Book Review :: Someone to Love by Ruchita Misra

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Author: Ruchita Misra
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release: January 2017
Genre: Fiction / Romance
Rating: 3/5

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‘Someone To Love’ is my first novel I read by this author. The author switches us smoothly from past to present and keep us engaged successfully through the story. The story is about Koyal and Atharv, the childhood soulmates, one mature and calm  and the other one short-tempered whenever someone else tries to come between them or says anything bad about the other. They have a strange connection too. Whenever Koyal is in distress Atharv knows it even if they are miles apart. One must be very fortunate to have a connection at such level with someone. But their luck don’t last. Someone else comes between them and everything changes. Miscommunication, misunderstanding, hatred, broken trust and unspoken words change their course of lives.

Some lessons from the story are :

  1. No relationship should be taken for granted and when in love express it loud and clear. Subtlety is fine but that can cost us a lot of regret when it comes to loving someone.
  2. Don’t make your career choices based on your love life or loved one. True love is going to remain by your side without making you sacrifices.
  3. When you are disappointed with someone or feel betrayed confront the person in question.
  4. Never get married out of hatred as you might never get a second chance.

The part which I liked about this novel is the way it showed the struggle of a victim of domestic violence. To quote the author “From the outside, looking in, you can never understand it. From the inside, looking out, you can never explain it.” Lack of education, financial independence, emotional strength, self-confidence and support-system are the reasons why so many women suffers life long. But if someone is determined to overcome all the odds there is nothing and no one can stop them.

The second point which I liked is that I had to go back to the ‘Prologue’ page few times as the suspense uncovered and I realized I got it wrong at the beginning. This was an interesting way of telling the story I must say. You need to read it to know it.

I must confess that I found the second part of the story so much predictable and reminded me of some bollywood movies. Was expecting better turns of events. There are some technical glitches too regarding the ages of the protagonists. If 10 years is the count from the time they drifted apart to the time they reintroduced to each other then they should be aged around 31/32, not 38/39. To become a neurosurgeon it takes 14 years or longer. So all the math doesn’t quite add up. Hope these will be corrected in next edition.

‘I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.’

About the Author
Ruchita Misra is a three-time gold medalist from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade in New Delhi and the author of the bestselling books Second Chance at Love, The (In)eligible Bachelors, for which she was awarded the Awadh Samman in 2012 and Can This Be Love?. She works in London and blogs at smilethesmile.blogspot.com

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