Book Reviews

Book Review: Saved in Sri Lanka by Devika Fernando

The Blurb:

Some people are destined to meet.

It sure feels that way when Sri Lankan tour guide Sepalika meets Daniel. The mysterious tourist from Ireland steals his way into her heart and makes her question everything her life is built upon. Instant attraction turns to love – but does he feel the same? And what about the secret she’s hiding from him?

Follow the two on their quest for a happy ending amid the beauty and wonders of the tropical island paradise of Sri Lanka.

My Review

Like the blurb says, Saved in Sri Lanka is the story of a tourist guide, Sepalika, and one of her tourists, the Irish Daniel.

The thing I liked the most about this book is how well Devika has explored the tourist guide angle of the story. Daniel and Sepalika’s visit to each spot is accompanied by a rich serving of its history. The information parted is enough to spike up the readers’ interest, yet not so much that it bores them. I, for one, couldn’t keep myself from running to Google. Glad that I did this, for only then did I realize how beautifully has Devika described every thing. The pictures her words painted in my head were pretty close to what is real.

Now coming to the story. In the beginning, it is a very regular story-unpredicatable in some places, but predictable in most. However, the history sprinkled keeps it spiced up. Several secondary characters help take the story forward, but the prime focus stays on Sepalika and Daniel. This is a little disconcerting.

But hang on. Hang on and let the story build for about a 100 pages. Yeah, I know that is a little too much, but the way the plot twists after that is just worth the effort that goes into waiting. How events unfold to bring Daniel and Sepalika together, after they’ve each decided to go their separate ways, is worth reading.

Everything comes together to make this a happy read that will certainly appeal to you if you are romance and history buff.

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