Book Review

Love, Again: Book Review

Title: Love, Againbook cover
Author: Sumeetha Manikandan and Shrruti Patole Clarence
ISBN: 9789384315047
Number of Pages: 170
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Genre: Fiction/Romance



Life is tough, and it becomes tougher when you need to make life changing decisions. Would you dare to love again? Would you allow yourself to be loved and to be cherished again? Many of us turn away from life, thinking that it is not for them but some take a leap of faith rewrite their story for the sake of love?

Love, Again is a double header book bringing you two stories about chancing love again -These Lines of Mehendi by Sumeetha Manikandan and A Tulip in the Desert by Shrruti Patole Clarence.

a. These Lines of Mehendi by Sumeetha Manikandan
Lalitha, a self-sufficient woman is seperated from her husband Suresh for ten years, for reasons known to them. Suresh commits suicide leaving Lalitha a widow and thus dooming her business because in this superstitious society who will let a widow apply bridal mehendi to her daughters? Shrikanth enters her life in this stage. He who was betrayed by his childhood best friend just days before their wedding has contempt at the mere thought of wedding and marriage. But he is forced by his sick mother to marry and he agrees at her ultimatum. To save her dooming business Lalitha marries Shrikanth. Will they find love in this marriage of convenience? Why did his best friend re-enter his life?
It’s not just another love story where the boy meets girl and falls in love. These are real life characters with flaws and strengths to overcome the troubles that life throws at them. The characters are beautifully penned and so is the story. It gets your reader hooked to it as there is a good flow. The customs and traditions of Chennai are mentioned in the story making it realistic. The writing is good.
Few phrases are repeated throughout the story. Though there are close to none grammatical errors,
the repetition of phrases and excessive use of pronouns could have been avoided.
Do I Recommend?
Yes. It is a simple, delightful read!
4 on 5
b. A Tulip in the Desert by Shrruti Patole Clarence 
This story revolves around Charmaine and Raj who are pursuing their research in a university in Amsterdam. Charmaine is keen on Egyptian history and the history of Cleopatra. She gets psychometric visions whenever she reads about Cleopatra. She is transported back to another world altogether and she is all set to get to the bottom of it. As a part of their college trip, Charmaine, Raj and their friends head to Egypt where the mystery unfolds.
A different story and high-five for that! The concept is refreshing and I being a history lover was keen to read the story. Kudos to the research the author had done to bring up this story.
But…… badly executed. With such a strong theme there was a great scope of delivering a hit. Editing could have been better.
Do I Recommend?
Well, give it go especially if you love mystery and history!
3 on 5
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Meet the Authors 

Sumeetha Manikandan 

Sumeetha Manikandan is a freelance writer and an author who loves to write and base her plots on the tambrahm community of Mylapore, Chennai. She is the author of ‘The Perfect Groom’ that has been a bestselling ebook on the top 50 charts of Amazon India ever since publication. An avid reader, she loves to read across different genres – romance, historical fiction, non-fiction, mystery, fantasy etc. A history buff to the core, she is currently translating Ponniyin Selvan – the evergreen tamil classic epic history by Kalki Krishnamurthy into English. Married to film maker K.S. Manikandan, Sumeetha lives in Chennai, along with her six year old daughter.

 Shrruti Patole Clarence

Shrruti has been a voracious reader since early years and took to composing poems when she was very young. An Aviation Manager and 10years with various airlines, she has been on a sabbatical for her two son’s aged six years and 1 year respectively. She enjoys this welcome break from career, to be able to pursue her passion, writing! She has to her credit 6 short stories featuring in different Anthologies all published this year, one of which will soon be seen as a short movie.

And Love, Again a double header romance Novel publish date 25th May 2015, with her story A Tulip in the Desert will soon be seen on the stands! Her lyrics feature in the theme song of group Young Indians – an off shoot of CII (Confederation of Indian Industries). Her poems feature in Zest of Inklings and a Hindi poem in an e-book – Ehsaas, judged by eminent Urdu and Hindi screenwriter, dialogue writer and playwright – Javed Siddiqui. Shrruti is a warm and friendly person who loves music and watching sports when she is not writing.


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 Disclaimer: I received the book from the authors via The Book Club in return for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for the same. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  1. sumeethamanikandan March 21, 2016

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