The Prince’s Special Bride by Devika Fernando

The Prince’s Special Bride by Devika Fernando

The Prince’s Special Bride is a sweet love story between Prince Christian of Taragonia and Marie Kemei,  an Anglo-African hotel manager working in the Maldives.

The background –

The book starts with a beautiful sunset in Maldives which Marie loves to watch in solitude.  Her solitude is broken when she finds one of the hotel guests sobbing her heart out.  Marie soon becomes friend and confidante to Olivia.  Christian comes in search of his sister Olivia and finds her staying in the Malaysian hotel.  Marie and Christian are attracted to each other.  But,  Marie comes to know later that Olivia and Christian belong to the Royal kingdom of Taragonia.  It is a fictitious kingdom in Europe.  Olivia’s distress is she is engaged to be married to the Prince of Visteria.  Everything changes when Princess Olivia invites Marie a month in advance to her wedding and asks her to be her special Bridesmaid.  Marie is awed by the grandeur of the palace and the way the royals live.  Her exotic looks with darker skin and Afro hair makes her stand out in the European kingdom of pale skins and pastel gowns.  She feels she is a misfit.  It is only her love for the Prince and the friendship of the Princess that makes her stay pleasant.  During the course of the month, she discovers a lot about the kingdom and also about herself.  So,  what makes Prince Christian fall in love with a commoner like Marie.

What I liked –
  1. I love to read about heroines who are strong and independent.  Marie is a very independent woman content with life.
  2. I have never read a romance where the heroine is of a different skin-color.  I would like to see more of such heroines.
  3. Christian is a dutiful Prince who wants the best for his Kingdom.  He is duty bound as Crown Prince and takes his role seriously.  He is environmentally conscious, grows organic food and is also ready to help out countries in distress.  It actually made me root for monarchy.  He is a true knight in shining armour.
  4. The descriptions are vivid.  The author brings the Palace alive in her descriptions,  you will wish to go have a walk in it.
  5. The dresses are described well and there is some excellent designer wear there.
  6. The language is easy to read and simple.

My only grumble is I wanted to read a little more of their romance in the beautiful palace.  They are two very good people who are in love.  But, I wanted them to have some lover’s tiffs,  some misunderstandings,  some distress.  But, they truly are a match well-made.

This Cinderella meets Prince Darcy tale is a light, breezy read.  It is perfect for an afternoon of good times.

Romancing the phone   #FridayFictioneers

Romancing the phone #FridayFictioneers

These phone booths were much in demand in the pre-mobile phone era.  In India,  these were mostly at railway stations.  At other places there were regular phones to make public phone calls.  The advantage of this phone was,  we could hear the person on the other side of the phone,  but could speak to him only after dropping the coin.  And with the Indian mentality of jugaad,  it was abused in various ways to save the coin.  Here’s my take for this week.


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Love Sees No Reason by Reshma Ranjan #BookReview

Love Sees No Reason by Reshma Ranjan #BookReview

I won the book ‘Love sees no Reason’ by Reshma Ranjan during the Tornado Giveaway-3.  I loved the pretty cover and put it away to be read during one of those days when I feel like reading a bit of romance.  I was so wrong. I should have read the book right away.

Love Sees No Reason (LSNR) is a phrase which only those who have truly loved will understand.  It is illogical and listens to no reasoning.  The book starts with Ria running into the arms of Suhaan,  calling him Suhas and fainting.  It is a bit dramatic,  but it sets the tone for the rest of the book.  It is one of those stories which someone like a Bollywood director would love.  I had always secretly thought what it would be like if we fall in love with a twin.

Ria is in a marriage of convenience with Suraj who is having a terminal illness.  She goes into the marriage with her eyes open, with the sole objective of adopting Mia from an orphanage.  Again, it sounds cliche,  but the Love Sees No Reason.  As expected Suraj dies.  Suhaan is back at the haveli to look after family interests.  Ria has never met Suhaan and the scene above plays out when she meets him for the first time. Continue reading

Book Blitz : Finding the Angel by Rubina Ramesh

Book Blitz : Finding the Angel by Rubina Ramesh

FINDING THE ANGEL
by
Rubina Ramesh
 
 
 
Blurb
 
All She wanted was love…
 
Shefali is a die-hard romantic. Having lost her parents at a very tender age, she is in search of a place which she can call home. Her passion for Art lands her a job as an art curator to the famous artifacts of the Ranaut Dynasty. When she meets the scion, Aryan Ranaut, she feels that her dream might come true until…
 
All He wanted was to trust…
 
Living the life of a modern day Prince is no easy task for the young and dashing Aryan Ranaut. Having lost his father to a rapacious woman, Aryan has severe trust issues. But upon meeting Shefali, he feels he could let down his guard. Until…
 
All They need is to find The Angel…
 
Just as Aryan realizes his love for Shefali, one of the most precious artifacts, The Angel, goes missing from the Ranaut collection. All fingers point towards Shefali—more so because she leaves the palace without telling anyone on the very night of the theft. 
 
Finding the Angel is a story where duty clashes with love and lack of trust overrides passion. Under these circumstances, can The Angel bring the star-crossed lovers together?
 
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Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer, and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time. She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona. Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer.

 
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Book Blitz : The Diamond Heist by Sai Daksh

Book Blitz : The Diamond Heist by Sai Daksh


THE DIAMOND HEIST: A SEVEN AGENT ADVENTURE 

by 
Sai Daksh
 
 
Blurb
 
Life was all fun and play, with a few small adventures and mishaps, for Daksh, Arsh, Garv, Om, Swarit, Aditi and Simran till… 
 
They are recruited by the Indian Detective Agency. 
 
They are summoned to the headquarters and given a mission – to recover a lost diamond. 
 
With all the plans and props in place, they set forth to hunt down the diamond. 
 
By chance, they stumble upon a conspiracy that is connected to the theft. 
 
Do they succeed in foiling the conspiracy? What happened to the lost diamond?
 
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About the author
 
Sai Daksh Shetty, at the age of eleven, completed the book 7 Agents: The Diamond Heist. At the age of six, he had started writing short stories. At the age of eight, he used to draw comic strips and share it with his friends. Although this is his first book, he plans to write a whole series on the 7 Agents. Since early childhood, he has had a very creative mind and uses his imagination in all his activities. He is very interested in all forms of creative arts. He is very open-minded. The main characters of the book have been inspired by his real life friends. Om, Garv, Arsh and Swarit are his best friends and are in the book, while Aditi and Simran are fictional.     

 

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