The Girl He Left Behind
Title: The Girl He Left Behind
Author: Shilpa Suraj
Publisher: Harlequin India
Number of Pages: 180
Price [INR]: 150
Sia was in love with her best friend Ryan and life couldn’t possibly be more perfect. But her world comes crashing down when Ryan walks away from her life to carve his own identity. He leaves her heartbroken only to return back in her life after 6 years.
Sia believes that she has moved on in life or perhaps not. Their paths cross each other, every day as Ryan’s advertising agency is working with Sia’s publishing house. So, her life is officially in hell too as they have to work together for the new ad campaign. Ryan tries to woo her back. But Sia is not taking any chances and ignores him. Will Sia let him back in her life again? And will Ryan ever win back the girl he left behind? Well, you need to read this book to find all about that.
The story line is pretty simple and a bit dramatic and clichéd, if I may add. I enjoyed all the different layers it added to the story, though. I liked the supporting characters, Minty and Adarsh who are the best buddies one can have. Even though Sia and Ryan’s relationship does not move at a fast pace, their thoughts, insecurities, hang-ups, and desires all ring true and one can easily identify with them. Though the bond and the chemistry that they share is palpable what I liked is Sia’s strength of accepting Ryan only when she is ready.
Shilpa’s writing style is clear, concise and engaging. A promising debut, indeed.
The cover design could have been better. I mean, if it was not a review copy, I would have never picked this book. Yes, I sometimes do judge a book by its cover. 😛
Definitely recommend if you’re in a mood for some light, breezy romance.
Rating : [usr 3.5 text=”false” size=20]
October 6, 2014 4:53 pm|
you read so much!! Love your honest reviews.
November 22, 2014 8:54 pm|
Love, love reading and honesty is the best policy 😉
October 6, 2014 5:41 pm|
Very clear and sincere review.
November 22, 2014 8:55 pm|
Thank you Ma’am 🙂
October 6, 2014 6:50 pm|
This read sounds engaging! And yes, that cover is so important.
November 22, 2014 8:56 pm|
Yes, until and unless a book is strongly recommended, a cover has a role in selection of book, definitely!
October 6, 2014 8:50 pm|
I agree, that cover design leaves a lot to be desired. Once again, a concise and informative review. Well done!
November 22, 2014 8:57 pm|
Thank you, Kathy 🙂
October 7, 2014 2:46 am|
Thanks, Shilpa. That’s a review that tells it like it is.
I am sure I can think of a few Hindi movies that stem from a similar plot. 🙂
November 22, 2014 8:59 pm|
Glad you liked this review, Monica 🙂
Yes, I am sure, there would be a few films on similar lines!
October 7, 2014 6:38 pm|
I’m currently reading Love in the times of Cholera… Once done with that I definitely need a light breezy read.. Thanks for sharing this
November 22, 2014 9:01 pm|
How is Love in the times of Cholera? Have heard a lot about it!
Do pick this one up and do share your review! 🙂
October 7, 2014 8:29 pm|
You always make interesting reviews, Shilpa. Agree that cover should have been more appealing!
November 22, 2014 9:03 pm|
Thanks Vishal and hope the author makes a note of the cover feedback.
October 8, 2014 2:09 pm|
Simple storyline but narration could be interesting …would have to read to find out
November 22, 2014 9:04 pm|
Go for it, Jaishree 🙂