The Perfect Groom
Title: The Perfect Groom
Author: Sumeetha Manikandan
Publisher: Indireads Inc.
Number of Pages: 162 (Estimated)
Price [INR] : 175
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Type : eBook
Very little has gone right in Nithya’s young life. So, when a proposal from a young, handsome NRI comes along, her mother jumps at the opportunity and packs her daughter off to the US with her perfect groom.
Nithya seems to have settled in with Ashok, ostensibly happy, if as yet childless, in her new life. When an old flame comes back into her life, however, the cracks in her perfect marriage begin to show.
The Perfect Groom is a captivating and an engaging novella which I finished reading in 2 hours. It is a realistic story based on a taboo in our society. Nithya is trapped in a loveless marriage, has a domineering mother-in-law who leaves no opportunity to grill and insult her for not blessing the family with a grandchild. Then, she also has scheming family members and a mother and sister whom she doesn’t want to hurt. Despite the odds against her, she emerges as a fighter and is pretty strong and confident. And at no point she is bogged down by the circumstances or spends time lamenting or cribbing about the cards stacked against her.
I liked the storyline, as it is slice of real life and can happen to anybody. The narrow-minded people, the wily relatives, the perceptions of a ‘perfect groom’, the effect on the marriage of a younger sibling if the elder one is divorced are some of the commonplace happenings and beliefs of our society, which has been explored well in this novella. The story also gives a sneak peak into the Tamilian lifestyle and culture. The characterization is good and one connects with the characters real soon.
I liked Sumeetha’s simple and conversational voice which is candid and honest. The story flows smoothly making it an interesting and enjoyable read.
The Perfect Groom is a story which has a lot of drama, twists and turns and of course romance too. With its fast paced and an entertaining story, The Perfect Groom is an enjoyable read!
Rating : [usr 3.5 text=”false” size=20]
June 20, 2014 5:46 pm|
I read the book Shilpa and it’s well written with perfect dose of long and longing, anxiety and emotional trip. Great review:)
June 21, 2014 10:35 am|
Glad you enjoyed reading this book too, Vishal. 🙂
June 20, 2014 8:04 pm|
I’m able to connect with the characters just by reading your review! Will definitely try to get my hands on this one.
June 21, 2014 10:35 am|
Happy reading, Indianchica 🙂
June 20, 2014 11:16 pm|
Seems like a new age tamil movie 🙂 .Will try catching up with the book!~
June 21, 2014 10:36 am|
Hmmm…. yes, it can be adapted into a movie 🙂
Hope you get to read it too, Ashwini 🙂
June 21, 2014 6:50 am|
Thank you Shilpa for that lovely review. Glad that you liked the book 🙂
June 21, 2014 10:37 am|
Hi Sumeetha. Good to see you here! It was my pleasure to read your book. Looking forward to read more from you 🙂
June 21, 2014 11:04 am|
Shilpa, at this rate I will have no place on my bookshelves for books you recommend and review. Love your straightforward and polite style of reviewing the books.
June 21, 2014 1:48 pm|
Aah! But Sulekha, this is an ebook, so you will not have any storage issues 😀 Go on and read this one 🙂 Thanks, you are too kind 🙂
June 21, 2014 11:53 am|
Wow, two hours! That sounds good 🙂 Interesting review, Shilpa. May just pick it up. Hope there are no sob stories of in-laws though 😉
June 21, 2014 1:52 pm|
It’s a ebook novella. And since it was a gripping and an interesting story, I read it at one go, without any break! Hmmm…. sob stories… no, nothing like that,… but there is some drama… do read it to know it 😀
June 21, 2014 3:12 pm|
A lot of Indian books are not available overseas which is a pity as this sounds like a good read. Well written review.
June 21, 2014 3:22 pm|
This is an ebook, Suzy and is available on Amazon. So, you should be able to lay your hands on it, easily in NZ. Thanks, glad you liked the review. 🙂
June 21, 2014 3:28 pm|
Some of the books are only available in certain countries, but this one is available for NZ and I have downloaded it. Thanks Shilpa.
June 21, 2014 3:30 pm|
Wow! That’s cool and quick, Suzy! Have a great time reading The Perfect Groom 🙂 ♥
June 21, 2014 3:50 pm|
true, it shows a slice of reality. I too liked the book 🙂
June 21, 2014 4:25 pm|
Yes, it is a nice interesting read! I read your review too 🙂
June 28, 2014 8:29 pm|
Hey, I too have a copy of this book but havent been able to read this. Seeing your review, I should definitely read this.