Book Reviews

Book Review: The Second Coming by Shubha Menon

Disclaimer: As a member of The Book Club, I received a copy of this book in exchange of a honest review. This is not a paid review and the views expressed herein are solely my own.

The Blurb:
A wedding planner who believes in fairytale weddings, Mini yearns for romance in her own marriage. The magic of the initial years has vanished, leaving behind a hunger that she assuages with chocolate. Mini would love to change her situation, but she is over the hill, overweight and under confident. The chances of having a hot affair with a happening man are dim, if not non-existent.

An erstwhile royal scion decides to wed a Bollywood starlet and Mini is sent to Mumbai to plan the celebrations. The manager of the Mumbai office is young Rustom, the answer to Mini’s secret dreams. Goaded by impending menopause, Mini decides it’s now or never. She simply has to take a second stab at romance.

Rustom is a ladies man. He is also married, and a skirt chaser. Mini decides to shape up and get into the kind of skirts Rustom would want to chase.

Working together closely, Rustom and Mini fall into each others’ arms. Meanwhile, her husband gets wind of the affair and tries to reclaim her. Now Mini must choose between heady romance and steady matrimony.

But soon, Mini discovers that her romantic idol has feet of clay. In a dramatic end, the trusty husband stages a timely rescue. And Mini learns that a rock solid husband is worth many a dream lover.

My Review:
Second chances are bliss, aren’t they? Likewise, to read about people getting second chances at life is equally bliss; it inspires you to get up and get there like nothing else.
Shubha Menon’s The Second Coming deals with second chances in a refreshingly different way. When I heard about the plot, I knew for certain that I had to read this book!!! And I am glad I did. It is funny, quirky, refreshing, and a quick read.
The Second Coming is a story laced with a little twist here and a slight turn there-another thing that I liked about it. The characters are beautiful and relatable. Out of the three characters, I liked Shubha’s potrayal of Shyam the best. A quick revelation of his flaws and an eventual revelation of his strengths work well in conveying that life doesn’t come with good things and bad things predefined. It is on us to do that.
Mini, of course, is the strength of the story, beautifully carrying the story on her quickly-reducing shoulders. I loved her!
Although the book is a quick read, the story isn’t jumpy or fast-paced. It doesn’t leave out what is necessary and leaves only as much is required to the readers’ imagination. Shubha’s use of the vocabulary is good; the book is well-written in terms of its language and grammar.
The message that, I believe, Shubha wishes to convey through this book does come across loud and clear-Some things in life are worth fighting for; which ones, that is on us to decide.
I give this book a 5/5 🙂 .

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