me, I wouldn't mind for half a day. Only half a day, mind you.... I don't have time to spare. :D

I loooove Naina's character. She is, as described by the writer, 'a ray of sunshine.' Spunky, cute and having a high dose of humor. Being brought up by such parents should have sent her to a mental asylum but thankfully she is not a wilted rose. The girl knows her mind and does not hesitate to speak for herself. 


He is Arjun.  Lt Col Arjun Rathore. Macho as a man can get. He is the one who rescues her and while trekking back home, falls in love with her. But he knows she is out of his league. So when the time to say goodbye comes, he does not hesitate and walks away... leaving her heart broken. 

Arjun is shown as an Alpha male but he has his own weaknesses too. I liked that. Made him more real. His doubts, his fears and his vulnerability in love was very heart touching.

The Story....

The story has all the ingredients to turn it into a Bollywood flick. Hritik and Katreena... (See Til *Til is my inner, nagging conscience.*.. no Salman Khan . I don't believe in nepotism :P)I could almost visualise the movie. The story is very well written. Shilpa Suraj knows how to play with words. She is one of those picturesque writers who will draw an emotion with her word. Naina's sadness became my sadness. Her spurts of laughter was mine and her anger had me want to kill the father. 

I had some aha moments in this book. To quote a few...

"Chuckling softly, Arjun took in her indignant little pixie face. She looked like a ragamuffin with that ragged haircut and grimy face."

"Drawing herself up to the full extent of her 5-feet-nothing, Naina tried for dignity and failed miserably."

Her way of writing is very free flowing. The words are threaded together with an ease. Characters are very well etched though in some instances a bit overboard. There is nothing wrong in that. While using your own imagination you can never go wrong. It is your world, your imagination. I do know fathers like Naina's do exist. The need for a son is so profound in some families that it is not a surprise when girls are treated as such. Sad but true. The less said about the politicians of our country - the better. Our TV serials have also fueled our imagination so I could visualize parents like that. 



The Ladakh journey was beautiful and so was Naina's woking as a hostess and whatever took place there. But the ending could have come a bit sooner. This nulling sense of the star crossed lovers meeting every time and again Destiny playing a hand in driving a wedge after them is fine for 2 rounds - after that a reader would love to peek in the last page to see if it is going to happen or not. 

The character of the father is shown the the worst light. Such a huge ego will not let his daughter go out of the house like that without keeping tabs at least. For it is a sense of possessiveness that drives such men. And when he threatens an opponent  - they won't be mere words.  So maybe the father could have had at least some redeeming emotion for this to be justified?

But one thing I have to say for this novel.... after a long time I did not want to finish a story. I almost felt sad when it was over. 

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Meet the Author

Shilpa was a year and a half when she was first introduced to the world of books. Her mother would park her with a picture book on the floor of the kitchen while she finished her cooking for the day. While it’s no longer the kitchen floor, you can still find her tucked away in a cosy nook somewhere with her nose buried in a book. While books in all genres interest her, it was romance that captured her heart. While racing through every romantic fiction book she could beg, borrow or buy, her over active imagination started to work overtime and weave its own stories. Years in the corporate world followed by a stint of entrepreneurship crystallised her belief that all she really wanted to do was give life to the stories bubbling inside of her. She briefly managed to tear herself away from the world of fiction to find her own personal happily ever after and now spends her time happily focusing on the two loves of her life – family and writing romances. 

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At December 16, 2014 at 11:37 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

I agree it is so sad about the fanatic desire for a male child. Loved your review , it is so well balanced.

At December 18, 2014 at 11:05 AM , Blogger Sundari Venkatraman said...

Enjoyed reading your review almost as much as I loved reading the book :)

At January 2, 2015 at 12:17 AM , Blogger The Book Club said...

Thanks Inderpreet :)

At January 2, 2015 at 12:18 AM , Blogger The Book Club said...

Thanks Sundari :)


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