Disclaimer: I got this book as a beta-read copy from the very dear Sundari Venkatraman, and I am thankful for the trust she places in me!
With this yet another gem from the treasure trove of stories she holds, Sundari Venkatraman proves one more time why she is called the Queen of Romance. She weaves magic, love, passion with her words with such intensity that you don’t have an option but to drown into her stories. And you come back feeling happy, hopeful, and, most importantly, comforted.
For me Sundari’s books, especially her Marriages Made in India series, are like the sweet old Rajshri movies, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun and Hum Saath Saath Hain. Read her books when you need that dose of comfort and hope.
Another one of her plusses is that she writes in a way that makes the words read themselves out to you. Flowery prose and creating a mini thesaurus is something that she stays from, which kind of becomes the USP of her stories.
The Smitten Husband is the second book in the MMII series. It is the story of Chanda’s (from The Runaway Bridegroom) eldest brother Ram and Sapna, a young, beautiful, fiercely independent, and strong-headed girl.
The characters are sketched well and are pretty relatable. There is a certain level of idealism that comes through, but it isn’t overpowering.
What I liked most about the story was Sapna’s conviction, which might also come across as her adamancy, that her Prince Charming was going to come in her life in a certain way. So much that Ram’s riches, and of course his charms, aren’t enough to get the girl budging. I found that one thing very different from what I’ve read or seen otherwise.
The story is simple and sweet, and short enough that you could just curl up with it for a few hours and have an enjoyable reading session.
A certain 5/5 for this one.