Thursday, February 13, 2020

Book Review: Saved by Love by Shilpa Suraj

Title: Saved by Love

Author: Shilpa Suraj

Publisher: Locksley Hall

Naina Ahuja, daughter of the CJI, is kidnapped from her tent at a camping ground near Thiksey in Ladakh. The captors, a terrorist outfit, want to negotiate her life for that of their leader’s who has been convicted of countless acts of terrorism in her father’s court. “A life for a life,” that’s what the kidnapping is about. Naina knows for certain that her fate is doomed as her father would rather choose his principles any day over his daughter’s life. Enters Lieutenant Colonel Arjun Rathore. He is to lead a team of four highly trained officers in a covert operation to bring her back safely.

Though at this point the story looks predictable, it is not the entire truth. The two protagonists do fall for each other in Shilpa Suraj’s Saved by Love, however, their union is not how one would visualize in an otherwise run-of-the mill love story. The story has depth and much more to it than just ordinary romance.

Shilpa’s narrative is stunningly vivid with a flow-y yet crisp language that is easy to read. While the plot is expertly conceived and executed, the dialogues are nicely rendered with just the right amount of thrill and humour sprinkled over the concoction. The next best thing about the novel, besides the engaging plot, is the character development. Naina, with her vivaciousness, is a strong character who forges her own path and finds happiness on her own terms. Arjun, with his serious and brooding personality, is the embodiment of a gentleman. The love that blooms between these two is sweet and poignant and makes for a good read.

A remarkable love story for readers looking for equal parts romance and family drama.

Shilpa Suraj wears many hats - corporate drone, homemaker, mother to a fabulous toddler and author. An avid reader with an overactive imagination, Shilpa has weaved stories in her head since she was a child. Her previous stints at Google, in an ad agency and as an entrepreneur provide colour to her present day stories, both fiction and non-fiction.

I'd like to thank the author for letting me review the book. I do hope you end up liking the book when you read it. Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy reading!

* I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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