Book Review- Fighting for Tara

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Title:  Fighting for Tara

Author: Sunanda J. Chatterjee

Pages: 310 pages

Plot: “I have no use for a baby girl. Get rid of her tonight!” He towered over her as she cringed in fear.

But Hansa, a thirteen-year-old child-bride in rural India, refuses to remain a victim of the oppressive society where a female child is an unwanted burden. Instead of drowning her baby, Hansa escapes from her village with three-month-old Tara.

Hansa soon discovers that life as a teenage mother is fraught with danger. But a single lie opens the door to a promising opportunity far from home.

Just seven years later, Hansa finds herself fighting for Tara’s life once more, this time in an American court, with a woman she calls ‘Mother.’

Will the lie upon which Hansa built her life, defeat its own purpose? How can she succeed when no one believes the truth?

A story of two mothers, two daughters and a fight to save a child, Fighting for Tara explores the depth of love and motherhood.

Favorite Quote: “What if happiness is a choice?”

This book is about a child bride Hansa, married of to a man thrice here age who dies leaving Hansa and his baby girl at the mercy of his brother Baldev. To protect her baby Tara, Hansa flees away from her hometown Dharni, to start a new life. After facing traumatic experiences, Hansa and Tara end up being adopted by nurturing parents Anne and Liam. The story starts from a small village in Rajasthan and navigates to San Francisco.

It is sad to see that in today’s age where women are hitting new milestones every day, customs like child marriages, female feticides, etc still prevail in our country. The author has done a great job highlighting this issue. I loved the way Hansa’s character was empowered. A strong, willfully determined woman, ready to go lengths to save her daughter. It’s true that motherhood is accompanied by the vigor to shield the child from any danger. The essence of motherhood is captured phenomenally well in both Hansa’s and Anne’s characters.  The story was heartwarming and fast paced. I simply love the books that bring out the female strength and determination and this was definitely one of them. The writing was simple and easy flowing. The book was such a page turner.

I would recommend this book to those who are looking out for a heartwarming story with a strong female protagonist.

Ratings- 5/5

PS: – Thanks to the author for sending a copy of the book for an honest review.

About the Author: Freelance author, blogger, and ex-Indian Air Force physician Sunanda Joshi Chatterjee completed her graduate studies in Los Angeles, where she is a practicing pathologist. While medicine is her profession, writing is her passion. When she’s not at the microscope making diagnoses, she loves to write fiction. Her life experiences have taught her that no matter how different people are, their desires, fears, and challenges remain the same.

Her themes include romantic sagas, family dramas, immigrant experience, women’s issues, medicine, and spirituality. She loves extraordinary love stories and heartwarming tales of duty and passion. Her short stories have appeared in and

She grew up in Bhilai, India, and lives in Arcadia, California with her husband and two wonderful children. In her free time, she paints, reads, sings, goes on long walks, and binge-watches TV crime dramas.

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Book Review: The Other Half Lives


Title:  The Other Half Lives

Author: Sophie Hannah

Pages: 560 pages

Plot: Ruth Bussey knows what it means to be in the wrong – and to be wronged. She once did something she regrets, and was punished excessively for it. Now Ruth is trying to rebuild her life and has found a love she doesn’t believe she deserves. Aidan Seed is a passionate, intense man who has also been damaged by his past. Desperate to connect with the woman he loves, he confides his secret: he killed a woman called Mary Trelease. Through her shock, Ruth recognizes the name. And when she’s realized why it’s familiar, her fear and revulsion deepen. The Mary Trelease that Ruth knows is very much alive…

Favorite Quote: Make decisions based on hope, not fear.

Let me start by mentioning that Sophie Hannah is a UK based, internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction and now I know why. ‘The other half lives’ is a dark psychological mystery novel filled with jaw dropping suspense.  This book is title ‘The dead lie down’ in the US.

Like the other books from the Spilling CID series, detectives Charlie Zailer and Simon Waterhouse are trying to investigate a murder which may or may not have happened. The story mainly revolves around Ruth Bussey, Adian Seed, Mary Trelease. Ruth is recovering from a setback of the past when she meets Adian Seed a picture-framer and both of them fall in love. Mary Trelease is a painter with her own set of damages. The story is a little confusing at start but its picks up when the police finds out that Mary Trelease is alive. I did feel that the book could be wrapped up in 350 pages.

The narration of the story mainly switches between the third person, Ruth Bussey and Charlie Zailer. The story is very well weaved, narrated and plotted with a strong characterization. I was not able to guess until the end what is going to happen next. The plot clearly highlights the fact that circumstances can move people to state of mental imbalance in an irrevocable way.

I especially liked the choice of the title ‘The other half lives’. I would strongly recommend this book to psychological mystery loves who don’t mind reading big books!

Ratings: 4/5



Book Review: Metro Diaries -2


Title:  Metro Diaries -2

Author: Namrata

Pages: 146 pages

Plot: Live life another chance. Laugh a little longer. let go of your past. Hold onto what you love. In short LIVE rather than just exist!

Some told, some untold, some heard and some unheard – this collection of stories will make you look at life in a different light and make you ponder over its definition of it till now

Favorite Quote: People make memories and then reach a phase where memories make people! – Mou Athena

Metro Diaries 2 is a collection of 20 short stories about life. Each story depicts a different perspective of life, leaving you with heartache. With each story I was enforced to introspect life in a special way. These stories left me with a feeling of living more while we have the time to do so, rebounding from the setbacks, putting yourself in others shoes.

The narration is so simple and well written. The flow was gradual, story after story. If I have to pick my favorites, they would definitely be ‘The Keepsake’ which made me believe that good still exists in the world, ‘The Rare Sight’ and ‘A Pinch of Love’ which ensure that there is an upside to everything, we just have to look. But I seriously wished that the book ended with a happier story.

This is the second book by Namrata in the Metro Diaries series. The first one was about love classics. I haven’t read the first book yet, but after reading this one, I am surely going to lay my hands on Metro Diaries.

If you are looking for a quick read that will make you redefine the meaning of life than this one is for you!

Ratings: 4/5

About the Author:  Namrata is A Lost Wanderer who loves travelling the length and breadth of the world. A published author in various anthologies and magazines she enjoys capturing the magic of life in her words. She is forever in pursuit of a new country and a new story.

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Book Review: The One

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Title:  The One (The Selection #3)

Author: Kiera Cass

Pages: 323 pages

Plot: The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

Favorite Quote: “Leave it to you to find beauty in something others would say ruins a day.”

This is the final (third book) in the Selection trilogy. You can read my reviews for The Selection here and for The Elite here. This book carries on the story right where the previous book ended. ‘The One’ embarks the growth in America’s character. She holds on to her beliefs and values even though she goofs up majorly. No mistakes made by her can overshadow the strength of her character. She shines through the book for the stand she takes. Maxon finally learns to trust. He lets down his guard, opens up like never before and starts sharing his thoughts and feelings. The development of America’s and Maxon’s characters was the highlight for me. Their relationship matures and deepens with passing time, and it becomes evidently visible that they are made for each other.

Rebels had been a part of the plot since the beginning. The earlier two books did mention the rebels, but this book throws a better insight at their purpose. The twist of the rebels makes the book interesting and breaks the monotony of the selection.

The flow of the story is quite unsurprising but as far as the series finale is concerned, I am quite content with the way things turn out in the end. I would defiantly recommend this book to those who have read the first two parts and are contemplating on reading the third one.

Ratings: 3.5/5

PS: I loved the covers of all the books. They were one of the reasons why I choose to read this series in the first place. 😉



Book Review: The Elite

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Title:  The Elite (The Selection #2)

Author: Kiera Cass

Pages: 336 pages

Plot: The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

Favorite Quote: “Sometimes I feel like we’re a knot, too tangled to be taken apart.”

This is the second book in the Selection series. Read my review for the first book The Selection here. The Elite starts of exactly where the previous book ended. The girls have been reduced from thirty five to six. Maxon has to pick a queen and America has to choose between Maxon and Aspen.

This book like earlier one is high on drama, bitchiness, jealousy, revelation of dark secrets and cut throat competition. There is a very interesting love triangle between America, Maxon and Aspen. There are many heart touching moments between America and Maxon. Those are easily the highlights of the book for me. I honestly wanted America to take a decision but I think I will have to wait until the next book.

I don’t know why I am so into reading this series but I am definitely going to read third book ‘The One’. Over all, the book is a very quick and a fast read just like the previous one. It can be easily devoured in two to three hours. If you are looking for some romance and love triangles with a lot of drama and jealousy, this book is for you.

Ratings: 3/5


Book Review: The Selection


Title:  The Selection

Author: Kiera Cass

Pages: 336 pages

Plot: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Favorite Quote: “True love is usually the most inconvenient kind.”

I had contemplated a lot before picking up this series. I am kind of done with these sorts of books but the series became so popular that I had to read and find out what the hype is all about.  This is the first book in The Selection Series.

The book is plotted in the fictitious world of Illea where the humans are divided by their caste number from one to eight, eight being the lowest. Their jobs and lifestyles are also determined according to the caste they belong too. America Singer our protagonist belongs to caste five which consists of artists, musicians, singers, etc. The country of Illea determines the next queen who is to marry Prince Maxon by a process of selection. While participating in Selection is a dream come true for most of the girls, it is a nightmare for America Singer, but she does it anyway. As it turns out America manages to strike a deal with the Prince and starts to like the palace after all.

The process of Selection and the rounds of elimination are filled with excitement, bitchiness, competition, etc.The plot is quite predictable but still a delightful read. I loved the relationship America and Maxon shared. There is not much substance in this book; it is not going to enrich your life in anyway. But it will definitely entertain you. I will be reviewing the other books in this series, so stay tuned! J

Ratings: 3/5

Book Review: Only Love is Real


Title:  Only Love is Real

Author: Dr Brian.L.Weiss

Pages: 192 pages

In Brian Weiss’s bestseller Many Lives, Many Masters, nearly one and a half million readers met Catherine. In a hypnotic trance, Dr. Weiss’s young patient summoned memories of many past lifetimes, demonstrated an astonishing ability to transmit transcendental messages, and turned the life of a respectable psychiatrist upside down.
Now Dr. Weiss takes his research one breathtaking step further. He portrays two strangers, Elizabeth and Pedro, who are unaware that they have been lovers throughout the long centuries — until fate brings them together again. He shows how each and every one of us has a soulmate whom we have loved in past incarnations and who waits to reunite with us now. And he opens up entirely new worlds for all of us everywhere, based on a single, powerful truth…

Favorite Quote: “If you rely exclusively on the advice of others, you may make terrible mistakes. Your heart knows what you need. Other people have other agendas.”

This is my third book by Dr Brian Weiss and I become more and more fond of his narration with each book. This book is a real life experience of soulmates reuniting over lifetimes. Elizabeth is a young attractive woman who is finding it difficult to overcome the loss of her mother, who was her biggest confidant. She has a tendency to choose men who are wrong for her. Pedro is a handsome young man who has the world at his disposal but can’t get over the death of his brother. Both of them resort to Dr Brian Weiss to help them overcome their troubles with the help of Regressive Therapy. Both of them have their regressive sessions individually and with time they get better with therapy. Dr Brian Weiss realizes that both Elizabeth and Pedro have common memories and he finds out that both have travelled lifetimes together. Theirs is a cosmic match.

The book explains the concept of soulmates which is not just about love but about the bonding between souls that is eternal. Your soul mate can be anyone your lover, brother, mother, friend or anyone. The experiences he shares about life beyond death, souls travelling through lifetimes to learn certain virtues lead me on.

The essence of this book will sync in completely only when one reads the book. I would recommend this book to all the people who believe in soulmates and reincarnation.

Ratings: 3.5/5



Book Review: Same Souls, Many Bodies



Title:  Same Soul, Many Bodies

Author: Brian.L.Weiss

Pages: 240 pages

Plot: How often have you wished you could peer into the future? In Same Soul, Many Bodies, Brian L. Weiss, M.D., shows us how. Through envisioning our lives to come, we can influence their outcome and use this process to bring more joy and healing to our present lives. Dr. Weiss pioneered regression therapy — guiding people through their past lives. Here, he goes beyond that to demonstrate the therapeutic benefits of progression therapy — guiding people through the future in a scientific, responsible, healing way.

Through dozens of case histories detailing both past-life and future-life experiences, Dr. Weiss shows how the choices that we make now will determine our future quality of life. From Samantha, who overcame academic failure once she learned of her future as a great physician, to Evelyn, whose fears and prejudices ended after she envisioned prior and forthcoming lives as a hate victim, Dr. Weiss gives concrete examples of lives transformed by regression and progression therapy.

In Many Life, Many Masters we see Dr Weiss unveil the regression therapy and with ‘Same Souls, Many Bodies’ he narrates his case studies with the progression therapy. I had loved Many Life, Many Masters and had to read this one. This book takes us through the various case studies of patients having problems which they have not only experienced in this life, but problems that are being carried on since their past lives. I am a strong believer in existence of souls and the cases in this book appealed to me. The book is easily understood by the people like me who are interested in psychology but have never studied it as a subject. The groundbreaking work in the field of psycho therapy is sure to deeply affect peoples’ lives as they strive toward their future.

If you are someone who believes in journey of souls and a keenly interested in psychology this one is for you. But I would strongly suggest you read Many Life, Many Masters before devouring this one.

Rating; 4/5

Book Review: Me After You


Title:  Me After You

Author:  Jojo Moyes

Pages: 353 pages

Plot: “You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future…

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

Favorite Quote: “You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. It always does feel strange to be knocked out of your comfort zone . . . There is a hunger in you, Clark. A fearlessness. You just buried it, like most people do. Just live well. Just live.”

‘Me After You’ was a much awaited sequel to ‘Me Before You’. People who read ‘Me Before You’ were excited to know what happens to Louisa Clark. I was no different.  The sequel is good but doesn’t par with the first book. The kind of emotions that the first book evokes, the second falls short of it. This is because the expectations from the sequel were too high. Never the less, the book is a good read. The introduction of a very interesting character, Lily, adds a twist to the story.

Whoever has read the first part, and liked it would definitely want to read this book to find out what happens with Lou.

Ratings: 3.5/5

Book Review: Chergui’s Child


Title:  Chergui’s Child

Author: Jane Riddell

Pages: 278 pages

Plot: Thirty-something Olivia is recovering from a traumatic event five years earlier, when she is summoned to the bedside of her dying aunt, Dorothy. Shortly afterwards, she learns that her aunt has left her a large sum of money. She also receives a letter with a startling revelation. From Morocco to London to the south of France, this is the story of one woman’s journey to make her life whole again.

After Olivia’s beloved aunt’s death, she receives a startling letter from her aunt with some sum of money. After reading the revelations in the letter a lot of unattended emotions and questions come to life. The book is about Olivia’s pursuit to find answers. With Olivia on the quest to know the truth, the readers too will dawn upon a quest with her, feeling an urge to know the truth.

Our protagonist Olivia is has a complex character. She has been through a lot in life at so many different levels. She comes across as a confident, in charge of her life kind of a person at the start of the book, but as the narration progresses, her flaws and psychological concerns come to life. All the characters are flawed in some way and the author has backed it up with an explanation, making the book even more realistic.

Emotions are very well depicted throughout. I specially loved the way author described the various locations in France. I wanted to travel with the characters myself. The book is described from two perspectives. The present time narration is from Olivia’s perspective and the flashbacks are narrated from a third person’s point of view. This adds a remarkable essence to the writing.

All in all the book is an emotionally captivating read. In the end, the book will leave you with a hopeful feeling.

Ratings: 3.5/5

PS: – Thanks to the author for sending a copy of the book for an honest review.