Monday, September 11, 2017

Book Review: The Casanova's Wife by Sundari Venkatraman

Name of the Book:  The Casanova's Wife 
Author: Sundari Venkatraman
Star Rating: 5 stars 
Goodreads: Read the Blurb here 

The love story between Bharath and Dia is a bold one as the title of the book, which is part of the series, MARRIAGES MADE IN INDIA, suggests.

The first chapter itself starts with a lovemaking scene between Bharath and Dia. For a moment I wondered if this is the ending to a new beginning? Both the characters are on the same page, making love, so what will the story be about? After marriage blues? As usual Ms. Venkatraman has managed to shock me with her portrayal of love. The bold side of love which India is still experimenting upon. You know what surprises me. Our first reaction to such stories. 'It does not happen', 'good girls don't have one night stands'  'a girl who is having sex for the first time has to marry that boy'.

Taboos. Every day we are dealing with taboos and god forbid, if anyone has dared to question this - they come across as non-literary writers. Bull*@$^.

This book is for a mature audience who knows how kids are conceived.  Those who have read Moll Flanders by Daphne Du Maurier will know that the portrayal of boldness in a woman is not something that is new. Dia is a girl of modern times who think career and family, both are important. When she meets Bharath, they both feel the attraction which leads them to spend a night together. The next morning Dia is not a weeping willow but accepts it as one beautiful memory.

Then comes the realization part - Bharath realizes that he has let go of the woman he has fallen in love with. He searches for her but he couldn't find her. Destiny plays a role and a few years later, Dia is brought in front of him as his father's friend's daughter. Will they be able to forget the past and move towards a new beginning is a beautiful tale told by Sundari Venkatraman.

The subject matter though bold has been handled very aesthetically. Dia has not been shown as a shrinking violet and for that I am happy. Bharath though called a heart breaker has many softer layers - especially the one that comes out when he is surrounded by his family members.

The writing is very cinematic and you will see the Sooraj Barjatiya movie being played in front of you as you scroll through your Kindle. A must read for all romance lovers.


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At September 11, 2017 at 10:41 AM , Blogger Sundari Venkatraman said...

Phew!!!!!!!! Loving it!
Worth the loooooong wait Rubina Ramesh. Hugs
So glad you liked my HOT ROMANCE with a HEART

At September 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM , Blogger The Book Club said...

Sorry for the long wait. A few writers were keeping me held up with beta reading and all. :D Thanks for your patience. But it was a book I wouldn't have missed reading at all.


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