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Book Review: Take 2 by Ruchi Singh

The Blurb:

Priya’s idyllic world turns upside down when she realizes her husband considers her dead weight after stripping her off her inheritance for his ambitions and lavish lifestyle. Instantly attracted to Priya, Abhimanyu knows getting involved with a married woman is inviting trouble. But despite common sense, cautions and hesitations, he is drawn to help her. Happily ever after has become a myth for Priya and trying to keep the relationship platonic is becoming more and more difficult for Abhimanyu. In the tussle between ethics, fears and desires… will Priya embrace a second chance at happiness?

My Review:

I always look forward to stories about second chances, because life usually doesn’t figure itself out in the first chance. These stories, therefore, turn out to be a decent dose of inspiration. Having said that, I also believe that a second chance holds meaning only if the first has been made use of well. Ruchi’s story, thankfully, matched my expectations and therefore made for an enjoyable read.
The characters and the story are very real, very relatable. The thing that can go wrong with stories like these is too much suffering, too much doormatish behavior on the part of the woman. While letting go is difficult, holding on just for the sake of it shouldn’t be encouraged either. I’m glad that Priya was shown to understand in time how much of Sameer she wanted to hold on to and how much and when she wanted to let go.
Out of the three main characters I liked Ruchi’s potrayal of Priya the best. With her strengths and weaknesses both highlighted, Priya seems as real as any other woman, in a similar situation, that you or I may know. Abhimanyu and Sameer have been potrayed well too, inspiring emotions of love and hate, respectively, in the reader. But Priya stays my favorite.
When Nikita was introduced into the story, I thought we’ll be going down the familiar lane of inspiring jealousy in Priya, which will eventually drive her towards Abhimanyu. But for stories like these, real life happens in many shades than just jealousy. And Ruchi paints her story with those shades well.
The editing was a bit lax in certain places and could’ve been done better, but, nonetheless Take 2 was a page-turner.

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